A Little Grey

Short Film (2016)


London Golden Scout, Magic Garden, 11th-12th November 2017

Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, Edinburgh, 10th October 2017

Leigh Film Festival, Leigh, UK, 7th October 2017

3D Wire, Segovia, Spain, 5th-8th October 2017

Shortest Nights, London, TBC

Lift Off LA, 11th-15th September 2017

Shorts on Tap, London, TBC

Nightpiece, Edinburgh Fringe, 22-26th August 2017

The Short Cinema, Leicester, UK, August 2017

Zero Film Fest, London, 15th-17th August 2017

Long Beach International Film Festival, NY USA, 1st-4th August 2017

Woods Hole Film Festival, Cape Cod, USA, 29th July – 5th August 2017

Edinburgh Film Festival, Filmhouse 1, 4.15pm 29th June 2017

British Animation Film Festival, 24th-25th June 2017

Oxford Int’ Film Festival, Phoenix Picturehouse, 5th-7th May 2017

Cardiff Independent Film Festival, 5th-7th May 2017

Manchester International Film Festival, 2nd-5th March 2017 *WINNER*

Roanne Short Animated Film Festival, France, March 2017

London Short Film Festival, Hackney Picturehouse, 10th January 2017

UK Premiere at the London International Animation Festival 2nd December 2016

World Premiere at Anilogue, Budapest, 23rd November 2016


A colourful story about losing your spark and finding redemption.

A beautifully-rendered, CGI animated film that follows the tribulations of a grey man in a colourful world. Featuring the vocal talents of Tony Gardner (Fresh Meat) and Richard Attlee (The Archers), A Little Grey takes us on a journey to save a soul, via bars, churches, doctor’s surgeries, tattoo parlours and beyond. A collaboration between writers Simon Hewitt and Stuart Royall, and animation studios Beakus and Mighty, this is a lyrical short story about losing your spark and finding redemption.


A Little Grey started life as a script idea for a short film conceived by advertising gent Simon Hewitt. Collaborating with Stuart Royall a full script took shape and Beakus became involved. Well-versed in development work for long- and short-form projects, director/producer Steve Smith honed the concept for an animated short.

Hewitt had always seen the grey world inhabited by the film’s anti-hero as synthetic yet grounded in reality, and CGI animation was clearly the best choice to provide a rich yet muted environment in which the story could best play out. Up stepped Beakus directors Mighty, who designed and built everything on-screen. Working very long hours, and over an extended production period, the team – lead by Laura Thomas – crafted a beguiling story about a man who’s lost his spark, and goes looking for redemption.

Beakus found their ideal voices in Tony Gardner (Fresh Meat) and Richard Attlee (The Archers), and worked with genius sound designer Marian Mentrup to develop the claustrophobic psychological sound bed and music.

The film is currently being shown at festivals worldwide, and we will be updating this page with screenings as often as we can.


Release date: 2016

Duration: 5:16 (25fps)

Original Format: 1920×1080 HD PAL, DIGITAL, 16:9/1.78:1, COLOUR, STEREO 5.1 SURROUND

Contact: Laura Thomas @ Beakus

Social: #ALittleGrey

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