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Shuttlecock (2019 film)

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Directed byTommy Gillard
Produced by
  • Simeon Costello
  • Ashleigh Powell
Screenplay byTommy Gillard
  • Tom Greaves
  • Niall Kiely
  • Sam Morgan
  • Alexander Pearn
  • James Cotter
Music byFreddy Mercer
CinematographyBoris Hallvig
Edited by
  • Tommy Gillard
  • Boris Hallvig
  • Exeter Phoenix
  • Spinning Path
Release date
  • November 2019 (2019-11)
CountryUnited Kingdom

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Shuttlecock is a 2019 sports comedy short film written and directed by Tommy Gillard. It stars Tom Greaves, Niall Kiely, Sam Morgan, Alexander Pearn and James Cotter.

The film had its world premiere at Two Short Nights film festival on 29th November 2019.[1] It also screened at BFI London Film Festival from 7th - 18th October 2020 where it picked up the Best Short Film Award.[2]


In this sports comedy, Carl (Tom Greaves) is forced to question his idea of masculinity when an obsession with a mysterious new member of his badminton club spirals out of control.

Carl is the king of the court, his bulging muscles and bushy moustache making him alpha-male at the charity tournament. But then he spots a mysterious new player in the changing room; Morgan Silk (Niall Kiely).

Morgan is slim, delicate, and a dab hand at badminton. An attempt to show up Morgan backfires on Carl, leaving him embarrassed and angry.

Morgan's effeminate but effective technique captivates the players, launching Carl into a race to prove he's the better man. As he and Morgan climb the scoreboards, Carl falls into a testosterone-fuelled rage, ostracizing himself from the players who worship Morgan's softer racket skills.

Morgan catches Carl half-naked in the mirror, flexing his muscles. Alone together, Carl tries to exert his dominance over Morgan. But contained in a small space, sweat dripping, the pair find themselves closer than they ever could've imagined. Morgan guides Carl through his sensitive technique. It's the two of them in the final. Let the best man win.

More than just a trophy at stake, Carl's powerful serves fight Morgan's effortless taps. Finally, Carl snaps, smashing the shuttlecock into Morgan's face. Wounded, the players carry a smirking Morgan away, ignoring Carl's exasperated protests.

The tournament over, Carl heads to the empty changing room. Morgan awaits, entering the showers. Carl follows into the steam, ready to change his life forever...


  • Tom Greaves as Carl
  • Niall Kiely as Morgan Silk
  • Sam Morgan as Lee
  • Alexander Pearn as Ross
  • James Cotter as Umpire


In May 2019, Exeter Phoenix revealed their 2019 film commission recipients including Tommy Gillard's film Shuttlecock.[3] The film was produced by Ashleigh Powell and Simeon Costello by production company Spinning Path.[4]


Principle photography on the film began on 30th August 2019.[5] Production concluded on 1st September 2019.

The film was shot in the sports hall and changing rooms of Sidmouth Community College.[6]


The film had its world premiere at Two Short Nights film festival on 29th November 2019.[1] It also screened at BFI London Film Festival from 7th - 18th October 2020 where it picked up the Best Short Film Award.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Exeter Phoenix Commission Premiere". www.exeterphoenix.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Winners announced for Virtual LFF Audience Awards 2020". BFI. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  3. "Exeter Phoenix Reveals Plans For Five Brand New Films | Exeter Phoenix". www.exeterphoenix.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  4. "Shuttlecock - Let the best man win | Spinning Path". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  5. "Shuttlecock has started filming! Day One!". Twitter. 30 Aug 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Bulmer, Joseph. "Male extras needed for short film being shot in Sidmouth". sidmouth.nub.news. Retrieved 2020-11-07.

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