Synopsis: Stephen and Abbie have matched through a dating website. A romantic meal at Abbie’s house soon unleashes a painful memory of a disturbed past. Stephen’s date rapidly unfolds into his worst nightmare.

Genre: Psychological thriller

Production Year: 2015


This production was the first time I’d worked with a crew. The subject matter was incredibly sensitive and I intended to shine a light on it, wrapped within a genre film.

Although the character of Abbie is the central antagonist, she is a tortured soul who has lost her way.

I wanted to make a film about loss and grief, wrapped in the genre of a psychological thriller. There are cold, uncomfortable moments that have emotional vulnerability weaved in between.

Writer/Director: Adam Awni
DOP: Nick Cooke
Music: Ed Watkins
Producer: Adam Awni

International awards:

Vienna Fright Nights – Best Short
Vienna Fright Nights – Best Actress The Monthly Film Festival – Editor of the month Horrible Imaginings Film Festival – Best Actress in a Short Film
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival – Audience Favourite Short Film
L.A Neo Noir Film Festival – Grand Jury Award

Official selection:

Cannes Film Festival 2015 Short Film Corner – France (accepted into short film corner) Bram Stoker Film Festival – UK
Atlantic Film Festival – Canada
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival – USA (Nominated Best Dramatic Short Film, Best Director of a Short Film, Best Actor in a Short Film, Best Actress in a Short Film, Best Score in a Short Film, Best Cinematography in a Short Film)
Beeston Film Festival (Nominated Best Horror) – UK
St Albans Film Festival – UK
Vienna Fright Nights (Nominated Best Actor) – Austria
East Midlands Showcase– UK
The Monthly Film Festival (Nominated Film of the Month) Calgary
Horror Con – Canada
CineBodega Film Festival – USA
El Dorado Film Festival – USA
Korea Indie and Expat Film Festival – Korea
Umbertidead Film Festival – Italy
Fright Night Film Fest – USA
The Halloween Horror Picture Show – USA
Freak Show Film Festival – USA
Fake Flesh Film Festival – Canada
Dark Scream Film Festival – UK
LA Neo Noir Film Festival – USA
Exit 6 Film Festival – UK
Tri-Cities Film Festival – USA
Idaho Horror Film Festival – USA