Running time 15mins
Language English
Subtitle language English
Sound Available in 5.1 Dolby & Stereo

Film Details

Director Thomas Bailey
Genre Drama
Themes Cerebral, Suspenseful, Offbeat
Available Broadcast on Channel 4, 16th Nov 2023. Now available to stream on All4 here
On the set of a luxury car commercial, an overlooked assistant seizes his chance to get noticed by the star. Filmed entirely on and around a Virtual Production Stage, The Talent is a lyrical meditation on masculinity, desire and becoming. Starring Golden Globe nominee Emma D'Arcy.
Our Take
This pioneering short film from writer-director Thomas May Bailey uses cutting-edge Virtual Production Technology as a metaphor for dreams, fantasy and obsession.

Golden-Globe nominee Emma D'Arcy (The House of the Dragon) is Tommy, a lowly runner working on a glamorous car advert.

Leo Suter (Vikings: Valhalla) is David, the Hollywood star featuring in the commercial. The wider cast includes Rhianne Barreto (The Outlaws), Karl Queensborough (Enterprice, Hamilton) and David Mills (Florence Foster Jenkins).

The Talent was written specifically for a Virtual Production “Volume” Stage and, thanks to a creative partnership with Garden Studios, we were able to use this emerging technology usually reserved for multi-million dollar features and HETV. The film was successfully filmed in early 2023, and has screened at festivals in the UK in France. In November 2023 The Talent was nominated for a BIFA.

The Talent was produced by Ellen Spence and Second Name Productions in association with Smoking Gun Films.

Behind the Scenes