The bullies used to lie in wait for Shaun. They ambushed him in the toilet, during recess, whenever his guard was down.
He hated them, but not as much as he hated himself. There was no point in revenge, he reasoned, but he still kept a knife in his school bag.
When he finally found a good use for the knife, it wasn’t a scene of guts and glory.
It was years on, as an adult, he met a young boy just like himself.
He realised that he still had a hole to his heart. His guard was always up, guarding his cold, frigid heart.
It was waiting to be made whole again.
Nic and his team won the Gold Award at The 21st ifva Awards Animation Category, Grand Award & Animation Gold Award at the 9th HKMFF 2016, and was the Silver Award & Audience Choice Award in 17th TBS DIGICON6 ASIA 大賞 Hong Kong Region 2015. It was in the Official Selection at the Taichung International Animation Festival and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2015.
More on the production team here.