waiting (2018)


Everyday Frederica waits. 

A day in the life of Frederica, a retired staff nurse, who once led a full and content life but who now spends her days... waiting.


The second film in a trilogy of shorts exploring the themes of loneliness, old age and dementia. 


Film Type: Short

Runtime: 11 minutes 26 seconds

Premiere Date: January 2019

Production Budget: 3,000 GBP

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

Film Language: English

Production company: Zebrafish Media


Frederica: Cleo Sylvestre 

Cleo is an English actress in film, stage and television. She is the ex artistic director of the Rosemary Branch Theatre. Her film appearances include Kidulthood (2006) and Paddington (2014).

Tracy: Clare Tyndall 

Clare trained at the Guildford School of Acting gaining a degree in Musical Theatre. Credits include: Big Time! the story of Lionel Bart, at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and commercials for Gala Bingo and Best Buy. 

Catia: Rita Bernard-Shaw

Rita is an exciting young actress known for her roles in Growing Pains (2017), Shiro's Story (2018) and Eternal Beauty (2019).


Writer & Director : Anthony Hett

Anthony is a London based Welsh Writer/Director and Poet who graduated from City, University of London in 2011, with an MA Creative Writing (Plays & Screenplays). Anthony has written and directed four short films, including a trilogy of short films 'letters', 'waiting' and 'Scrable' (known collectively as - 'Only the Lonely') as well as a short film poem called When we were foxes.     


Cinematographer: Robbie Bryant

Robbie climbed the ranks in the camera department whilst working on studio films including 'Harry Potter', 'Captain America' and 'James Bond'. He has been mentored by several cinematographers including Haris Zambarloukos and Dan Mindel. His recent short 'Wale' was shortlisted for an Academy Award 2019 and was nominated for a BAFTA 2019.


Producer: James Norbury 

James is an executive producer and co-founder of Zebrafish Media - an international production company creating films, music videos and commercial content.

Editor: Samuel O'Brien

Samuel is a Filmmaker and Artist from the Cotswolds working as a Music Video Director, Narrative Filmmaker and Fine Artist. His Short Films have played in festivals across the globe. Recent credits include ‘Angel,’ ‘The End,’ and Directing and Editing the Music Video for Liverpool based band Her’s.


London Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2018)

London Short Film Festival (2019)

Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival (2019)

Beeston Film Festival (2019)

CineShots, Streatham (2019)

Women Over 50 Film Festival (2019)

Los Angeles Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2019)

Amsterdam Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2019)

Paris Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2019)

Melbourne Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2019)

The Creative Alliance - Indie Film Fete (2020)

Tulipoff International Film Festival, Copenhagen (2020)

Awards & Nominations

(Nominated) Best British Short Film - London Short Film Festival (2019)

(Finalist) Melbourne Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2019)

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Only the Lonely

A trilogy of short films on the themes of loneliness, old age and dementia. 

          letters (2014)                                             waiting (2018)                                       Scrable (2019)

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