Two teenage boys break free from school to embark on a dangerous adventure, as they truant their way across the threatening industrial landscape which surrounds them.
Filmed in the northern town of Blackburn in England with a completely local cast and a shoestring budget, The Truants was childhood inspired, street casted and entirely improvised. Winning multiple awards, the film has screened at over 30 festivals around the world, with praise from BAFTA award-winning director Shane Meadows.
"An exceptional feat in short filmmaking. It’s rare that we come across a short film that grips us from beginning to end." Short Sighted Cinema
"A film that explores loss of control and bullying, The Truants is an intense critique of boyhood and naivety." Short of the Week
"Incredibly realistic and compelling study of anti-socialism, neglect, delinquency and bullying." UK Film Review
30 screenings and 4 awards including:
• Short of the Week ‘Film of the Day’ - February 2017 • BFI Future Film Festival 2017 - Official Selection • British Shorts Film Festival Berlin 2017 - Official Selection • London Short Film Festival 2017 (BAFTA qualifying) - Official Selection • Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival 2016 - Official Selection • Castellinaria International Film Festival 2016 - Winner ‘Best Film’ • 26th Cinemagic Film Festival 2016 - Official Selection • 46th Giffoni Film Festival 2016 - Ofﬁcial Selection • Short Sighted Cinema : The Shortest Nights 2016 - Official Selection