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On Sunday

An old man and his dog make their routine walk to the isolated clifftops of deepest Cornwall...but this time they're not alone.

Director Biography - David Lea Writer/Director David Lea comes from a back ground of photography, fine art and animation and has over 14 years experience working in film and VFX. He first won acclaim in 2002 when 'Half Life' a film he co-directed for Greenpeace won First Prize and Special Jury Prize at the young Advertising Awards in Cannes. He went on to direct award winning music promos for Artists such as The Offspring, Emiliana Torrini and was nominated for Best VFX at the MTV music video awards for his work on the Radiohead Promo 'There, There'. Writer and director of numerous short films, his short 'Storage' (staring Tom Hughes - About Time, Cemetery Junction) premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival before screening at festivals around the world. His new sci-fi short 'On Sunday' is now complete and ready for festivals. Using an individual mix of narrative drama, off beat humour and distinctive visual style he continues to draw, paint, write, film, direct, work as a VFX artist and develop ideas for feature films.

Director Statement ON SUNDAY is a my paean to the science fiction films of my childhood. I wanted to create a simple film that told a story in its own time and captured the sense of wonder I feel is lost in many of the films released today. 'ON SUNDAY' took 5 years to complete - mainly because I did it 'Gareth Edwards' style taking on around 90% of the films production and post production myself and having to learn around 5 different CG packages from scratch in order to create the ship wreck which features in the film. This film is a thank you to my Dad, who actually features in the film. Way back in 1984 he hand built a cabin bed for my bedroom and underneath this, made from wood, flashing lights and copper piping he'd constructed a spaceship cockpit. I was 6 years old and via fuzzy VHS's already indoctrinated in the ways of the force, last star fighters and Xenomorphs - my dad used to censor the scary bits by recording Sunday Cricket over them. The finished cabin bed was a fledgling geek's dream come true. 31 years later I thought it was past time to repay the favour and build him his very own spaceship.


  • David Lea Director

  • David Lea Writer

  • David Lea Producer

  • Brian Lea Key Cast

  • Marc Miles-Thomas Key Cast

  • Jon Opstad Composer

  • Daniel Leavy Editor

  • Simon Brown Visual Effects

  • David Lea Visual Effects

  • François Pons Visual Effects

  • Connor O'ryan Animator

  • Cathrine Brooks Animator


  • Project Type: Short

  • Genres: Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi

  • Runtime: 6 minutes 30 seconds

  • Completion Date: April 28, 2016

  • Production Budget: 5,000 GBP

  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom

  • Country of Filming: United Kingdom

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: HD

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: No


  • Cornwall Film Festival 2016 Falmouth United Kingdom November 7, 2016 U.K. Premiere

  • Flickers Rhode Island int film festival 2016 New York United States August 14, 2016 American Premiere

  • Oxford Film Festival Oxford, Mississippi. United States February 18, 2017 Narrative Short - Special Jury Award

  • Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival 2017 Boston United States February 24, 2017 Best Visual FX

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