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Synopsis: Since his Mum died, 12 year old Billy is convinced he can fly. A pastime that can be very dangerous when it involves open windows and high trees. His foster parents, Marcus and Laura, are trying to help him come to terms with his loss but Marcus soon realises that to really help Billy, he must first face the grief he buried many years ago when his own Mother died. As Marcus and Billy tentatively find a way forward, hope and friendship eventually start to grow.





Run Time

17 minutes


Shane Attwooll (Marcus)
Jenna Russell (Laura)
Archie Sanders (Billy)
Cathy Diver (Neighbour)
Shauna Fletcher (Neighbour)

Directed by

Emma Pitt

Produced by

Emma Pitt
Dan Shoring


Dan Shoring

Prod. Company

One Eyed Man Music and Film

Director's Statement

I wrote ‘The Boy Who Thought He Could Fly’ because I wanted to tell a story about how important it is to talk, and to listen. I’m so pleased with how the cast interpreted the script, I think their performances are very honest and truthful. It’s a very personal film to me, and I’m very proud of it. I hope it goes some way to help start conversations around grief, mental health and recovery.

Director's Bio

Emma is a UK based writer and film maker. She graduated with a Distinction from the TV Scriptwriting MA at De Montfort University and is repped by Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates.
She’s had writing projects in development with TV companies such as BBC Drama and ITV. She’s also had a number of plays staged across the UK as well as writing short plays for radio. Her short horror film ‘The Ballad of a Haunted Man’ has been screened across the world and won a number of awards. Her new film ‘The Boy Who Thought He Could Fly’, is a family drama centered around bereavement, loss and hope.


Gold Movie Awards - United Kingdom - 2020

Winner Best Actor Under 18 (Archie Sanders)

Spotlight Independent Film Awards - United States - 2019

Silver Award Best Independent Short Film (Emma Pitt)

Florence Film Awards - Italy - 2020

Honourable Mention Award: Best Actor (Shane Attwooll)

Florence Film Awards - Italy - 2020

Honourable Mention Award: Best Drama Short Film (Emma Pitt)

Independent Shorts Awards - United States - 2020

Silver Award: Best Woman Short (Emma Pitt)


Independent Shorts Awards - United States - 2020

Best Actor Nominee

Country of Origin

United Kingdom

Production Year


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