Casback Nomination Press Release Ugly Duckling Films February 2, 2006
Press release:


CASHBACK (2004), the acclaimed 18-minute short film written and directed by Sean Ellis, was nominated on Jan 31st for the 2006 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film. This follows a successful festival run which saw the British short film sweep international festival awards and eventually launched a feature-length version of the film. The newly completed feature version of CASHBACK may be the first feature to contain an Oscar-nominated® short within its running time.

Since it first premiered on the festival circuit in September 2004, CASHBACK the short film has won over twelve festival awards, including the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival 2004 and Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival 2005. Popular with audiences both in Europe and North America, the film aired on France 2 last November and was also included in two European DVD compilations of award-winning short films last year. The film's sales agents are currently in talks with several US parties for North American distribution of the short. In addition, CASHBACK will be included in three public screenings of the Oscar-nominated® shorts, organized by the Academy to take place in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. prior to the awards ceremony.

Starring Sean Biggerstaff (the Harry Potter films) and Emilia Fox (The Pianist), CASHBACK focuses on the characters who work the late shift at the local Sainsbury's and how they deal with the boredom of that eight-hour shift. An ensemble comedy-drama, it features the trademark visual of Ellis, one of Britain's premier fashion photographers who has directed commercials and music videos since 1999.

CASHBACK was produced by Ellis' long-time producer Lene Bausager for Left Turn Films, the production company jointly owned by Ellis and Bausager. Gaumont has acquired worldwide rights except the UK on the feature version of CASHBACK. They are also entering a first-look deal with Left Turn Films on Ellis' future projects.

The 78th Annual Academy Awards® will take place Sunday, March 5th at 5pm PST at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Ellis and Bausager will both be present at the red-carpet ceremony.

For further information on Sean Ellis:

For features: Lene Bausager – Left Turn / Ugly Duckling Films

+44 207 494 4433.

For commercials/promos: Kai Hsiung – RSA Films

+44 207 437 7426.

For stills: Kayte Ellis – The Office London

+44 207 336 6006

For international sales of CASHBACK:

For the short: John Flahive/Karena Weekes – British Film Institute

+44 207 255 14 44

For the feature: Ariane Toscan du Plantier – Gaumont

+33 1 46 43 20 25