Sharp Shorts Year 2

Synopsis: On her first day at a high school in rural Scotland, a London teenager is targeted for her afro hair by cocksure class bully and must harness her inner power.


Director & Writer: Eubha Akilade 
Producer(s): Jack Gemmell and Sophie Chater 
Director of Photography: Andrew O’Connor 
Casting Director: Anna Dawson 
Editor: Mark Fraser 
Composer: Taneka Miles 
Production Designer: Iveta Smidt 
Standby Art Director: Larisa Gormal
Costume Designer: Honor Anderson
1st Assistant Director: Lee Preston
Gaffer: Stewart Torley
Sound Recordist: David McKeitch 
Sound Recordist (Dailies): Aidan Lochrin 
Focus Puller: Sil Derkx
2nd Assistant Camera: Ross Elliott 
2nd Assistant Camera (Dailies): Spike Wright 
Spark: Mondo Love 
Digital Imaging Technician: Joel Rock
Script Supervisor: Erin McCardie 
Production Coordinator: Anna Whealing and Alexandra Silverton
3rd Assistant Director: Andrew Malone
Costume Assistant: Heida Senkute 
Specialised Hair Stylist : Helen McEwan 
Make-up designer: Rhona Stewart 
Intimacy Coordinator: Georgia Alexandria Johnson
Stills Photographer: Shonagh Kelly
Runner: Amanda Ajomale 
Runner: Kiet Pham
Medic: Amanda Digby
Colourist: Katie Dymmock 
Colour Producer: Pete Burch
Online Editor: Jack Lang 
Audio Post Production: Savalas 
Illustrator: Jacqueline Briggs
Designer: Graham Anderson


Naomi: Miriam Nyarko 
Jonny: William Alexander 
Miss Wilson: Lucianne McEvoy
Cara: Mollie Milne 
Sophie: Rebecca Curbelo Valdivia 
Tahira: Shirin Singh
Robert: Cormac MacLachlan
Simon: Piers Stewart
Gina: Brenda Vengsa

Photo credit: Shonagh Kelly


About Eubha Akilade

Eubha Akilade is an actor/writer/director from Glasgow. Working as an actor and being on sets from a young age, Eubha quickly developed a keen interest in behind-the-scenes. 

After completing a 6-month screenwriting programme through the National Film and Television School in 2021, she received her first short film commission, through Short Circuit. The short BLACKWOOL, written and directed by Eubha, was funded by Screen Scotland and BFI and is due for festival release in 2023. Eubha also co-wrote and directed on the BBC monologue series The Wedding.


About Jack Gemmell

Jack Gemmell is a Glaswegian filmmaker and writer for stage and screen. He was selected as one of BBC Writersroom’s Scottish Voices 2022, whilst producing BFI/Screen Scotland commissioned short, BLACKWOOL, directed by Eubha Akilade. 

With a diverse background in production across shorts, commercials, music videos, and features, Jack wrote and produced 12th Man (GSFF, Portico Media) and acted as an associate producer on the Glasgow-based short film, Unders, due to release in 2023. For the stage, he was selected for Traverse Young Writers and has been in artistic development with Traverse Theatre with his full-length play Tobojo (Boris Johnson is Toast)’. This was performed as part of First Stages Festival.


About Sophie Chater

Sophie Chater is a Scotland-based commercial, short film, and documentary producer.

While working at STV, she began her involvement in the independent film scene, producing her first short, Eyes Down, a trans-focused drama that was shown at a wide selection of festivals globally, and in particular, received acclaim and awards from 16days16films.

After leaving STV, Sophie focused on further independent works, such as the documentary, One Last Spin, which as well as playing at a host of festivals, was officially requested for use in training staff at Citizens Advice in Scotland due to its accuracy in the depiction of addiction.

Sophie is now a freelance member of production teams and has this year worked with Glasgow-based Cut Media to assist on a range of commercials, and with Storyboard Studios where she coordinated the simultaneous filming of two BBC documentaries for their first-time director’s fund.