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"The unhappy coincidence of our names might give rise to quite inappropriate humour. Particularly in this location."

Paris Short Film Official Selection 2022
New Creators Official Selection 2022
Indie Movies Spark Film Festival 2022
Europa Film Festival Official Selection 2022
BPISFF - 2022


Quarter Finalist BPISFF Comedy Shorts 2022
Europa Film Festival Finalist 2022
FFA Official Selection 2022

"When the body of what appears to be a city gent, complete with pinstripe suit, umbrella, briefcase and bowler hat, is discovered buried in the sand of a holiday beach, the lugubrious Inspector Buckett (Nikki Shepherd) and the keen but hapless Sergeant Spade (Anna Leigh-Rose) are sent to investigate.

It transpires that the briefcase contains a gun and 25 thousand pounds and that the deceased has the initials FM tattooed on his buttocks.

The case taxes all of Buckett's investigative powers as each lead they follow seems to direct them down a blind alley.

On route to the riddle's final and bizarre solution, they encounter a gallery of larger than life characters; a boring suburban couple Mr and Mrs Brent (Chris Angell & Ruth Clarke), Mr Bennett (Nick Goodman) a Saville Row tailor and Mrs Perkins (Cath Angell) his raucous cutter, and the upper crust Sir Frank Morton QC (Alistair Faulkner) and his wife Lady Morton (Cath Angell).

And in the end the solution is all to do with monkeys and typewriters."

8  Halfilm Awards 2022

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Random jottings on the making of Riddle in the Sand..

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Detective Inspector Buckett - Nikki Shepherd

Sargeant Spade - Anna Leigh-Rose

Mr Brent - Chris Angell

Mrs Brent - Ruth Clarke

Mr Bennett - Nick Goodman

Mrs Perkins - Cath Angell

Lady Morton - Cath Angell

Sir Frank Morton - Alistair Faulkner

Directed by - Richard Clarke

Written by - Alistair Faulkner

Cast List
Nikki Sheppard - Inspector Buckett
Riddle In The Sand Poster
Anna Rose - Sargeant Spade

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