Reality doesn’t happen by itself. Behind the scenes, Terry Lothian works tirelessly, dedicated to maintaining the intricate background details that we often take for granted. However, with his department experiencing the strain of austerity cutbacks, the consequences extend beyond mere budget constraints. As the fabric of reality begins to fray, the very foundation of our existence starts to unravel, leaving us to question what we once assumed was immutable.

Commissioned by Talkies Community Cinema in association with Short Sighted Cinema for the HERE Film Festival 2017, Clanker Man emerged as a testament to creative excellence. Its captivating storytelling and mesmerizing visuals garnered recognition and acclaim, earning it several prestigious awards. Among these accolades are the Melies d’Or for Best European Fantastic Short Film in 2017/18 and the Melies d’Argent at the San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival in 2017. Additionally, the film triumphed at the Dark Owls International Short Film Competition at the Leeds International Film Festival in 2017 and secured the title of Best Mockumentary Short at the On Vous Ment Mockumentary Festival in 2018. The enthusiastic response from audiences also granted Clanker Man the Audience Award at the Beeston Short Film Festival in 2018 and the esteemed Little Imp Best Short Film Award at Indie-Lincs the same year. Furthermore, its innovative portrayal of architecture earned it the Window to Architecture Award at the Kurzfilmwoche International Short Film Festival in 2018, solidifying its position as a remarkable and multi-award-winning cinematic masterpiece.

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