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Meet Shelby. Feet-up on the backseat, music blaring, she’s mouthy and she’s cocky.

Girls like Shelby look like trouble, but there’s more to Shelby than meets the eye.


From the backseat of the bus, Shelby is trying to make sense of the world and the people in it. We hear Shelby’s stories and along the way meet a busload of colourful characters. Diane-from-Savers has a thing about getting on first. Danny the bus driver - he’s actually alright y’know.


Amidst the bags of shopping and miserable commuters 'The Backseat' offers a unique insight into a young girl's view of the world.  

A world that has mistreated her so far. 


The film is a clever and sensitive look at those in the community who are vulnerable and marginalised.

Genre: Drama

Run time: 18 minutes 

The film was funded by IdeasTap with the support of the Northern Film School and the BFI.


Teresa Burns



Miranda Howard-Williams


 Adam Gregory Smith



Phil Moreton



Kate Lassman Long

Dominic Kinnard 

Festival Screenings

Brest European Short Film Festival 2017 -  BAFTA Qualifying

British Urban Film Festival 2016

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2017 - BAFTA Cymru Qualifying

London Independent Film Festival 2017

Manchester International Film Festival 2017

New Renaissance Film Festival 2017

No Gloss Film Festival 2016

Norwich Film Festival 2017 -  BIFA Qualifying

Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival 2017

WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival 2017

From The Heart Film Festival 2019

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