a paper-thin line between profound joy and complete hopelessness

59 Productions presents ‘Beat’, a short film written and directed by Aneil Karia, featuring Ben Whishaw. The project sees 59 Productions collaborating with associate artists director Aneil Karia, and cinematographer Stuart Bentley.

Shot in London on 16mm, the film documents a day in the life of a man who appears to be walking a paper-thin line between profound joy and complete hopelessness. This film is about the sprawling chaos and oppressive loneliness that can coexist in the city, and a man who finds his withdrawal from the world challenged by a visceral force.

After premiering at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the film was screened at over 40 festivals worldwide including Edinburgh, Warsaw, Rhode Island, Melbourne, Brest European Short Film Festival, Slamdance and Encounters, where the film won the New European Talent Award.


Bristol Encounters Festival 2013

Winner, European New Talent Award

London Film Festival 2013
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013
Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
Warsaw International Film Festival 2013
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2013
Brest Film Festival of Short Films 2013
London Short Film Festival 2014
Slamdance Film Festival 2014



Ben Whishaw


Keiron Jecchinis

Peter Sims

Jamie Alderson

Alistair Greener

Henry Garrett

Katie Burnetts

Ann Pidcock

Steve Laopodis

Chelsea Fitzgerald

Sheetal Dee

Remy Beasley

Joe Fairclough

Carl Prekopp

Hannah Daniel

Director / Writer

Aneil Karia


Scott O’Donnell

Executive Producers

Mark Grimmer
Aneil Karia


Stuart Bentley

Steadicam Operator

Rupert Power

Focus Puller

Paul Dain


David Nye


Henry Lockyer

1st Assistant Director

Hamish Storey

Sound recordist

Xan Marquez

Art Director

Henry Woolway

Costume Designer

Aradia Crockett

Chief Make-Up Artist

Eve Coles

Make-Up Artist

Sophie Ashworth


Laura Williamson


Adam Kola


Chris O’Donnell


Ashwin Bhardwaj

Produced by

National Theatre
Manchester International Festival