About Tom Stubbs

Tom Stubbs

Light and Dark – a twin biopic feature documentary 

Watch the 10min multi award winning short here

The proposed feature documentary is a buddy movie about the relationship of two guys trying to create and put on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe; how will two unknowns fill an empty stage whilst also trying to deal with each other, particularly as neither has done this before…

One is normally an underpaid documentary filmmaker who is riddled with self-doubt; currently worried he will be accused of exploiting the other’s disability as a potential meal ticket.

The other is an autistic comic book artist; totally self-possessed and uninhibited about how pleased he is in his own creativity.

They are both constantly obsessing about what other people think.

The film will look at how as individuals they flounder, but somehow together they both pull the other towards something better; each will force the other to break social barriers and imaginary walls around themselves, and in doing so will tumble the viewer into a surprisingly rich fantasy world.

As their play takes shape they will create a universe to test and expose their dreams to what they hope they want, a raptures audience.

The documentary will follow them from small beginnings in this world, into conflicts in altered dimensions and then back again to hopeful triumphs out on the road.


Will their play find an audience? What happens if there are only 4 people in the audience at Edinburgh, what will happen to their friendship?


Based on the success of their previous short and due to their existing comic camaraderie whatever happens viewers of this documentary will be entertained…

Featuring and directed by Tom Stubbs and Michael Smith

“Working with Michael is always exciting, I can never quite tell what is going to happen next but whatever it is I know it will force me to think outside of the box, and it will ultimately burn itself onto eyes of the viewer” – Tom

“Tom is a unique person to be around, the way he views the media/film world is always a treasure to experience; and while my skills in my storyboard, art creation, imagination and script design are a starting point, Tom’s skill in camera work, editing, producing and distributing are what make my ideas become real and without him, I would get nowhere…” – Michael


Tom Stubbs would contribute to FilmWorks his considerably experience gained from 20 years of film making. He has written, directed, edited and produced drama, documentary and animation, he is a director of Biggerhouse film and JUMPcuts. Stubbs is an excellent collaborator and brings enthusiasm and drive to every project. He has an excellent record in enabling people to tell their own stories, and has shaped countless short films; using many styles, techniques and forms. He has often worked with marginalized groups, for example; excluded teenagers, people with dementia and adults with learning disabilities. Stubbs’ ambition and storytelling ability makes all his work communicate and emotionally connects to an audience; whatever the film’s starting point. He has a sensibility that encourages people to share their creativity, ideas and emotions, without an over sentimental eye; matched with the vision and skill to make an entertaining film, even from the most worthy of subjects. His work has gained recognition in many film festivals, both nationally and internationally. Stubbs has realized that for his work to match his ambition he needs to network to find collaborators to help him focus, market and enable future projects to connect successfully to larger audiences.

September 2012

Website: www.biggerhousefilm.co.uk
Twitter: @tomstubbs_uk

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For anyone in Bristol on morning of Tuesday 23rd April?

Hi everyone – here is the blurb about a screening of a recent film that The Watershed are kindly hosting, now i need to actually finish this thing…. You are invited to a special premier screening of OUR CENTURY  Tuesday 23rd April – 10.30am The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX Artist Joff Winterhart and filmmaker Tom Stubbs collaborate with 27 Bristol residents- They all set off to make a guide to what has changed within living memory, to … Continue reading

I’ve changed my biog to include to my current synopsis…

…this was based on a comment in our last meeting from Tiggy about her wanting and easy way of seeing every one’s idea quickly – let me know any thoughts and if there is any typos – there normally is…      

working on plot

in the last 3 years much has changed in the land of THE DARK FOX https://vimeo.com/52002619

Would you want to see this film, based on this synopsis…?

Michael Smith – an autistic comic book artist has hijacked this documentary, he is demanding people recognize his genius; it is something he has always known in his 28 years and can’t understand why no one else hasn’t noticed it. This is a buddy movie featuring the subject and the director, it follows them as they collude to take the audience by the short and curlies and drag them kicking and screaming into a universe … Continue reading

Can I make a film that deliberately sets out to fail?

I’ve been trying to do my mood boards – ie knicking other people’s stuff to help people understand the idea. I’ve been grabbing bits and bobs from DVDs and off the internet, of films and programs that  resonate with me, not quite linking them to this project yet, but the process of seeing stuff helps set ideas off. In the process I dug up an old trailer I made with Michael about Light and Dark, made … Continue reading

Film people then would not be precious about their ideas and as competitive as now…

HOMEWORK – Right, it has been a few days from the first FilmWorks session at the watershed. It is the first time I’ve signed an MOU where I’m supposed to blog about what I am doing. I have at various times through out my life thought about those people that are able to keep diaries or write journals. I’ve often then found myself beating myself up for my inability to keep one. I’ve never managed to … Continue reading