pregnant pause

13 mns, UK, 2016.
stan and lola films.
film london. sky.

pee. wait. panic. steph is in a happy long-term relationship, but now she might be pregnant, she has no idea what she wants.



pregnant pause had its online premiere on short of the week and is also a vimeo staff pick. 


festivals & screenings


bafta longlisted

vimeo staff pick

short of the week


jack gold prize for best direction awarded by lenny Abrahamson, fastnet film festival

honourable mention, jury award for best short film, british short film festival, berlin

best short film, london independent film awards


official selection:

bfi London film festival

underwire film festival, nominated for best actor

london short film festival

palm springs international shortfest

flickers' rhode island international shortfest

loco film festival

encounters film festival

aesthetica short film festival

maryland international film festival

dingle international film festival

hackney attic film festival

latitude festival

the shortest nights

this is england: festival du court-metrage brittanique de rouen

revolution me film festival

two short nights

lublin film festival

indy film festival

breakthrough film festival

openeyes filmfest

independent women films

santa fe film festival

festival alto vicento


watch the film



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steph | alexandra roach

alex recently appeared in huntsman, no offence and hunderby. Her film and television credits include cuban fury, being human, the iron lady, and utopia.  

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james | nathan stewart jarrett

nathan recently appeared in the face of an angel and war book. His film and television credits include misfits, utopia, and the comedian.  

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chris | jake davies

jake was nominated for the evening standard rising star award for his role in x + y. he has also had several tv credits including silent witness, call the midwife, holby city, a mother’s son, cyber bully, and the second series of the missing.

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the nurse | sally phillips

sally has recently appeared in all three series of veep. Her film and television credits include alan partridge, miranda, green wing, bridget jones’s diary. she created and starred in the cult sketch show smack the pony.



alice seabright | writer/director

Alice is a writer and director based in London. Her short film DREAM GIRL won a Virgin Media Shorts award and screened in Picturehouse cinemas across the UK for a year. She is now developing several feature films, including THE STRANGE DAYS, a coming-of-age drama, and OUT OF MIND, a sci fi psychological thriller, as well as GIVE ME SHELTER, a returnable TV series set in a homeless shelter. Alongside her own projects, Alice has worked in development at Heyday Films and Brilliant Films / Independent Talent, as a producer's assistant, and as a freelance script reader and editor. She is represented by harriet pennington legh at troika.


anna hargreaves | producer

anna currently works in development at sky drama. prior to that, she worked as an agent's assistant in the literary department at independent talent, and in production in tv drama and live entertainment. she has developed the tv pilot give me shelter with alice, and also runs the performance and new writing night salon at hackney picturehouse. 


nicola daley, a.c.s. | director of photography

nicola holds an ma in cinematography from the prestigious australian film, tv and radio school, where she trained on film. for two consecutive years, nicola has been nominated for best cinematography in a documentary by the australian academy of cinema and tv arts (australian bafta) awards. she also worked on the 2006 academy award nominated short the saviour. in 2014, nicola was the 8th woman in australian history to be accredited into the australian society of cinematographers. in 2015, nicola became a member of bafta crew and was chosen for the wftv mentor scheme. she recently shot a sky arts christmas short, produced by baby cow, and short film f*ck it, by destiny ekaragha. she is currently filming the feature documentary "manolo: the man who made shoes for lizards".


gini godwin & sophia stocco | production designers

gini & sophia are a design duo based in london. gini graduated from royal central school of speech and drama and central saint martins school of design and sophia has a degree from the prague national film school and central saint martins school of design. they have worked for bfi, bbc, london olympics 2012, creative england, big talk, bt, eristoff, arcola theatre and in association with the barbican, among others. their most recent credits include sarah chong is going to kill herself, funded by the creative england 'funny girls' scheme and the music video for the staves, titled 'black & white', which won best alternative uk music video at ukmva this year.  


meredith mantik | editor

meredith recently graduated with distinction from the national film and television school and received an avid award for excellence in editing for her work on sweet maddie stone, directed by brady hood. originally from southern california, meredith holds a ba in english, film and philosophy from colorado college. she has worked as a screenwriting teacher, freelance filmmaker and photographer, production assistant, and assistant editor. 


holly smart | costume designer

holly is a costume designer based in london. she has worked on feature films including denial, the program, suffragette, '71, and the look of love; and television, including mr selfridge, episodes, the increasingly poor decisions of todd margaret and rev. 


theo park | casting director

theo comes from a background in production (black books, spaced) and within a talent agency. once an associate of nina gold, theo has cast such wide and varied projects such as sightseers (directed by ben wheatley) cuban fury, paddington and thomas vinterberg’s far from the madding crowd. recent credits include big talk’s comedy feature man up, j.j. abrams' star wars: the force awakens (as associate) & the upcoming high rise, again for director ben wheatley. 


roly witherow| composer

roly's films have screened at festivals around the world. his credits include balsa wood, a film london funded film directed by dominique lecchi, and gregor, which was nominated in the moët british independent film awards following a premiere at the raindance festival. he holds a bachelor's degree from oxford in modern languages and an mphil from cambridge in linguistics, as well as an ma from city university in composing for moving images. roly is currently working on his third feature. 


gustaf jackson | sound designer

Gustaf is a Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer based in London. He works across a range of genres, from Feature Films, Short Films, Long Form Broadcast, TV Spots and Promos to Corporate Videos, Radio and Online content. 


 full cast and crew

alice seabright

anna hargreaves

laurie nunn & alice seabright

written and directed by

produced by

story by 


alexandra roach

nathan stewart jarrett

jake davies

sally phillips




the nurse



nicola daley, a.c.s.

gini godwin & sophia stocco

meredith mantik

roly witherow

gustaf jackson

holly smart

theo park


robyn forsythe

jeroen bogaert

sam thomas

jason henwood

michael lloyd

john wenman

robson kingshott

mark stewart

joel carr

duncan ettie

pascale recher

jo beart-albrecht

jenny wood

laura radford

frank hargreaves

laetitia bouhelier

roisin yates

frank hargreaves

charlotte sawyer

mark forsythe

mark stewart

khalil rawat

charlotte sawyer


gustaf jackson, amps

james latimer

gustaf jackson, amps

halo post production

jonny tully

jonny tully

director of photography

production designers



sound designer

costume designer

casting director


line producer

first assistant director

third assistant director

first assistant camera

second assistant camera / dit




production sound mixer

boom operator

hair & make-up designer

costume stand-by

script supervisor

stills photographer


production assistants






medical consultant

behind the scenes director


supervising sound editor

sound fx editor

re-recording mixer

post-production sound studio

online editor



sky production services

oliver bramley

victoria mansell

jane doughty

jono taylor

post-production producers 

workflow supervisor



by imperial daze

by doomsdaze

music by roly witherow & sarah hezen

lyrics by sarah hezen  

"man out of myself"


"taking over"

luxury life advert

sam baron

sam baron

sam baron

alice seabright & sam baron

alice seabright & sam baron

northern man

northern woman

posh narrator

copy by

jingle by


florence prime

lucy jenkinson

frank hargreaves

sam thomas

laetitia bouhelier

mark forsythe

roisin yates

baby florence


a&e patients and staff

thanks to

shemin mcgregor

zara mcgregor

agnes meath-baker

helena middleton

louise mutter

emily precious,

kate phillips

rebecca roughan

lindsay salt

chiara ventura

berthold wajhudi

jo and paul

sam baron

sunny bains

tim o'brien

alexandra blue

chiara cardoso

mark dawes

adam downey

barbarina digby-jones

sarah eisenfisz

ben irving

barry long

for film london

deborah sathe

josic cadoret

tessa inkelaar

angeli macfarlane

alice whittemore

head of talent development & production

head of production

development producers


production team assistant

special thanks to

liam gyde & renos louka at filmscape media

justin bennett & tom drew at pinewood mbs

anne mensah

amanda wilkie-collins & louise mutter at sky

khalil rawat & deirdre wallace at ucl clinical skills centre

david turner & marie valentino at halo post production

martin hammond

tim wellspring

rob silva

laurie nunn

felix pool

siobhan daly & milan krsljanin at arri

louise z pomeroy

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