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23 mins, short, UK & France

Written & Directed by Kelly Holmes


Supernatural drama set in the British trenches of WW1


Along with the rest of his platoon, young Private Edwin Childs fears imminent German gas attacks. As the dreaded attack begins, how much will Edwin give of himself in the ultimate act of compassion towards his fellow men?

ATTRITION stars Lewis MacKinnon (Victoria), Jack Roth (Bohemian Rhapsody), Edward Hogg (Taboo), and Jack Parry-Jones (Our Girl)

It is a film that explores universal ideas - humanity, compassion and sacrifice - within the intense setting of a WW1 trench under a gas attack. Exploring heroism through male vulnerability was a driving force in writing and directing the film, to create a war film with a different kind of bravery forefronted in the narrative

ATTRITION was an international co-production between the UK and France, produced by Anne Beresford of Artemesia Films (UK) and Charles Paviot of Arts Premieres (France)


Funded by Creative England's Emerging Talent Fund and a commission for France 3 Television, ATTRITION was broadcast on national French television as part of their WW1 centenary celebrations on Armistice weekend, November 2018


Kelly was able to work with some regular collaborators and worked with new department heads including:

Line Producer

1st Assistant Director​

Director of Photography​

Sound Recordist​

Production Designer​

Costume Designer​

Hair and Makeup Designer​​

Casting Director​​

SFX Supervisor​


VFX Supervisor​

Sound Design

Rerecording Mixer

Audio Post Facility​​


Colour Facility​​


Music Recording Studio​

Script Development

Rob Jelley

Jonathan Sidwell​

Alan McLaughlin​

Calum Sample​

Natalie O'Connor​

Jeffrey Michaels​

Emma Croft​

Simone Pereira Hind​

Perry Costello​

Lucas Roach​

Steve Askey​

Ali Murray

Karl Mainzer

Wonderworks Post Production​

Joseph Bicknell


Eric Pilavian

Cinetrack (France)​

Anna Seifert-Speck​

ATTRITION is now on the international film festival circuit and has played in Oscar and Bafta qualifying festivals including Rhode Island International Film Festival and Krakow Film Festival. And has won a Director's Choice award at Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and a Cthulhu trophy for Best Fantastic Short Film at FilmQuest.


All sales and festival screenings please contact: Anais Colpin at Manifest Pictures

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