The Film

Joshua seemingly has everything. But he isn’t whole.

During a therapy session, Joshua recounts a story about his hoarder friend Robert, who lives with his wife and adopted son. The boy, like his father, has grown up with a love of collecting things — for the father, it is a love of collecting pennies; for the boy, it is a love of collecting shells. While shell-hunting on the beach, the boy unexpectedly discovers the fossilised remains of a seahorse, something Joshua does not reveal to the therapist. And he is finally confronted with a question regarding his story: “Does it mean something to you?”

White Awake is a short film about innocence, loss, and the social masks we wear. It is a touching visceral story about connection and the depths and obstacles of confronting emotion. The film was shot in London and the Kent coastline in October 2014.

Teaser Poster
Beach Poster



Hainsley Lloyd Bennett
as Joshua

A talented and electric actor, Hainsley plays the lead role of Joshua.  He has lent his skills to productions such as London Boulevard with Colin Farrell and Ray Winstone, television staple Casualty, music videos including one for the Noisettes, as well as high profile commercials for Rubicon, McDonald’s and the Times.  He recently took part In the 48 hour sci-fi-London film festival as a lead in Smokestack as well as the lead in Seven Dancing Princesses.


Meryl Griffiths
as Natasha

A graceful actress, Meryl leads opposite Hainsley.  Her most recent projects include the feature films Shadow Industry and Welcome to the Majority as well as a number of internal corporate films for high profile companies such as Barclays Bank and CGMA.


Sallyann Fellowes
as Penny

Sallyann is a sensitive actress who is currently appearing as Elizabeth in the film Reflecting the Wandle, and has previously been involved in touring theatre productions such as Twelfth Night and The Bisley Boy. Sallyann is an ex-police detective who enjoys writing and devising her own work, and has recently branched out into stand-up comedy.


Nick Ewans
as Robert

Nick is an actor and comedian who possesses strong improvisational skills necessary for the character. He is best known for his roles in the feature films 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, London to Brighton and Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel.


La-Shane Dawkins-Mcleod
as Young Joshua

Despite his young age, La-Shane has already appeared in the short film Stealing Moses. He has also worked on various TV projects including Channel 4’s Top Boy, BBC’s Sport Relief, and most recently Sky’s Playhouse Presents drama directed by Idris Elba. La-Shane is also a talented dancer and gymnast as seen in the latest JD Sports commercial.



Alex Kyrou
Writer, Director and Editor

Alex is a filmmaker who has directed numerous narrative music videos through Sixty Clicks Productions and worked on the visual effects of many feature films including Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum.  He is an avid cinema goer and is passionate about story, character, and the power of cinema.


Clare Shields

Clare Shields has produced all of the music videos at Sixty Clicks Productions, as well as an assortment of corporate projects.  Clare also lends her talent to commissioned illustration work through her company Lil3birdy.


James Westbrook
Director of Photography

James has shot all the music videos at Sixty Clicks Productions as well as numerous others for acts such as Jack Savoretti and Toploader.  He has shot several short films, including the recent 16mm short Rumble.  He is passionate about film and its romantic image.