The Tryst (2021)

 In Post-production

Genre: Short Narrative Film / Comedy

9 mins


'You can become anything you like, as long as there's a screen, behind which you can hide.

Produced by Ashley Jarvis & Paul Herbert

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Written & Directed  by Paul Herbert

Stuart is a customer in a local greasy spoon café. He has been sitting at his table with his laptop for most of the day with one cup of coffee, which has lasted him for most of the morning. The waitress is fed up with him using the place at his convenience, so she demands he either orders food, or gives up the table for the lunch time rush. Once an argument ensues, Stuart seeks advice from Val, a shop-owner he has recently met on a dating app, a seemingly elegant woman with whom he begins to shares his grief concerning the impatient waitress. In return, Val shows interest in Stuart's own advice regarding an intimidating customer who has just entered her shop. Each agree to follow the other's guidance until this disgruntled waitress turns out to be more of an ally than a foe.

Val / Waitress

Director of Photography
Sound Recordist
First Camera Assistant

First Assistant Director

Costume Designer
& Production Designer

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist 

Lukas Wechsler
Catherine Adams

Foad Emrani
Owen Pakiry-Palmer
David McDade
Tancred Whittaker

Shane Gentles
Connor Hanlon

Sophie Aubz

Rebecca Lily Robinson 

Owen Pakiry-Palmer

Location: London, UK, 2021