The History of Nipples

Directed by Bailey Tom Bailey

'What are my nipples for?’ Ron asks after reading about a Celtic fertility ritual. When he struggles to find an answer he begins to wonder what this means for the rest of his existence and falls into a personal crisis with a drastic solution.


 

Director's Statement

The idea came from an exhibit at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, which described a bizarre Celtic fertility ritual that involved sucking on a King’s nipples and the repercussions when the ritual failed. What fascinated me beyond the absurdity was how it contrasted with our modern relationship to our bodies, the physical world and the meaning we place on them. However we do often fixate on an aspect of our bodies or personalities as the cause of our problems and the barrier to our hopes in life. What do you do when these parts don’t fulfil their function? When Ron asks these questions he falls into a crisis about the absurdity of existence and finds a drastic solution.

War Story:  With our schedule landing in winter, several of our cast came close to suffering hypothermia due to the Celts scant clothing and Ron, our lead actor being topless for the majority of the film. Two of our urban exterior locations dropped out and I had to shoot without recceing. This became a real issue when we fell behind schedule and were losing light, meaning I didn’t have much time to find compositions on the day either.


Credits

Writer and Director | Bailey Tom Bailey

Production Company | Bad Collective

Producers | Aaron Z. Wilson, Callum Harrison

Production Manager | Melissa Giles

Casting | Emily Tilelli CDG CDA, Sally Andrews CDA

Director of Photography | Spike Morris

Production Designer | Amy Beth Addison

Prosthetics Artist | Suzi Battersby
Editing & VFX | Aurelien Boisson, Bailey Tom Bailey
Focus Puller | Raul Menendez
Loader | Milo Brown
Camera Trainee | Klara Rychtarcikova
Gaffer | Helio Riberio, Kia Little
Electrician | Ryan Massey
Art Dept. Assistant | Terri Palamara
Sound Recordist | David Baker
Production Assistant | Elizabeth Rufai
Camera & Lighting | Procam
Colourist | Myles Bevan
Colour Facilities | Time Based
Arts Colour Producer | Sean Ewins
Composer | Stefano Fasce
Sound Designer | Berry Cookman
Sound Facilities | Wave Studios
Sound Producer | Rebecca Boswell


About the Director

Bailey Tom Bailey 
Bailey Tom Bailey is a writer/ director and editor of shorts and music videos, with a background in painting. His films have played festivals and won awards at international festivals including: Berlinale, Raindance, Fright Fest, Slamdance Emergence, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica. His work is a mix of psychological horror and comedy-drama that grows out of everyday life, dips into the surreal and often centres on the human body. Featured on: Nowness, Short of the Week, Director's Notes, Huck magazine, The Barbican, Film Shortage. Currently he is developing two features; ‘Sharp End’ and ‘The Future Perfect’ and pitching on various short projects.

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