‘What Layke Anderson has done, with his thrilling and evocative short Happy Thoughts is give the Peter Pan cannon a visceral and powerful modern era tone that transcends eras...
An enthralling short that captures both the innocence and the maturity of growth. Spliced with quotes and moments from the original story, this re-imagining is strong and hits a vein of emotion that simmers with sheltered love and a mind encased in tragedy...
Both intelligent and beautiful, soaring with an absorbing score by Tom Green and gorgeous cinematography...
Happy Thoughts is a stunning piece of short cinema with compelling centric performances to bring new life into classic characters.'
Happy Thoughts (2014)
Evoking the ghosts of a classic tale, a pair of adversaries are brought back together in the wake of a disaster. Happy Thoughts is an experimental re-imagining of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.
Running Time: 14 mins
Cast: Maya Markelle, Henry Garrett, Gintare Parulyte
Director, Editor: Layke Anderson
Writers: Ryan Child, Layke Anderson
Cinematographer: Jean-Paul Berthoin
Production Design: Layke Anderson
Sound Design: Iris Jenkins
Producers: Layke Anderson, Jean-Paul Berthoin
Distributor: Shorts International
Grand OFF World Independent Film Awards (Poland) - Winner of Best Editing
Tirana International Film Festival (Albania) - Winner of Best Experimental Audience Award
International Euro Film Festival (Spain) - Winner of Best Drama
Hot Shorts Film Festival (UK) - Winner of Best Costume
Underwire Film Festival (UK) - Nominated for Best Sound Design
Bornshorts Film Festival (Denmark) - Nominated for Best Experimental Film
San Francisco International Festival of Short Films (US) - Nominee
Open Cinema International Short Film Festival (Russia) - Nominee
Isle of Wight Film Festival (UK) - Nominee
Norwich Radical Film Festival (UK) - Official Selection
Southeastern International Film Festival (US) - Official Selection
First Annual Lee Strasberg Alumni Film Festival (US) - Official Selection
The Shortest Nights (UK) - Official Selection
Portobello Film Festival (UK) - Official Selection
Västerås Film Festival (Sweden) - Official Selection
Shorts on Tap (UK & Japan) - Official Selection