The Last Bookshop

Synopsis: Imagine a world without books... A young boy leaves behind his holographic entertainment and explores the abandoned old shop fronts outside. Down a forgotten alley he discovers the last ever bookshop. And inside, an ancient Shopkeeper, who has been waiting over 25 years for a customer... This 20 minute short film promotes the plight of independent bookshops through a fantastical fictional narrative. A timeless and atmospheric short tackling a pressing topical issue. Filmed on location in some Kent and London's beautiful, historic (and endangered) bookshops.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Short
21 min




Can I read some more

books please?

To dear Stuart,

with best wishes,

from Mother and Father.

What happened to them?

Where's Stuart now?


They're long gone.

That book was unwrapped

on a Christmas morning,

long before even

my grandfather was born.

The world

was a different place then.


How did it end up here?

] My books

are not second hand at all.

They are fifth or sixth hand,

you know.

In the old days,

when someone died,

I might be donated

a whole cardboard box full.

That was when everyone

had books in their house.

Nowadays the attics and

alcoves of England are bare.

Even the elderly don't seem

to leave books behind any more.

] What happened

to the other bookshops?


There aren't any.

Oh, there used to be

a whole network of us.

But they all

went out of business.

Or passed away.

Now it's just me.

And as for the books,


this is the lot!

For a time, I was able to raid

skips and wheelie bins for new stock.

But, ah,

that all dried up.

] Oh!

What's this?

] I think you've found

an old banknote.


I promise to pay the bearer,

on demand,

the sum of

Five Pounds.

] Ha, yeh,

it's a funny thing,

but banknotes

weren't real money.

They were sort of,


promissory notes,

from the King.

And before that,

the Queen.

Though I don't think

she ever coughed up.



What's "money"?


] When you

wanted to buy a book,

or anything else

for that matter,

rather than tapping numbers

into a computer,

you gave the shopkeeper

some of these.


As a swap?


Yes, if you like.

] Couldn't you read

any of the books for free?

] You could borrow books,

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Richard Dadd

Richard Dadd (1 August 1817 – 7 January 1886) was an English painter of the Victorian era, noted for his depictions of fairies and other supernatural subjects, Orientalist scenes, and enigmatic genre scenes, rendered with obsessively minuscule detail. Most of the works for which he is best known were created while he was a patient in Bethlem and Broadmoor hospitals. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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