Jacob (8) is caught between two households. His parents Anthony and Gwen have split up and their escalating hostility plays out through the clothes they force him to wear. Nice clothes musn’t travel to the enemy parent, slogan T-shirts become tools of spite and Jacob winds up looking bizarre. Bullied and fed up, Jacob embarks upon a peaceful protest: he’ll put anything on, he just won’t take it off. Jacob stubbornly transforms himself into a smelly Michelin man, pushing his parents to the limits. Frazzled and frightened, they do the unthinkable: they sit down and talk. Jacob can’t believe his balaclava-ed eyes! The layers come off and Jacob emerges to play under the sprinkler in the back yard. The divorce hasn’t gone away, but some of the baggage has.

Technical Info: 
Colour, RED, 16:9
Production Year: 
Production Company: 
chopperguard inc., Godwit Films, Midnight Billy
2013 - Berlinale Generation, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, New York International Children’s, Boston International Children’s, Los Angeles International Children’s, San Francisco International Film Festival, Filem’On Brussels, Umbria Film Festival, Tokyo Kinder Festival, Milwaulkee Film Festival, International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults (Iran), Hawaii International Film Festival, Chicago International Children'd Festival, Show Me Shorts

Key Crew

Director of Photography
Simon Raby
Margot Francis
Production Designer
Daniel Birt
Andrew McMillan