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Wish 143 by Ian Barnes

Wish 143 by Ian Barnes

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4.4.0 / 5


The Oscar-nominated short film about a young man desperate to come of age before time runs out.

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An Oscar®-nominated drama about a fifteen-year-old boy with only months to live, who is granted one final wish from the Dreamscape Charity. But David doesn't want to go to Disneyland or meet Gary Neville; what he really wants is an hour alone with a naked woman.

Produced as part of BBC Film Network's BBC Drama Shorts 2009 commission, in conjunction with Lighthouse Arts & Training and BBC Writersroom.

Screened on BBC HD as part of BBC HD Film Shorts

  • David

    Sam Holland
  • Priest

    Jim Carter
  • Wishman

    Rory Kinnear
  • Maggie

    Jodie Whittaker
  • Burns

    Kieran Hardcastle
  • Nurse

    Lizzie Roper
  • Teddy

    Kalum Johnson
  • Tim

    Oliver Arundale
  • Bus Driver

    Dean Andrews
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Made with the support of BBC Film Network

Production Partner – Lighthouse Arts & Training

Development Partner – BBC Writersroom

Related Links
IMDB - Wish 143
Festivals & Screenings

New York United Film Festival, 2010

Foyle International Film Festival, 2010

Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival, 2010

Palm Springs Film Festival, 2010

The British Independent Film Festival, 2010

Encounters Short Film Festival, 2009


Nominated - Best Live Action Short, Academy Awards 2011

Best Short Film, The British Independent Film Festival, 2010

Audience Award, Palm Springs Film Festival, 2010

Best Short (Long Form category), Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival, 2010


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8 comments posted.

  • Jan 26, 2013


    Wonderful short film!
    Should be more widely seen... Sensitive and humourous in turn.
    Watching how Sam played David's illness progression was
    incredible too and shows what a talent he has.Very heart warming and poignant.
    Definitely a young actor with a great future ahead of him! Look forward to seeing him again.
    Jim Carter and all were excellent too.
    Well done all!

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  • Jan 14, 2013


    It's very interesting that the middle aged woman visiting him intent on having sex (with a 15 year old boy) is portrayed as a comedy device. I doubt that this would have been so had it been a middle aged man. Just a thought.

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  • Feb 19, 2011


    WOuld like to watch this film and give my opinion, but after 5-minutes of watching 3-second clips while iPlayer tries to catch up with itself, it seems impossible. From what I have managed to put together, quite a goodun and well worth a watch.

    p.s. 850kb/s stream speed on a 2200kb/s d/l. Make it more available to the wider audience who have poorer connections. Please.

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  • Feb 19, 2011

    Daniel Craig David James

    Fantastic film - deserved nomination. 

    @spuddy, I think The Be All and End All is a very different film that covers the same subject matter. As you say, it's obviously 5 times the length of Wish 143, but I don't think its excellence necessarily negates this film's own quality.

    It is a bit weird that two British films with extremely similar plot bases have come out so close together, though.

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  • Feb 3, 2011


    Whilst the premise of the film is a good one, this story has been told before and better. There is another film, all be it a feature, called The Be All and End All, directed by Bruce Webb, which covers a similar plot line but shows being confronted by death at a young age, in what I think is a more realistic way. With some very funny performances from some great young, new, actors, it not only has you laughing out loud but crying buckets too. I have to say I am surprised by the Oscar nomination, but then the competition between features is a whole new ball game. And to be able to make a film these days is a feat in itself.

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  • Oct 27, 2010

    Mike Nicholson

    Really enjoyed the film. Loved that in the final analysis, he'd rather fell close to a woman through hugging than sex.

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  • Oct 24, 2010

    John B Sheffield

    How moving and well acted, some nice pieces of humour as well, if only more could see the talent we have both from production and acting, Thanks.

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  • Oct 12, 2010


    A really touching but light hearted short film. There are short bursts of dry humour which help avoid the film from being a sombre experience.

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