Needletail (2019)

Up In Arms presents


a short film directed by Alice Hamilton and written by Barney Norris

A poignant not-quite-love story about three birdwatchers who cross the country in search of something extraordinary.

After two years of planning and fundraising, we shot NEEDLETAIL, our first short film, over two days in the summer of 2018. The film was selected for Salisbury Film Festival, the Newlyn International Film Festival, the New Forest Film Festival, Feel the Reel in Glasgow, Aesthetica Film Festival, Purbeck Film Festival and Dorking Film Festival. Barney Norris’s sequel to the film, a radio play called Song And Dance, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2019, and selected as a Pick of the Week. We intend to make the film available to watch online in 2020.


Linda Bassett – Anne

David Beames – Martin

Robin Soans – Pete


Writer | Barney Norris

Director | Alice Hamilton

Producer | Kate Moore



Salisbury Film Festival, 2019

Newlyn International Film Festival, 2019

New Forest Film Festival, 2019

Feel the Reel, 2019

Aesthetica Film Festival, 2019

Purbeck Film Festival, 2020

Dorking Film Festival, 2020