Directed by Andrew McVicar
UK | 14 minutes | 2011 | English

Awakening to the experience of his first romantic connection, Ian’s trust in girlfriend Kelly is thrown into doubt by rumour. As his emotions swing between aggression and tenderness, he feels compelled to react. A study in the vicissitudes and intensity of love in adolescence.


Director: Andrew McVicar
Screenwriter: Andrew McVicar
Cinematography: Damien Pawle
Editing: Ben Wilson
Producer: Samm Haillay, Duane Hopkins

  • Andrew McVicar
    Andrew McVicar

Festivals & Awards
London Film Festival
London Short Film Festival – Winner Best New Short Film
Tirana International Film Festival
Belgrade Short Film and Documentary Festival
Go Short Film Festival
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Beauvais Film Festival
Kiev International Short Film Festival


Andrew McVicar

Having spent his early life in the Middle East, Andrew returned to the North East of England to study Literature Film. He made a documentary at a workshop led by Abbas Kiarostami in southern Italy, and then made a short drama titled BREATHE FOR ME. This film premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and went on to play many other European festivals.

LAMB was his next project, premiering at Encounters and playing Oberhausen, Krakow, Brest and Hamburg amongst other international festivals, gaining Special Mention of the Jury at Nice Film Festival 2009 and inclusion in Oberhausen’s Best of the Festival DVD selection and their permanent archive.

COMPULSION is his third film, premiering at London Film Festival 2011 and winning Best Film at London Short Film Festival 2012. Currently, he works in development of feature film and moving image installation projects at Third Films.

2011 Compulsion, short