MUSE TV recently talked with the director of the Bite Size Holiday short, Swapsies Keri Collins. While waiting in the department store return line, two strangers strike up a conversation about their families’ pointed gift-giving.
BAFTA winning writer/director Keri Collins was raised in a working class (blue collar) family in a tiny village in South Wales, and movies were his big escape as a kid. Fortunately he was a kid in the 80s and so became hugely inﬂuenced by American cinema of that era, from John Hughes to Chris Columbus, Shane Black to Ridley Scott. Now, Keri fuses hopeful working class/blue collar stories into action, comedy, adventure, drama, and thriller. His debut feature comedy thriller as director, the micro budget, BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award winning CONVENIENCE, starred Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick) and Ray Panthaki (Away). The ﬁlm was theatrically released in the UK and acquired by NETFLIX in 2016. More recently he has created and written a number of original TV dramas that have been optioned to various production companies, and is writing an adaptation of the iconic, million copy selling British children’s book, SUPERGRAN, as a family action adventure movie. SWAPSIES is his second holiday short ﬁlm, and he is currently developing a feature length holiday movie all about Santa not being who we thought he was.
Keri is a Welsh minority language speaker. You can see more of the Bite Size Holiday shorts and interviews with the directors by clicking here.