Eight year old Sam is desperate for an allotment. When he meets Norman, a curmudgeonly old man with a neglected allotment and a death wish, Sam thinks he has the solution to both of their problems.


  • The film is distributed by Shorts International and is available to buy on iTunes and Vimeo On Demand.

  • Killing Thyme screened it's US Premiere at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, and won the festival's Narrative Short Audience Award. 

  • Killing Thyme won both Best Comedy Short and Best of Festival at the Carmarthan Bay Film Festival 2016, before going on to win a Jerry Goldsmith Award for 'Best Music Score in Live Action Short Film.

  • Killing Thyme was nominated in the ‘Light and Motion - International Short Film’ category at Foyle Film Festival 2015 and ‘Best Comedy’ at Aesthetica Film Festival 2015.

  • Killing Thyme’s Director of Photography Phil Meheux is an extremely experienced DOP whose credits include Scum, The Long Good Friday, The Mask of Zoro, Casino Royale and GoldenEye, just to name a few!

  • Brian Cox has previously worked with David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Michael Mann and Spike Lee - yet still supports emerging filmmakers.  

  • Writer and producer Natalie Malla was trained by and worked with famed writer and director Anthony Minghella for several years.

  • Joe Reynolds was cast by George Clooney to play his son in The Monuments Men by the multi award winning actor himself.  

  • Charlotte Riley stars in Ron Howard’s latest film In the Heart of the Sea.

  • Casting Director Reg Poerscout-Edgerton cast RocknRolla, Guardians of the Galaxy and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

  • All camera equipment and lenses were provided by Arri Media - the film was shot on the Arri Alexa.

  • The film was shot over 5 days in Shadwell, East London.

  • During pre-production the producers discovered the location, Cable Street Gardens, whilst looking out of the window of the train they were travelling on which bisects the allotments.

  • The nuns at the Convent of Mercy, across the road from the allotments, kindly allowed the crew to use their convent as the unit base - including the use of their kitchen to heat up the lunches!

  • The shoot had to be delayed to allow Joe Reynolds to compete in a gymnastics competition (which he won) the day before the 5 day shoot.