"Nicely written and shot with real efficiency. A sort of Before Sunrise for the Home Counties..."
- Jack Thorne (Writer: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, This Is England 86, 88)
"Stylish. Well done. Nicely acted and directed. Engaging story. Notable cinematography and framing."
- Mark Goldblatt (Editor: The Terminator, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
"I absolutely loved this. Top notes on everything. Loved the characters, great acting, lovely writing, very well-paced, great ending!"
- Ryan Connolly (Film Riot | Triune Films)
"There's something incredibly charming about it that I can't quite put my finger on. It feels real in a way that I think we can all relate to. It's well shot, well-acted, and well... is pretty damn impressive"
“Sims paces the film beautifully and has written a script that feels authentic from beginning to end with about as perfect an ending as one can ask for within the span of an indie short.”
Bus Stop is the kind of film that makes you want to sit back down and watch it again, a perfect weaving together of top-notch production values, involving characters beautifully brought to life, and yet a memorable story that makes you want just a little more time with these characters.”
- Richard Propes, The Independent Critic.
“...Sims captures the beautiful possibilities that present themselves to us every day in our lives...”
“With a dedication to character and script, Sims delivers an embracing and enchanting tale of two sitters...”
- UK FILM REVIEW
“Sims really interjects some humility and humanity between the pair without hamming up the philosophical elements as though it were some strained indie flick. It’s with this that Bus Stop soars”
“Sims has not only constructed a well-paced and relatable story with moments and dialogue that are by turns witty and touching...”
“Sims manages to skillfully avoid the normal tropes that tell us when to feel what and how the story will end.” – CAMEO LAUNCH
“Presenting a convincing romance in a short film format is often hard due to time constraints and character development limitations, however, in Bus Stop Sims pushes past these boundaries to present audiences with a story that is highly developed.”
- Faruq Oyekan, Team Procreate.
BUS STOP (2015) Writer | Director
"He just lost his job. She just got dumped. These two strangers meet at a bus stop right when they needed each other the most. In an impromptu attempt to cheer each other up they go on an tour of his home town however before the tour is over reality bumps into them."
Originally written, produced and shot in 72 hours
Produced by Jamie Sims & Polly Louise Rayns
Director of Photography: Joe Beverley
First Assistant Camera: Duncan Trevithick
Sound Recorded by Patrick Casey
Sound Mixed by James Wright
First Assistant Director: Hannah Gabriella Moore
Production Assistant: Rob Swithenbank
Edited by Matthew Cresswell
Colour by Samuel Hurlock
Music by Ursine Vulpine
PREMIERED | THE LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (2015)
WINNER | BEST 'GOLDEN RULE' FILM
TAMPA BAY HUMANITARIAN FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER | BEST FICTION FILM
THURROCK FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER | BEST FILM & BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
THE DURHAM FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER | BEST FILM
THE OUT OF THE BOX FESTIVAL
WINNER | FILM OF THE WEEK
NOMINATION | THE HERZBLUT AUDIENCE AWARD
BACKUP FILM FESTIVAL
NOMINATED | BEST FILM
SECOND PLACE | FILM OF THE MONTH
SELECTION | SHORT OF THE WEEK