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Roof Rattling

Short Film (Full Length) – 2009

Parental Guidance

In this sensitive short film written and directed by James Blick, a young boy (Ted Holmstead-Scott) breaks into an old man’s house in search of dirty magazines. The intrusion is just one more trial for the man (Grant Tilly), as he copes with loss and loneliness by clinging on to keepsakes and memories. He is eager for even a small measure of human contact — and the chance to do one last thing for his wife. For the boy there is an inkling of a world beyond his friend’s narrow experiences. The film was shot by Blick's father, cinematographer John Blick.


Once you lose a few things, you start keeping everything. Just in case.
– Old Man (Grant Tilly)

Key Cast & Crew

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Grant Tilly

As: Old Man

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James Blick

Director, Writer

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John Blick

Cinematographer, Associate Producer

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Robin Murphy


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Mabel Musson

As: Wife

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Gene Hollins-Werry

As: Chris

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Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission, What The Thunder Said Films and Conbrio Shorts