Esme Winters Master Musician of Magic - Short Film

"In a world where music is banned young Esme Winters, aided by best friend Jacob, must search for her missing brother. On the way she is mentored by mysterious music teacher Havisham before facing the evil force that lurks in the woods. "

Esme Winters is a retelling of the Pied Piper story and is set in an early twentieth century Britain much like our own. It was commissioned by Creative England and Film London. It was filmed in February 2017 and completed in October 2017.

Full Film


Clea Martin  - Esme Winters
Terry Diab - H. Havisham
Nick Finegan - The Piper
Jack Bowley - Jacob
Alfie Manser - Thomas
Joseph Simpson - Claude

Terry Diab as H. Havisham

Terry Diab as H. Havisham


The camera work was by Frank Madone. We shot on an Arri Alexa XT.


Helen Beaumont designed the amazing look and feel of the costumes working against time and on a miniscule budget to deliver the period fantasy look of the film

Nick Finegan as the Piper

Nick Finegan as the Piper

Hair & Makeup

Siobhan Harper-Ryan gave the characters their distinctive period fantasy look.

Production Design

Lucy Gahagan production designer created our amazing sets and props including Esme's fantastical clarinet. 

Clea Martin as Esme Winters

Clea Martin as Esme Winters


Regular collaborator Tristan Cassel produced the amazing soundtrack to the film. 

Sound Design & Mix

Henry & James from Immerse Audio created the fantastic sound design, foley and atmospheres as well as mixing the final mix of the film.


Written, Edited & Directed by Orlando Cubitt
Produced by Nell Green & Jacob Swan Hyam
Cinematography by Frank Madone
Costume design by: Siobhan Harper-Ryan
Hair and Makeup by: Helen Beaumont
Steadicam: Matt Allsop
Gaffer: Matt Markham
Focus Puller: Ben Smith
2nd Camera Assistant: Steve Dunn
1st AD: Ty Hack
Production Designer: Lucy Gagahan
Art Director: Elliot Cooghan
Production Manager: Nancy Jiang
Script Supervisor: Kyla Simone Bruce
H&S: Tony Hatton
Sound Recordist: Simon Norman
DIT: Alix Milan
Production Asst.: Ada Wesolowska
Runner: Megan Skender
Runner: So Ploy
Runner: Ryan Tian
Casting Director: Aisha Walters
SA casting: Rihannon Mosson
Electrician: Jonathan Dew
Electrician: Harry Pepper
Makeup Trainee: Rebecca Crang
Still Photographer: Lara Genovese
Sound Trainee: Mike Puttock
Stunt Coordinator: Rocky Taylor