Howard drives his partner Joseph from their farm to hospital to undergo high risk surgery. The unexpected discovery of an old mix tape in the glove compartment sees the masculinity of their forty-year relationship start to yield.

The Team

Writer & Director  Thom Petty

Producer  Margaret Milner Schmueck 

Cinematography  Barbara van Schaik

Split Second Films Ltd



Paul Copley as Howard

Ian Gelder as Joseph

Liz Fletcher as Bridget

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  • London Short Film Festival
  • Iris Prize Festival (Highly Commended Best British Short)
  • British Shorts (Jury Prize Nominee)
  • Hollyshorts Film Festival
  • IndieCork Film Festival
  • This is England
  • Perlen Queer Film Festival
  • Perth Queer Film Festival
  • Kerry International Film Festival
  • Bradford Queer Film Festival
  • Leeds Queer Film Festival
  • The Short Cinema
  • Northampton Film Festival
  • Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam
  • Manchester Film Festival
  • Silver Screen
  • Outshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival
  • Bendigo Queer Film Festival
  • Fastnet Film Festival
  • One Fluid Night Festival (Best Director and Best Performance)
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Ticker is a beautifully observed, tender drama from writer director Thom Petty, about two older men facing their advancing years and the time they have spent together with a fresh and delicate tone.

Tim Highsted (Channel 4) Jury for Iris Prize Festival

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