The Cunning Man

The Cunning Man is inspired by a real Cunning Man, John Harries (c.1785 - 1839). It's an enchanted tale of compassion in the face of callous greed.

Director Bio

Zoë Dobson is a Bafta award winning and Emmy nominated Director and Producer. Her career has earned her credits across all the major broadcasters, she has directed high profile blue-chip series, one-off documentaries and short film. Zoë has directed documentaries with some of the world’s leading artists in the fields of art, music and dance. Including: A major international series on dance, fronted by Akram Khan, featuring leading choreographers across the disciplines from New York City ballet to the dance of darkness, Butoh in Tokyo. A series fronted by the supermodel Lily Cole in which the Cambridge Arts graduate spent time with leading contemporary artists, Antony Gormley, Gabriel Orozco, Tacita Dean and MarcQuinn. A hugely successful one-off documentary with the band Duran Duran, which was nominated for best documentary by the Royal Television Society. And a documentary on the ‘wrapping artist’ Christo, filming behind the scenes as he created his most recent art work, 7506 oil barrels floating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Zoë has extensive experience working with talent, including Mark Ronson, Simon LeBon, Boy George, Cindy Crawford, Stephen Hough, Marina Ambramovic‘ and Michael Bloomberg. Zoë is currently working on the development of a feature film with producer Wendy Laister of Magnus Entertainment, New York.


  • Directed by:Zoë Dobson
  • Written by:Ali Cook
  • Produced by:Ali Cook & Ross Williams
  • Runtime:13 mins
  • Completion Date:May 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:United Kingdom
  • Category:International Live-Action
  • Selection:TBD
  • Screening Time / Venue:TBD
  • Links: Website

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official selection 2020

Official Selection 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 26 June, 2020

Official Selection for Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Online Announced.

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 03 June, 2020

Online Events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.

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2020 Submissions Closed

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 June, 2020

Submission deadline for 2020 has now passed.


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2020 Programme

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