A woman loses her husband, and finds a potted plant.

'FERN' is a six-minute short film commissioned by Channel 4. It is written and directed by Johnny Kelly, produced by Nexus Studios and starring Monica Dolan.


Cast & Crew

Monica Dolan as the woman
Frank Bourke as the man
Helena Jinx Jones as the old woman

Writer / Director Johnny Kelly
Producer Greet Kallikorm
Executive Producers Isobel Conroy, Christopher O'Reilly, Charlotte Bavasso
Development Producer Claire Cook
Production Manager Caroline Milsom
Production Company Nexus Studios


Director of Photography Matthew Day
Editor Charlie Fawcett
Production Design The Joy of Sets
Art Directors Jess Linares, Alex Grant Said
1st Assistant Director George Cassavetti
Gaffer Max Halstead
Focus Puller Toby Goodyear
Puppet Maker Rose Popham
Puppeteer Kim Scopes

Costume Designer Nat Turner
Hair and Make Up Siobhan Harper Ryan
Horticulturist at Worm Terri Chandler
Title Design Simon Sweeney
Runner Iris Abols
Catering Floyd's Catering
Lighting and Camera Equipment Clapham Road Studios


Sound Post Production Services Factory
Supervising Sound Designer Jon Clarke
Sound Design Assistant James Utting
Audio Producer Lou Allen
Original Music Antfood
On Set Sound Recordist Filipe Pinheiro
Colour Grade Time Based Arts
Colourist Simone Grattarola
Post Production Nexus Studios
Digital Compositing Supervisor Ken Hau
Additional Digital Animation Bin Liu
Offline Editor Dave Slade

Johnny Kelly
Writer / Director

Johnny is an Irish director living in London. His work spans live action, stop frame animation, CGI and lots between.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art, his short lms (including ‘Procrastination’) have been screened on BBC, ARTE, PBS and been programmed and awarded at lm festivals around the world including Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand and Edinburgh international lm festivals.

Johnny is based at Oscar-nominated Nexus Studios, in London. The stop motion advertisment he directed for Chipotle, ’Back to the Start’, won the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Advertising Festival.

He likes plants, but tends to kill them.


Monica Dolan
Lead Actor

Monica Dolan is a Bafta award winning actress whose work spans stage, television and film.

Highlights include Appropriate Adult, for which she won the Bafta, Witness For The Prosecution, The Casual Vacancy, feature lm Eye In The Sky opposite Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman and, of course, W1A.


Nexus Studios
Production Company

Nexus Studios is a next-generation story studio working in entertainment and branded content. We create meaningful, heartfelt stories and experiences that positively add to the cultural conversation.

They are home to a world-class roster of talent supported by experienced production staff, creative thinkers, animators, technical directors, engineers, coders, illustrators, designers and makers. Together they work in a collaborative atmosphere to make talked-about work.

Their prolific output includes Academy Award nominated animation, Grammy nominated music videos, D&AD Black Pencil and triple Cannes Grand Prix winning commercials and D&AD White Pencil winning digital and immersive experiences.




Encounters Film Festival
United Kingdom
September 2017

Leeds International Film Festival
United Kingdom
November 2017

Foyle Film Festival
United Kingdom
November 2017

Irish Film Festival London
United Kingdom
November 2017

London Short Film Festival
United Kingdom
January 2018

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
January 2018