A FLINTSHIRE-born writer and director has won an award for his short film at the International Film Festival of Wales in Cardiff

Anthony Hett, who is originally from Connah’s Quay, claimed the title on Saturday, November 30, with his short film ‘Scrable’.

The 36-year-old attended Wepre Lane CP School followed by St Richard Gwyn Secondary School in Flint before studying Writing and Media Communications at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.

The award-winning film tells the tale of launderette-owning Salif and his fear that any day now, his sole employee, 77-year-old Mary, might just stop showing up.‘Scrable’ discusses how dementia affects the loved ones of the person suffering from the illness.

Speaking to the Leader about his win, he said: “The subject matter is something so close to my heart after watching my grandmother live with dementia and the affect it had on the people around her, including my mother and aunts who stepped up to care for her. It is so important in society that we are aware of the wider impact that comes with dementia and Alzheimer's, remembering the carers of those living with the condition.

"It was lovely and so unexpected to be able to get this award. At one point we were having issues with the sound quality and the film has going to be shelved so I'm happy that after all we went though as a team to get the film watchable, let alone award-winning, was worthwhile and given the recognition it deserves."

‘Scrable’ is the third film in a trilogy exploring the themes of loneliness, old age and dementia.

The first film in the trilogy, ‘Letters’, was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2015 Norwich Film Festival and the second film in the series, ‘Waiting’, was nominated for Best British Short Film at the BAFTA-recognised London Short Film Festival in 2019.

Hett has been pursuing his filmmaking dreams in London for the past decade, where he studied for an MA in Creative Writing – specifically focusing on plays and screenplays - at City University of London.

Anthony is currently developing a coming of age tale short film called ‘The Lost Dog Detective Agency’ set in South London and a feature film called ‘Dirty Laundry’, which will be set in Wales.