BUBBLY Dir. Tom Haines

Narrative/Films + Docs


BUBBLY. Directed by Tom Haines


Barry Ward and Anoushka Lucas star in this dramedy about a small time music manager, Ray, about to make it big with singer-songwriter Cas as she prepares to play her break-out gig. But Cas has other ideas. Backstage, with dreams of fame and fortune flowing like cheap champagne, we witness the festivities and the fireworks as their relationship is tested, and Ray does everything he can to hold on to his one shot.

Bubbly started as a lockdown project in January 2021, I met Barry and we threw around ideas and references, until 'Ray' arrived, drawn from music industry characters I've encountered, and workshopped with Barry off the page. Then Anoushka joined us, who added her experiences in the music industry, and the shady manager's she's dealt with, and Bubbly was born. We shot in one day using only a zoom lens to allow the drama to play out interrupted across long takes, it felt completely immersive and at service to the drama on the screen, unlike anything I've done before.