The Nuclear Train (2002)

In 2002 I adapted my short story The Nuclear Train - from the collection Soft Apocalypse - for Channel 4's Animate! strand. The director was Daniel Saul, who used computer animated layers to give the film a unique look and feel that really captured the psychological state of its central character. We worked very closely together on the production, casting and choosing the locations together, and I was on set throughout the schedule - and am in the film too (see if you can spot me...).

You can find a full synopsis and credits on the Animate projects site, and view the film below.

The Nuclear Train

A film by Daniel Saul, written by James Flint

An animated drama. James is deeply disturbed by the heavy vibrations made by the train carrying nuclear waste past his home. When he runs away from the house and a failing relationship, he enters a surreal dreamscape from which he may never return.

Key credits:

  • Director: Daniel Saul
  • Writer: James Flint
  • James: Joe Duttine
  • Mary: Josephine Butler
  • Martha: Michaela Turner
  • Rever: Scott Woods
  • Director of photography: Simon Starling
  • Production designer: Sarah Lovett
  • Live-action producer: Jo Wiser
  • Music: Shane Cullinan
  • Sound designer: Graeme Miller