The Not So Best Man

About The Not So Best Man

The Not So Best Man is a short comedy film by award-winning director and filmmaker Ben Grace. Filmed in July 2015, it stars Paul Neafcy as Steve and William Coomber as Ian, a man trying to come to grips with the harsh realities of being single. This is made much harder by the arrival of lapsed friend Steve, someone that Ian hasn't seen in years. It doesn't matter to Steve that Ian is not engaged anymore - as long as they still get to have a stag do!

The Not So Best Man also contains a film-within-a-film, Bearded Thomas, written and directed by Rachel Stephens. During pre-production of The Not So Best Man, Ben knew that licensing issues may arise when showing Ian watching the television. Therefore he approached filmmaker Rachel Stephens with a brief to create a fake trailer for a action film entitled Bearded Thomas.

The Not So Best Man serves a pilot for a potential web-series that is currently being produced.


Paul Neafcy

William Coomber

Bearded Thomas
James Crawford

Ryan Evans

Justin Hayward

Ben Grace

Andy Willson

Sound Recordist
Aaron West

Sound Designer
Stewart Dugdale

Featuring 'Bearded Thomas'
by Rachel Stephens

Costume Design
Jess Wren

Poster Artwork
Georgia Gevaux-Ross


Sony A7S
Canon 17-40mm 4.0 L Lens
Samyang 35mm 1.5 Cine Lens
Edited in Adobe Premiere CS6
Colour Graded with Magic Bullet Looks.


Southampton Film Week 2016
Michael Fuller Award for Best Film (Nominated)
Best Regional Film (Nominated)

Glastonbury Festival Short Film Festival 2016
Official Selection

Tea Break Film Festival 2016
Official Selection