Relative Films Ltd

Taking Stock is a new short film by Duncan Cowles, commissioned as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts TV Series. Completed in October 2017, the film was broadcast on Channel 4, December 1st 2017 in Random Acts Series 4, Episode 4.

Using his failed attempts at creating profitable stock footage, a filmmaker reflects on the absurd, mundane and funny side of being trapped inside your own head as an out of work, self-employed freelancer.

It’s Nice That
The Skinny
Short of the Week
Director's Notes Interview


Winner - Royal Television Society Scotland Award 2018
Winner - Audience Award, Kyiv International Short Film Festival 2018
Winner - Frēsh18 Carbon Award


02/2018 – Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (USA)
03/2018 - Glasgow Short Film Festival (UK)
04/2018 - Dresden International Short Film Festival (Germany)
04/2018 - Flatpack Film Festival (UK)
04/2018 - Kyiv International Short Film Festival (Ukraine)
04/2018 - Cellu l'art Short Film Festival (Germany)
05/2018 - Brussels Short Film Festival (Belgium)
06/2018 - VIS Vienna Shorts Festival (Austria)
06/2018 - 'A Wall is a Screen' @ 34th Hamburg Short Film Festival (Germany)
06/2018 - XPONorth (UK)
06/2018 - Shortest Nights, Short Sighted Cinema (UK)
09/2018 - Encounters Short Film Festival (UK)
10/2018 - BFI London Film Festival (UK)
10/2018 - DokumentART European Film Festival (Germany)
10/2018 - Szczecin European Film Festival (Poland)
11/2018 - Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK)