Jack Pirie

Significance (Short Film)

Film & TV

Significance (Short Film)

Forty years since its launch, Nasa's renowned Voyager One Spacecraft has now reached interstellar space, traveling farther from Earth than anything in history.

It was only after Carl Sagan persuaded engineers to turn the cameras around that we were gifted the famous Pale Blue Dot photograph, showing our planet at a distance never seen previously. But what did this humble "dot" teach us about our own place in the universe?

Significance is a short science-fiction thriller from London directors Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White, set in a remote, regional observatory.

When an amateur astronomer makes an incredible discovery one evening, something with irreversible consequences, he is soon forced to reflect upon his place on the pale blue dot we call home.

Broadcast on Shorts TV International
London Short Film Festival 2016
London Independent Film Festival 2016
Aesthetica Film Festival 2016
Winchester Film Festival 2016 (Nominated “Best British Film”)
Portsmouth Film Festival 2016 (Nominated “Best British Film”)

Directed by Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White (info@wearehalcyon.co.uk)
Written by Jack Pirie
Produced by Beki Henderson
DOP - Phil Wood
Edited by Ellie Johnson
Original music by Alan Myson

Miles: Joel Gillman
Andrew: Adrian Schiller,
Christina: Alexa Brown

Sound - Christian Bourne
Prod Design/Costume - Gini Godwin, Sophia Stocco
Make Up Artist - Nicole Stafford
Gaffer - Tom Nowell
Assistant Director - Daniel Bliss
Production Manager - Victoria Eyton

1st AC - Domenico Palomba/Marek Polaszewski
2nd AC - Adam Green/Richard Simkins
Spark - Sebastian Nowell
Prod Design Assistant - Maisie Todd
Runner - Joseph Kurian

Sound Designer - Spesh Maloney
Visual Effects - Christian Mann
Sound Mixer - Nicholas Ashe
Colourist - Toby Tomkins


Mark Gallaway
Bayfordbury Observatory, University of Hertfordshire.
Pixi Pixel
& all those who supported the production.


Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White are two London-based filmmakers. As music video & commercial directors they have made films for clients including Google, Sony, Atlantic Records and The Royal Opera House.

Their latest short film “THE SUPERMAN” (2016), a sci-fi inspired short documentary about a lone freediver, was acquired by National Geographic and awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick.