★★★★ "Odds On is an exemplar of the way online theatre has developed in the past few years..... The animations and haunting soundtrack ... have a naive kind of power and the film’s final, beautiful aerial shot of sea waves and open skies gives us hope.... while leaving the story open-ended." - The Guardian
★★★★ "A stunningly clever hybrid of intimate drama, film and gameplay" - Everything Theatre
WINNER - Digital Content Award - Arts Council England's Digital Culture Awards
WINNER - Best Interactive Film - Wales International Media Festival
WINNER - Best Experimental Film - Gully International Film Festival
WINNER - Best Directors (Daphna Attias & Terry O'Donovan) - Scenesaver Birthday Honours Awards
NOMINATED - Digital Project of the Year - The Stage Awards 2023
HONORABLE MENTION - Munich New Wave Short Film Festival
Odds On is best experienced on a laptop or desktop.
It will be a smoother experience if you're on wi-fi.
Content Warning: This film contains gambling (live play, images, sounds & slot simulation) which may be very triggering to people with a gambling addiction or who are in recovery. A full support pack for anyone who may be affected by the issues raised is available here.
If slot machine simulation will be triggering to you, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a non-interactive version of Odds On.
Odds On is our first ever interactive short film and continues our experiments in digital storytelling.
Log in to Pearls of Fortune, the online slots game that’s caught us all in its net, give yourself a fun name, pick an adorable avatar, and plunge beneath the waves for a few spins. Odds On takes you deep down into the world of online gambling; from that first win, all the way behind the screen to give a game’s-eye view of how your fellow players are really doing. Follow Felicity, a valued customer, and peer beneath the murky depths to see how a cheeky spin can spiral out of control.
Running Time: 40 minutes
Access: Embedded Captioning and Optional Audio Description
Age Guidance: 14+
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Creative Advisory Group
The Odds On creative team have worked in close consultation with the Odds On Lived Experience Creative Advisory Group over 9 months to create Odds On.
Facilitated by Fiona Watson, the Odds On Lived Experience Creative Advisory Group is a national group of adults with experience of gambling harm who met monthly and provided feedback throughout the development of the Odds On story and script. Supported by Wellbeing Supervisor Julia Hall.
We would like to thank all the participants for their invaluable contributions to the project.
The Lived Experience Creative Advisory Group is made up of Nadine Ashworth, Owen Baily, Nicola Jaques, Ryan Pitcher, Jade Vallis
By Dante or Die
Writers & Directors: Daphna Attias & Terry O'Donovan
Animation Director & Editor: John Brannoch
Felicity: Fiona Watson
Joel: Maynard Eziashi
Adrian: Elan James
Lana: Bianca Stephens
Noah: Oshy Fuller
Nurse: Terry O’Donovan
Composers: Yaniv Fridel & Ofer (OJ) Shabi
Sound Design & Additional Music: Ben Kelly
Director of Photography: Christopher Jeffers
Production & Costume Designer: Kat Heath
Dramaturgy: Tim Crouch
Script Consultancy: Lisa Goldman
Web Development: Sebastien Dehesdin
Senior Producer: Sophie Ignatieff
Participation Producer: Lucy Dear
Assistant Producer: Caitlin Evans
Lived Experience Creative Advisory Group Facilitator: Fiona Watson
Location Sound Recordists: Manon Vigouroux & Lisala Dolo
Sound Mixing: Julian Blanco at Soho Sonic Studios
Vocalist: Jemima Housden
Recorded & Mixed at Soho Sonic Studios
Lived Experience Creative Advisory Group:
Nadine Ashworth, Owen Baily, Nicola Jaques, Ryan Pitcher, Jade Vallis
Access Development: Emily Howlett
Audio Description: Louise Fryer
Marketing Manager: Vic Shead
PR Consultant: Cliona Roberts
Promotional Images: Studio 27 Eleven & Justin Jones Photography
Over 9 days of rehearsals, filming and voice over sessions, we measured our environmental impact, minimised new purchases and reduced waste. Find out about our efforts to work sustainably in this blog post.
An edited version of the panel discussion to launch Odds On with insightful discussion on the impact of online gambling.
Co-Artistic Director Terry O'Donovan and Producer Sophie Ignatieff share the story behind our new interactive short film, Odds On.
Commissioned as part of LIVE NOW - The Lowry's digital commissioning programme - & by Lighthouse Poole and funded by Arts Council England. R&D supported by Farnham Maltings New Popular commission, Ideas Test & South Street Reading, and through public funding from Garfield Weston Foundation, Awards for All, The Rayne Foundation & Arts Council England.