The Saddest Boy in the World


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Timothy Higgins, picked last for the team, is the saddest boy in the world. Friendlessness, suburban complacency and prescription drugs have conspired against the youngster to make this his worst year yet. Musical chairs and birthday cake can’t save him now. At his ninth birthday party, Timothy prepares for a show-stopping suicide.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Jamie Travis
Producer: Amy Belling

About Jamie Travis


Jamie Travis has built a strong reputation in Canada’s independent film scene as a director of precise vision. His short films have consistently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, travelled well on the international film festival circuit, won prestigious awards and aired nationally on television. Comparisons have ranged from Peter Greenaway to David Lynch to Alfred Hitchcock. Recurring themes of childhood frailty and self-conscious suspense, alongside his painstakingly designed interiors, have established Jamie as ‘an indie auteur-to-watch.’

Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner (2003), his graduating film from UBC, screened at over 60 international film festivals, aired on CBC and PBS and earned him numerous awards including the 2004 Leo Award for best production design in a short drama and the 2004 Golden Sheaf Award for best script. For Patterns (2005), Jamie was awarded the Vancouver International Film Festival’s top short film prize for best western Canadian director of a short film.

Jamie’s newer films, The Saddest Boy in the World, Patterns 2 and Patterns 3, all had their world premieres at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Darker, clearer and more extravagant than his previous efforts, the films represent a creative launching pad to his first feature. Based in Vancouver, BC, Jamie is currently working on his first feature script.

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