About Us

It’s Not Custard is a dark comedy short film.

Funded with love on Indiegogo.



It’s Not Custard is Kate’s debut short. She studied Film for two years at college and a further three at university.

Additionally Kate works in Post-Production on Feature Films and TV, most notably: Doug Liman’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, Guy Ritchie’s ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E’, Tom Hardy & Ridley Scott’s ‘Taboo’ & Rob Letterman’s ‘ ‘Detective Pikachu.’

Directors Statement 

The idea for It’s Not Custard has been with me for years in fragments. It stems from growing up in a bedroom with a textured wall. In moments of wonder, I’d think about what it would be like if the walls around me came to life.

For me the short is as much the Narrator’s story as it is Louise’s. I wrote it as if the Narrator has turned up for what he thinks is a straight forward fairytale, only to find it is much more than he bargained for. He begins as a dry spectator of Louise’s life and as the story develops he unwittingly begins to root for Louise and her triumphs against those who torment her.

I chose to shoot with extremely wide lenses to create an obscure other-worldly view. I wanted to create the feeling that this isn’t quite the world we know and that this fable is much more Roald Dahl than Disney.

Charlotte Luxford


Charlotte has taken roles in several fringe theatre pieces, including productions at the International Youth Arts Festival and the Camden Fringe. She has also completed television commercials including starring in the Radio Times Christmas 2017 ad.

Kate Leiper


Since graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Kate has performed in a variety of short films and music productions. She has had the privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall as a singer for Anthems and A Night of a Thousand Stars. She is currently touring China with the Jersey Boys production.

Donal Cox


Trained and worked at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (Ireland’s National Theatre) and later at the Dublin Gate Theatre. Recent screen appearances include the Ricky Gervais series ‘Life’s Too Short’ and feature film ‘The Double’ (dir Richard Ayoade).

Will Cox


Will’s first experience acting was in CBBC‘s ‘MI High’.
He has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, not once but twice. He first performed there in 2010 performing in The Dead and the second time in 2012 in The Good, The Bad and The Extraterrestrials. Will is currently in his final year of university.

Alison Wroblewski


Alison always knew she wanted to be a part of the team who created the fantasy worlds she saw on the screen. During her period of living in London, Texas born Alison chased her dream of being a film Producer. Her work has been shown at the Director’s Guild of America, JumpCut Film Festival, and Evil City Film Festival.

Dan Cleland

Exec Producer

Dan is a film Producer. Most notably known for the short ‘Orthodox’ starring Stephen Graham and ‘PRIDE?’ a provocative and intelligent documentary detailing the history of the movement and exuding compassion for the many parts of the LGTBQ+ community.

Yann McCullough


Yann has composed for 14 TV documentary series for Channel 4, Seven series of the critically acclaimed Unreported World, Channel 5 and Sky.
In addition to composing Yann has worked as Music Editor on feature films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Stephanie Williams

Set Designer

Trained through the post-graduate Motley Theatre Design Course Stephanie also previously studied BA Spatial Design. Based in London Stephanie has created sets, props and costumes and art directed for DNA Films, Bompas&Parr, Selfridges, Paco Rabanne (VV Brown), BBC, Jotta (University of the Arts), Intel, Nokia, Observer Magazine.

Waldo Mason


Waldo’s specialist skills have seen him create fantastical effects for films such as Harry Potter (pictured with a Grindylow from The Goblet of Fire), Shaun of the Dead, Game of Thrones and Ripper Street. A particular proud moment for him was working on Saving Private Ryan. Another incredible credit includes sculpting the Hammerpede creature in Prometheus.