A burdened father faces a dilemma as he is forced to choose between his next aerospace assignment or reunion with his troubled son.

Director James Ho says: “With a crowdfunded budget of £2600, Starfish goes beyond the level of average student production. Starfish has so far been officially selected by four film festivals, and more are expected to come. It almost took my life to make this film, literally.”

About the creator

James Ho is a passionate young filmmaker who is due to graduate in 2020 from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in Film, Television and Digital Production.

He has an unique voice in filmmaking as he was born in Hong Kong and grew up there, yet trained and works in London. His graduation film Starfish is currently being submitted to festivals. James is keen to hear what you think about his film. You can email him at:

Full credits


Brad – Paris Stangl
Son – Daniel Whitington
Grandpa – Dave Lee


Director, Producer, and Scriptwriter – James Ho
Producer – Tyler Okely
Story – Callum Williams
Director of Photography – Sanya Shahzad
Editor, Sound mixer, VFX – Rosa Ng
Sound recordist – Moris Zingman