Tumshie McFadgen’s Bid For Ultimate Bliss

2004: TV Short Film

Winner of the 2004 BAFTA Scotland award for best short film, Tumshie McFadgen’s Bid for Ultimate Bliss is a fast paced, visceral, uniquely Scottish comedy about one man’s attempt to devise the supreme pleasure experience.

Tumshie is a true Scottish eccentric. He lives life to the full, indulging in life’s physical pleasures to the max. His partner, Lizzie, and all his friends, are used to his idiosyncratic nature. The following misadventures will test these friendships to the limit. Tumshie’s trouble starts when he comes up with the notion of cross-pleasuring. He decides to push his heightened sensorial awareness to the limit by combining his favourite experience, in each of the five sense, so they ‘hit’ simultaneously. After some serious planning, and with the reluctant help of Lizzie, Tumshie makes his first attempt to attain ultimate bliss. Failure. But Tumshie is not one to do things by halves, and his exploits have some disastrous repercussions on his way of life.

Tumshie was written and directed by Simon Hynd and produced by Plum Films for the BBC’s Tartan Shorts film scheme.


Writer/Director: Simon Hynd
Producer: Micky MacPherson
Director of Photography: Trevor Brooker
Production Designer: Rita McGurn


Derek Riddell as Tumshie McFadgen
Julie Duncanson as Lumphanan Lizzie
Clive Russell as Moon River Thompson


Best Short Film
BAFTA Scotland Award 2004


  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Inverness International Film Festival
  • Leeds International Film Festival
  • Kinofilm Festival, Manchester
  • Cardiff Screen Festival
  • Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland
  • Circuito Off, Venice, Italy
  • Nuit du court Metrage, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Leuven Kort Short Film Festival, Belgium
  • Emdem Film Festival, Germany
  • Dresden Film Festival, Germany
  • Florida Film Festival, USA
  • Seattle International Film Festival, USA
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  • Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto
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