Tumshie Mcfadden’s
Bid for Ultimate Bliss


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 senses, 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



BAFTA Scotland Award for best short film

Audience Award, Blue Room, Sept 2004



Edinburgh International Film Festival

Inverness International Film Festival

Leeds International Film Festival

Kinofilm Festival, Manchester

Cardiff Screen Festival, Cardiff

Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland

Circuito Off, Venice, Italy

Nuit du court Metrage, Lausanne, Switzerland

Leuven Kort Short Film Festival, Belgium

Emden Film Festival, Germany

Dresden Film Festival, Germany

Florida Film Festival, USA

Seattle International Film Festival, USA

Mill Valley Film Festival, USA

Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto

Monterrey Film Festival, Mexico

Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Canada