Film about a man who turns into a puffer fish seeks sponsor

A short film about a man who turns into a puffer fish is looking for a sponsor with a view to the film becoming a series.

Directed by Ben West, who comes from a visual effects background, the film follows the fortunes of a Japanese salaryman who turns into a puffer fish after eating a live one in a restaurant.

West’s production company @Radicalmedia, is shopping around for a distributor and considering looking for a sponsorship tie-up.

West told Mumbrella: “It’s a film with edge, and is probably not for mainstream audiences. But there’s potential for the film to become a branded entertainment series if we get a sponsor.”

West used to work at post house Animal Logic on visual effects before moving into directing. Commercials he has directed include work for 5 Seeds and Australian Directors’ Guild.


  1. Nick West
    16 May 12
    11:13 pm

  2. The music and sound design for Fugu & Tako was produced by the sound guns over at Smith & Western Sound.

  3. joe p
    17 May 12
    8:43 am

  4. “It’s a film with edge, and is probably not for mainstream audiences.”

    Normally this is followed up by a frustrated diatribe with multiple uses of the term ‘sheeple’.

  5. Seriously?
    17 May 12
    9:26 am

  6. So if you’re a “friend” of mumbrella they’ll shop your proposals around? Tim, we must catch up for a beer sometime, maaaate!

  7. mumbrella
    17 May 12
    9:59 am

  8. Hi Seriously,

    I don’t think any of us on the team have ever met Ben, or indeed had previous dealing with him. But, hey, perhaps you just mean that we’re friends with everybody…


    Tim – Mumbrella

  9. Seriously?
    17 May 12
    11:40 am

  10. Thanks for the clarification, Tim. But I’m now at a complete loss as to why you’ve chosen to publish this at all. I must be missing something.

  11. chuck
    17 May 12
    1:51 pm

  12. Seriously? yer a dick.

    Moving on,
    this is awesome.
    I’d def like to see more.
    Good luck Ben

  13. Doug
    18 May 12
    1:49 pm

  14. Its pretty simple Seriously, its a fringe production they are looking for support and Mumbrella are offering a little support via an informative article. Have you just become accustomed to the massive Hollywood Studio ad campaign that assaults your senses on every level?

  15. Peter Rush
    18 May 12
    4:22 pm

  16. Cool Ben.Maybe a salary man rom-com – whatever that is.
    What if he can’t get the polite Japanese to acknowledge his deformity.
    And are his testicles like his head? How about when he farts his head swells.
    Does he eat straight from the tank at restaurants.Is he real good at blowing up balloons? What do cats think of him? Do aliens want him back? Go Ben go!

  17. Anne Miles
    18 May 12
    10:06 pm

  18. Perhaps this is more of an Encore story than Mumbrella?

    It would be great for there to be a regular platform available for industry film makers to have their films and scripts available for brands to review online. Beats flocking to MIPCOM (and the like) and being overlooked once again, year on year.