Welcome to Scheck & Stephens Films

home of new and original storytelling.

The brainchild of actors and filmmakers Ben Scheck and Conor Craig-Stephens, graduates of the renowned Poor School, we're here to make honest, irreverent films with a personal touch and a vibrant backbeat; to bring you unexpected narratives featuring rising talent that entertain as well as take you down new paths.

Our mission statement is to embrace the lives we see around us and find the unusual in the ordinary. At the core of our collective is a need to connect, a belief that story matters and that drama and comedy go hand in hand.

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Thick as Thieves

Our first film is 'Thick as Thieves', a darkly comic short about the ties that bind us - sometimes literally - and what happens when you give a hair-trigger psychopath a hammer.

The plot follows three inept criminals during a botched kidnapping. As plans go sideways and motives come to light, there isn't a panic room large enough to house their fragile egos.

But will loyalty keep them together, or are they thick as thieves?


Marius Smuts

Marius Smuts

Marius is an Award winning London-based filmmaker with an interest in independent cinema. He has a BA degree in Film and an MA degree in TV Production, both from University College Falmouth in Cornwall, UK

He has worked on various films which have been shown at film festivals internationally, including the Cornwall Film Festival, San Gio Video Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Crystal Palace International Festival, Creative Arts Festival, Promax Short Film Festival, the Portobello Film Festival, London 48 Hour Film Project, and Sci Fi London. He has also worked on commercials, music videos, documentaries, factual programmes and feature films.

In 2014, he finished production of his first feature film, In Transit which premiered at the Portobello Film Festival 2014 where it was nominated for BEST FILM. The film was released through Amazon VOD and Indie Reign.

For more info on In Transit The Movie, visit: www.in-transit-the-movie.com


Ben Scheck

Ben is a writer and actor. He graduated from The Poor School in 2013.

His theatre credits include: Olu in In The Thrice Ninth Kingdom (Thrice Ninth Productions), Detective Hooker in Night Of The Vampires (Canting Crew), a Garveyite Militant in Big White Fog (Almeida), Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband (Acting Gymnasium), Don in Bouncers (Basement Bodies), Conjure Man in Orpheus Descending (Workhouse Theatre), Mr. Perry in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Workhouse Theatre).

Film credits include: Lonny (Mediathirsty) and various short and corporate films.



Conor graduated from The Poor School in 2013.

His theatre credits Include: The Proud Youth in Comedy: A Tragedy In One Act (Sadler's Wells), Dracula in Dracula (Canting Crew), Konstantin in The Seagull (Theatre Collection), Snooks in Market Boy (Workhouse Theatre), Teddy Lloyd in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (Workhouse Theatre).

Film credits include: Sinuous Hallow in The Hallow (Occupant Entertainment), Lord Francis Douglas in Murder on the Matterhorn (Spiegel TV), Chris in A Party For Nikos (entertaining TV).


Lizzie Hiscott

Lizzie graduated from The Poor School in 2013. Prior to training as an actress Lizzie worked professionally as a dancer in the UK, France and Japan.

Credits since graduating include: Kitty in Anna Karenina for The Theatre Collection, Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at The Barons Court theatre, Anne/Irina in Three Sisters at The White Bear theatre and Elizabeth in Frankenstein for Adenuf Productions.

Film credits to date include: Olivia in 'The Seven Princesses' for More-Films and various short and corporate films.

Simon Mitelman

Simon Mitelman

Simon graduated from The Poor School in 2013. Theatre credits include: Buckingham (Richard III), Malvolio (Twelfth Night) for Tremor Cordis (Minack, Edinburgh, tour): Spotted (Etcetera Theatre), Balcock and Hassell (Canal Cafe) as well as 5 star plays at The Tabard and The White Bear.

Film includes: Palm Sunday (Moontree Films), The Dress (London Film Academy), and the titular 80s drag queen in Stella (Painted Pepper Films) - nominated for Best Film at the NYC International Film Festival.

He is also part of the Stonewall 'NoBystanders' anti-bullying campaign. Simon is a co-founder of theatre company The Canting Crew, playing Renfield in Dracula, The Priest in Night of the Vampires and The Fool in the English-language premiere of Nikos Kazantzakis's 'Comedy' at Sadler's Wells.