• Director

    Ray Jacobs

  • Country, Year, Length

    United Kingdom, 2020, 10:00

  • Category

    Family Friendly Short

  • Format

    Digital HD

  • Festival Year



Tom is anxious, he holds a secret in his human heart, a wing beat and a flutter and its bursting to take flight.

The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot is a tale of magical realism to be witnessed and shared. It is a tale of healing revealing how we can learn to live with the secrets of our more than human hearts.

Tom Lightfoot works as a calls operator for ‘We have the Answers’.
A call centre, which answers anybody’s questions about absolutely anything. Tom, is secretly studying for a PHD in bird migration but this is not Tom’s secret life, his secret is inside of him

This film is part of a series of films ‘Secret Lives’ combining the artistry and experiences of UK learning disability group ‘Arty Party, the film direction of Ray Jacobs and the writings of NYT best selling fantasy author Jeff Vandermeer.


Ray Jacobs – Writer, Director, Producer
Graham Busby – “Tom Lightfoot”
Becky Keir – “Sandy”

Director Statement

‘I aim in my work to create movement and image which steps quietly and powerfully into the human heart’.

Director Biography

Ray Jacobs is a UK based artist who uses the mediums of image, film and movement to highlight the beauty, power and presence in the stories that surround us and are within us.
Ray works as a director and facilitator, creating imaginative and powerful works with a wide variety of companies, performers and participatory groups in particular collaborating with disabled artists.
He states. ‘I aim in my work to create movement and image which steps quietly yet powerfully into the human heart’.
Ray’s background is in dance and performance, trauma from a hereditary heart condition in his thirties led him to begin creating work away from the stage and create visual stories on film.
Recent multi award winning short films include ‘The Sea Reminds Me’ , ‘Bastion’ ,Four Solos in the Wild and Your Rocky Spine. He is currently touring a new film based installation The Cabinet of Secret Lives based on a collection of stories from American Sci Fi author Jeff Vandermeer.
Ray is currently co director of Shropshire inclusive Dance and performance director of Arty Party a charity based in Telford focused on supporting learning disabled artists share work with the public.