Martin Gooch, Director

Writer / Showrunner

30 years ago, David’s younger brother Simon disappeared without a trace and has never been seen since. David is still looking, and the search for Simon has become his life.

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David has spent years traveling the UK and the world, funded by a small but fortuitous lottery win, to visit people who claimed to have been abducted or had a close encounter. He has a website and Facebook group where he asks people to help in his quest, they upload video interviews they have done for him.

He has met and interviewed respected scientists, and members of the public who have ‘come into contact’ with Aliens or even been abducted themselves.

David is convinced he is onto something.

His mother has given up hope that David will ever get a proper job – or heaven forbid – find a girl and settle down, but point blank refuses to talk about the loss of her other son Simon.

Every week David goes to the local pub (to either play war-games or be in a pub quiz). His fellow pub friends are totally bored of his UFO obsession, however Sally, a girl he met at the ‘Failed Suicide club’ really likes him, though David is oblivious to her advances, and being somewhat shy – she isn’t getting very far.

David wont listen to anyone talk about the possibility that Simon just died, or is dead – because listening means he’s wasted his whole life.


Best Actress: Millie Reeves
Southampton International Film Festival

Best Film
Boston SCi-Fi Film Festival

Best Film
Monaco International Film Festival

Best Screenplay
Portsmouth International Film Festival

Best Score
Portsmouth International Film Festival

Best Feature Film
Iowa Indy Film Festival (2014)

The Search for Simon

If you look hard enough – you can find anything…
GENRE: Sci-fi Comedy
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Staring Tom Price (‘Dr. Who’), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent in ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe’), Carole Cleveland (‘Monty Python’), Sophie Aldridge (‘Dr. Who’) and Chase Masterson (‘Star Trek’).

Michael Palin and Terry Jones (Monty Python) who were at the BFI world premiere, said the Search for Simon ‘was very silly indeed’, Terry called it a “Triumph!”.

Premiered and opened the London Science Fiction Festival at NFT 1. (One of London’s best cinemas). It was released in the UK and the USA on DVD and is also available on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Playstation and VOD platforms. 

Music by the Nelson Brothers and Captain Sensible from the Damned.

In 2021 The Search for Simon Director’s Cut will be released due to popular demand! With 6 minutes more footage, new posters and trailers.