Movember - Standby Productions


“A man without a moustache is like a cup of tea without sugar.”


Not everyone would agree with the above statement’s appraisal of tea sans sugar. Likewise, the subject of the moustache has been known to be a very prickly and divisive one, especially in the current era of the slickly groomed metrosexual male. However, more and more it seems that there is growing evidence that points to a resurgence of the famed lip rug, none more obvious than the annual moustache driven charity event, Movember. Since its inaugural 2003 event (which consisted of a mere 30 participants), Movember’s popularity has exploded worldwide with over 854,000 people taking part last year alone, helping to raise a staggering £79.3 million. The aim of the event is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

With the charitable nature of the event in mind, combined with our very own indisputable love of facial hair, team Standby decided that we would forgo our rugged sensibilities and try our hand at a more refined and gentlemanly approach to daily life. For assistant director Ashley, this meant making a huge sacrifice in the removal of his beard for the first time in over half a decade. What exactly would be under there? For director Simon, it meant facing up to the reality of the ginger hue that has threatened to haunt his face for years.

Having dusted off the old razorblades (or rather, having purchased them), team Standby set about the month freshly faced. The target was a mighty and yet manageable £500. With the Movember pages ready and primed, and email footers changed to alert people of our noble intentions, we began the task of raising both money and awareness for the cause. Early donations from friends, family and clients rolled in, and by the middle of the month we had surpassed £250, meaning we were well on track to hit our target. It was around here that things became a little more tricky. If maintaining a well groomed lip cap during a busy and hectic November month had seemed tough, it was nothing compared to the difficulty that our many clients faced in having to take our directors seriously. Looking back, it’s a mystery how any jobs actually managed to get completed, with actors and presenters expected to keep a straight face in the presence of such ridiculous hirsuteness. If you don’t believe us, just look at the pictures and ask yourself if you could take any direction from those two seriously.

With the end of the month approaching, one final push was needed to help surpass our £500 target. We took our cause to Facebook and Twitter, buoyed by some ridiculous (or genius??) photos that we had taken of ourselves, dressed and graded in the most classic and gentlemanly tradition possible. Like all the best events it went right down to the wire, but in the 11th hour Standby received a flurry of final donations that helped to smash through our target, with the team ending the month on a very satisfying £531. It had been a month of highs and lows, but as the moustaches came off (or in Ashley’s case, waited for the rest of the beard to catch up with it) there was a sense of achievement in having survived the month while sporting a very prominent mouth brow. Standby Productions highly recommends it. Enjoy the pictures above, and we hope you’ll join us in taking part next year!

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