Review | Ashens And The Fly On The Wall

Review | Ashens And The Fly On The Wall

A behind the scenes look at Ashens and the Polybius Heist, a documentary just as entertaining as the film!

Last year saw the release of Ashens and the Polybius Heist, the second film starring YouTuber Stuart Ashen  earning a glowing review from myself.

The film saw a global release on various digital platforms in November 2020. If you were one of the many people who subscribed to a high enough tier as part of the Indiegogo campaign, you will have probably received your physical copy of the film just about now.

For the rest of us, here is the opportunity to grab a physical copy for ourselves and Ashens and the team have revealed something rather special to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of Stuart’s YouTube career.

Today sees the opening of an online Ashen’s Movie Shop where you can not only purchase Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild (which has become hard to find over the years) or Ashens and the Polybius Heist but also a third option, Ashens and the Fly on the Wall.

That’s right, there was so much Polybius related extra material that the behind the scenes documentary was given its own release.

As the title suggests, this behind the scenes documentary is literally a fly on the wall look at the making of Ashens and the Polybius Heist. There are no sit down formal interviews here, just snippets of chat with all the cast and crew as we follow them through the production of the film from day one of principal photography until the very end.

This is also a very interesting look at how a low budget film is created and the way in which they maximize their resources. A pub for example will become three separate locations in the film and until it’s pointed out how they achieved this, I would never have noticed.

One of the main key points about this documentary is that its quite clear that everyone is having a good time on this film. However, there are bumps in the road, and it’s interesting to see how they will overcome these problems with one of them being incredibly major. I won’t spoil it here.

Ashens and the Fly on the Wall has a runtime of 45 minutes and the time flies by. It’s both an informative and entertaining look behind the scenes of a low budget film which as I mention in my review, looks far better than what it actually cost to produce.

But this documentary makes up less than half of what they have included on this jam packed release.

In the more traditional sense of DVD extras we have a VFX Reel showcasing before and after shots of how CGI was utilized in the film. I was honestly surprised to see some shots where it never occurred to me that they would be using CGI! This includes fixing one of the biggest problems that occurred during filming which I think they achieved flawlessly.

There are also a smattering of deleted scenes including one which references the main staple of Stuart’s YouTube career which I wish had been left in the film.

You’ll find Several internet promos for the film and an office set tour featuring a large collection of old technology as given by Stuart in his own irrefutable style.

The rest of the disc however is far from your standard extra material, but this is isn’t in any way a bad thing. There are interviews with the cast and crew and general silliness as they try to fill the time in between shooting. You’ll find top tips, jokes and even a film quiz related to other heist films.

You can order Ashens and the Fly on the Wall right now from

Ashens and the Fly on the Wall – RRP: £8.99 DVD / £9.99 Blu-Ray

Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild and Ashens and the Polybius Heist are also available to order online starting today, February 22nd, for a very limited two week run ending Sunday 7th March.

Ashens and the Polybius Heist – RRP: £11.99 DVD / £12.99 Blu-Ray

As already mentioned, here is the opportunity for those who missed the crowdsourcing campaign to finally own the Polybius Heist on Blu-ray or DVD. The disc is packed to the brim with extra features including a commentary track, deleted scenes, out-takes and featurettes.

Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild – RRP: £9.99 DVD / £10.99 Blu-Ray

The original film from 2014 that started it all, Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild was originally watched over 1.5 million times on YouTube but unfortunately had to be taken down due to rights issues.

It is now available once again for those who missed it first time around. This disc also features a commentary track with Ashens and Director Riyad Barmania, plus deleted scenes, out-takes, mad-cap extra features and more. If you want to know more, you can read my review here.

Ashens Collector’s Edition – RRP: £27.99 DVD £29.99 Blu-Ray

For this special occasion, available for one time only, is a collection of both films and the documentary to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Stuart’s YouTube career. Not only will you receive all the aforementioned content, but this individually numbered collector’s edition will also provide you with a download code to access previously unseen Ashen’s content.

As an old school fan of physical media, I am very pleased to see these films being released. Don’t forget you can still find both of these films (but not the documentary) available via various streaming platforms, for example Vimeo where you can stream, download and keep both films for just £7.99.

John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves film, and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990s. Whilst that website became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. He's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.