UK Shorts, 94 minutes.
This was a collection of live action short films, all from the United Kingdom. In order of appearance:
One In Four, directed by Matti Harju, was a film about a man who’s trying to come to grips with the suicide of someone else. He’s offered a leave of absence, to give him time to recover, and deal with what’s happened. I didn’t really like this film. You’re never told that a suicide has occurred, or how the main character was involved with it. It was filmed in black and white, and some of the shots were lovely. The story was just never explained.
One tree out of 5
Dead Dog, directed by Edward Jeffreys, was about a man who gets up one morning and his dog has gone missing. He calls his girlfriend to come help him find it, and they end up a neighbor’s house. This was an ok film. The countryside where this was shot was lovely, but the film itself was a bit too short. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, and the audience never sees the dog.
One tree and a bush out of 5
K, directed by Piers Thompson, involved a teenaged girl named Kaylee. She lives in a trailer park with her Dad. During the course of the story, Kaylee meets a man who causes her to change the way she wants to live. I didn’t care too much for this one at all. The first scene of the movie, we’re introduced to Kaylee as she’s trying to leave her trailer. The front door is locked, and the only way she can exit is through the window in her father’s bedroom. Later, she sees her father and a woman having sex. Kaylee meets the stranger, in a house that has become ruins. Further into the film, the man begins to rape Kaylee, who in turn becomes accepting of this. Then, he disappears, and she leaves home for good.
One tree out of 5
Wish, directed by Matt Day, was the story of two teenage girls who’ve invited over a couple of guys to hang out for the evening. This was a contemporary story, with a bit of a twisted ending. The film is 7minutes 48seconds long, but that was all the time needed. The girls get all dressed up, and the boys are typical teenage boys. When the girls ask if they want to play a game, the story takes a turn. This film was based on actual events. I won’t say I enjoyed this film (due to the subject matter), but it was a pretty good one.
Three trees out of 5
Son, directed by Daniel Mulloy, told the story of a young boy involved in an underground theater group. As the evening progresses, the tone gets a tad more sinister. I didn’t care for this film as a whole, but elements of it appealed to me. The way a couple of scenes were shot, with the boy and his mother trying to stay in lit areas, made me feel frantic and confused (just like them). There was very good use of sound in this picture as well.
Two trees and a bush out of 5
Slapper, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, was the most polished looking of this whole set. It’s the story of a boy who’s convinced his Dad is the new sensation of the fight matches he likes to watch. Told in both present tense, and flashback sequences, this is definitely about the boy. Two years prior to the current events, the boy’s father leaves him and his mother, because he wants a better life for them. We, as an audience, see the father get into a drunken fight. Back to present day and the boy is watching a fight match at a local pub, with all the other fans. The newcomer fighter removes his mask, and the bar erupts in cheers as the boy’s father’s face is shown. Then, the boy wakes up the next morning. Flashing back again, we see the father’s body, as the mother has to identify it for the police. I liked this one quite a bit, because the fights are not what you think they’re going to be, and the characters were well developed.
Four trees out of 5
First, directed by Tinge Krishnan, was a tad confusing and hard to follow. It’s the story of a teenage girl named Sophie, and her friend Danko. In Sophie’s mind, she plays the piano like Mozart. In real life, she’s not that great of a pianist. Danko encourages her playing, even when they are escorted out of an audition for a prestigious music school. I believe that Sophie was slightly autistic, judging from the way she spoke and reacted to things. I didn’t really like this one.
One tree out of 5
Compared to the other short films I’ve seen in this festival, this set was not very good. In fact, I was highly disappointed throughout the viewing. I’m glad that we watched some other films after this to end my festival experience.
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