Drama, 6 min
The only criticism here was that the short was well…too short
Dinner Date by Isobella Hubbard, part of the ‘Go Through It’ selection at the BFI Flare was due to have its World Premiere at this year’s festival, however, in light of the nature of its cancellation, its World Premiere status remains intact, so look out world. The stars Rachael James and Niccy Lin play Winnie and Pip respectively– two gals on an dinner date!
This wonderful short – short takes the audience through the rituals one goes through whilst preparing for a dinner date. The acting is spot on, the production values are high and so is the suspense – the will they won’t they vibe continues throughout.
The only criticism here was that the short was well…too short and I was left screaming at the TV when it ended. This is one to watch!
Heart to Heart
Comedy Drama, 10 min
After waking up from yet another heart surgery, Liddy starts hearing a voice telling her that she’s probably about to die a virgin…and that’s unacceptable.
Fun, fast and snappy, this short keeps you hooked the whole way through
When the opening scene of a short is a young woman waking up from surgery and seeing her very own, animated heart dancing to Dai Burger’s Where My Girls, you know you’re in for something a little bit different!
Lilah Vandenburgh’s short is crafted so well that if you blink you could miss something. Liddy is having a bad day which is being made even worse by Lump, her heart – who is voiced by the legendary David Tennant -constantly talking to her. Lump, put frankly, sounds like he’s downed a few too many pints of something alcoholic and is a chain smoker, but still straight talking…“so you want to die a virgin?”.
This is contrasted with the politically correct and consciously aware Liddy’s opinion on virginity being a social construct. Lump is on a mission to get Liddy laid by any means necessary and Kim (Siena Kelly) the hot nurse is his target.
Fun, fast and snappy, this short keeps you hooked the whole way through.
Drama, 15 min
A mortician has a difficult day at work when she comes across a familiar face.
However, under Wong’s direction, this short skilfully weaves the events in young Yasmine’s life together
Nichola Wong’s The Passing starring Natalie Radmall-Quirke and Flavia Lloyd as Yasmine is a short told in flash-back, The Passing shows how Yasmine a mortician is confronted with the emotional realities of her job.
The plot of this short is a familiar one, with teenage Yasmine experiencing first love, showing her relationship with her mother, and her marriage to her husband. However, under Wong’s direction, this short skilfully weaves the events in young Yasmine’s life together, and shows how they impacted on her relationships in her adult life.
One scene does however border on sentimentality and implausibility; but overall, the short does deliver on its intention – how regret and loss are intrinsically linked.
This is one to take you through the emotions. And so, one to watch!
SELECTED CLIP: The Passing
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