November 02, 2005

British Short Films

I go to the BBC Film Network from time to time to look at the short films there. Not all are good – my definition of good – but I found some that I liked. Some of them just makes me think that I'm really worthless with my ideas.

Back And Forth by Stephan Talneau
A poignant love story told backwards using Four Tet music. The ending is clearly sad, but what makes it poignant is the fact that the beginning (shown at the end) was so nice. Well made, especially the editing (not just the fact that it's backwards, usually a pretentious device).

The Sound Of Silence by James Appleton
Basically a fable. A writer gets continually distracted by various noises while rushing for a deadline. A magical vinyl record saves the day. But then …

Dumping Elaine by Peter Lydon
Eddie is trying to dump Elaine. A comedy of errors where the story misleads the two protagonists, the cafe waitresses eavesdropping on them – and the audience. Charming comedy with great acting from the cast who play it perfectly balanced.

Dialog by Stephen Irwin
Animation about the Doctor contemplating destroying his creation, a simulation town called Clusterville. Just as he is about to destroy it, the behaviour of a human and a mechanical robot in the town attracts his attention. Weeeeeird stuff.

The story of Oedipus Rex may have been so gross and disturbing such that none of us can ever really relate to it – but hell, this short made it very clear how something that happens daily can, ahem, lead to such a result.

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