Show Me Shorts: Film Festival Review
Show Me Shorts Festival
Back for another year and as the tag line this year goes : Back for a good
time, not a long time, the Show Me Shorts Festival is in rude health once
With a plethora of shorts and genres to choose from, there's something for
everyone again this year.
Here's a handful of reviews of what's on offer at the nationwide
Oscar's First Kiss - a sweet short tale of mistaken identity
on an Aussie bus. Flighty and flirtatious, this piece is all about the close ups
and the problem of dodging someone you don't want to know on a bus-even if they
claim they know you. Stolen coy glances are mixed up with someone channeling
their inner Mick Jagger.
Double Happy - a tale of innocence lost and shocking
moments, Double Happy is the story of Rory and how hanging out with friends and
a potential love interest changes his life forever. With some affecting dialogue
and some nice touches (and a novel use for a Polaroid camera) this mini drama
easily shocks by the end.
The North Pole Deception sees the workshop conditions of the
elves at the North Pole blown apart. Filmed in a doco and interview style, the
crude plasticine animation may lack aesthetically but a clever script certainly
brings the cruelty into the yuletide season. And the final shot and use of candy
canes is perhaps one of the cleverest I've seen in a while.
This Is Her - quite simply, this tale from writer Kate
McDermott is one of the best short films I've seen for a long, long time.
Beginning with our protagonist Evie giving birth, the voiceover wrong foots you
from the moment it starts. Clever, witty and genius in scope, this intriguing
film catches you right from the get go. Simply brilliant - and without wanting
to be mean, I wouldn't want to tell you anything about it so you can marvel at
the surprise that smacks you straight across the face within seconds. Highly
Show Me Shorts Film Festival continues nationwide.