Short Film Saturdays: “Ludgate Hill”

Rating: ★★★★ Ludgate Hill is a 9 minute short film from Auteurs’ Forum and Ernest Productions. It was written, directed and edited by Tom Francis Kerby, who has frankly done a fantastic job of all three. The film follows Charlie (Max Cross), an introverted young boy who is struggling to understand why his sister Shae (Francesca Zagajewska) has unexpectedly left the family home. We know … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Ludgate Hill”

Short Film Saturdays: “Perfectly Natural”

Rating: ★★★★★ Despite not being a parent myself, I am very aware that new mothers and fathers struggle to balance childcare and work. There’s still an obscene amount of societal pressure on people to do parenting ‘right’, whatever that means. Some believe it’s important to keep working, whilst others think mothers should spend as much time as possible with young ones, even if that means … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Perfectly Natural”

Short Film Saturdays: “A Blind Alley” (LKFF)

This review references sexual assault. Reader discretion advised. Rating: ★★★★ The second film I’m reviewing from the Women’s Voices Shorts Programme is Oh Su-yeon. Running at 27 minutes, A Blind Alley follows school friends Moonyoung and Eunjae, after Moonyoung suffers a traumatic incident and becomes withdrawn. She hides it from Eunjae, refusing to confide in her for most of the film. This short does an excellent job … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “A Blind Alley” (LKFF)

Short Film Saturdays: “Anxiety”

Rating: ★★★★★ This week, I’m taking a look at a short film that really resonated with me. I recently put up a tweet letting you guys know that I was struggling with some mental health issues, and I was overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I received from everyone. It seemed fitting that today I should review Anxiety, a film that perfectly depicts what it’s like … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Anxiety”

Short Film Saturdays: “The Black Hole”

Rating: ★★★★★ This week, I’m throwing it all the way back to 2008 with a review of one of my favourite short films. I recently re-watched The Black Hole after all these years and really wanted to share it, and my thoughts, with you all. My first encounter with this short was during a Film Studies class back in Sixth Form, so this brings some welcome nostalgia for … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “The Black Hole”

Short Film Saturdays: “Maren”

Rating: ★★★ 1/2 Maren is a German-language short film about a woman who plans to meet her husband for dinner, but finds death personified at the table instead. It’s a delightfully morbid concept that I was very excited to learn more about, as I love anything psychologically thrilling. Thank you to writer/director Ludo Vici for getting in touch and sending it my way. Straight away, I was … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Maren”

Short Film Saturdays: “The Super Recogniser”

  Rating: ★★★★★ This week I’m back with another review from Big Picture Film Club‘s ‘Conspiracy’ event. I’m so excited to share this with you guys as it was my favourite of the night, for reasons which I’ll delve into below. Shoutout to writer-director Jennifer Sheridan for speaking with me after the screening, it was so nice to meet you! The Super Recogniser follows Jacob, who is … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “The Super Recogniser”

Short Film Saturdays: “New York City Sketchbook”

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 Sketchbooks are commonplace amongst artists, but have you ever seen one come to life before? In Willy Hartland’s New York City Sketchbook, we see the candid and honest sketches move before our eyes as they tell a story within this iconic city that provides a backdrop for many films and TV shows; a city that we all know even if we haven’t set foot in it. … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “New York City Sketchbook”