SHORT SIGHTINGS // Big Mouth

Yet again the posts are coming in slow, but nevertheless still coming. Whilst browsing on the Rankin’s Hunger TV I came across a short that was so poignant and also significant of this Paralympic period we are in. So I had no choice but to write this post because it struck a chord with me strong that I had to share. Whilst being away from this blog I’ve been a busy bee producing videos about various events put on by the Mayor of London peeps, and I had the rare opportunity to enjoy from City Hall performances by a variety of ‘disabled’ artists. The quotations are because I believe it’s fair to say that people labelled this way are fully capable of doing many spectacular things that anybody else can do, especially with an impairment. On the night we had blues, classical, folk, Indian musicians grace us with their amazing talent. They showed us that creativity cannot be stopped by a disability. In the moment of experiencing their exceptional talents and hearing their stories I was inspired with idea for a script/film idea that I felt would be a good opportunity to show that there isn’t a need for separation. Talent is talent. End of! But then I came across this short film, Big Mouth, that does encapsulates the message I wanted to evoke in my potential film. That’s not to say I have given up on the idea.

Big Mouth was released in 2010 and was made in partnership with Collabor8te, another one of Rankin’s ventures. Collabor8te works with and supports new talent in getting their films made and also distributed beyond the festival circuit. Director Henry Darke was one of the lucky ones chosen for this opportunity and you can see his full interview here to find out more about his experience and the process he went through.

So Big Mouth is a coming of age tale about two deaf brothers with dissimilar personalities that have learnt to deal with their impairment in contrasting ways. It’s very rural, working class and emotional. I found myself willing for the brother that had lost touch with society to make sure that he got heard. It is a story that will not only resonate with people that have hearing impairments, but anyone that feels lost amongst others.

Full film is below. Tell me what you think. 

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CANNES 2012 // The Chair

The Chair is a beautifully captured story about a small community under attack by a fatal mould infestation. A young boy’s mother is consumed by it. Her house is emptied and her possessions are taken to the local dump. His mother’s chair remains there, even though rubbish collectors take away all of the other rubbish. The young boy explores the significance of this and his mother’s death in a poetic contemplative way, which contrasts the subtle panic of the town.

Director Grainger David has had The Chair compared to Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life aesthetically, but I feel that The Chair would be more successful in holding the audiences focus. David is an NYU graduate with The Chair being his final year thesis film. Already been awarded the Short Film Jury Award at this years SXSW festival I suspect great things are to come at Cannes for The Chair and David.

The Chair has been selected in the Short Film Competition at Cannes Film Festival, with the winner taking away the prestigious Palme D’Or.

Here’s the trailer for your pleasure.

SHORT SIGHTINGS: Amar

Amar is a docu-short film about an Indian boy called Amar. At aged 14 he is striving a lot harder than most 14 year olds I’ve come across on the cold streets of London. Working two jobs, as well as being at the top of his class, it shows that anything is possible. Filmmaker Ivan Kander encompasses within this short the beauty of how lack can lead to growth in more significant aspects of life, like understanding the importance of putting family first, even before your own needs. Living in a developed westernised city like London, we are all striving in our own way. But sometimes it’s easy to forget those close to you in the midst of our own financial/personal/spiritual/etc augmentation. I don’t know if Kander was intent on provoking the audience of his film to feel small or even slower than Amar, but it did in me somehow. Although I have worked two jobs at once (actually it was three) whilst at University, it was essentially to feed my own consumer desires and not to feed the mouths of my parents and siblings.

Amar is beautifully shot and Kander manages to make the subjects of this film not show their awareness of the camera pointing in their face. Kander skilfully demonstrates that there is beauty in everyone’s story no matter the place or roots you sprouted from.

Enjoy!

SHORTS: Apricot

Amazing cinematography. Lame Story. Or maybe it was the acting. Would have been better with no dialogue.

If you can’t see the video click here.


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