This month Short Film Mondays will be returning to its original format; where the short film is actually available for you to watch, and then you have my thoughts tapped out below as per normal. So without further ado, here is Wink by Shanee Edwards:
From here onwards there will be spoilers:
First of all I really like Jules Willcox here; she’s a lot of fun and I found her to be really entertaining throughout. She doesn’t overdo the role, and manages to convey the disturbing nature of her character whilst staying (to some degree) relatable. In fact I’m going to put her on my ‘people to watch’ list, I think there is some real potential here! Tanc Sade on the other hand does a good job generally but I found that his delivery of a couple of lines of dialogue didn’t sit quite right for me. They felt a little forced and unnatural. Still, the pair together make an interesting duo who are easily capable of involving us throughout the course of this short.
I also really like the concept behind this story, even if it could have benefited from a little more development. I think that the idea of sticking these two people together in such a situation works perfectly for the medium; it is simplistic enough to not feel like a feature film that is trying to cram itself into under ten minutes, but there are enough areas of conflict and personality to explore within the available time. That being said, I think that the film could have raised the tension somewhat, there’s a lot of exposition being fed to us here, and although it is entertaining it could have been trimmed down and the stakes could have been raised in some way.
Overall though I enjoyed my time with this short; the concept was neat, the story was interesting, and I’ve found myself a new actress to look out for in the future! I also felt the desire to re-watch this several times over which is always nice.
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