Short Film Reviews

As well as writing for my own blog for nearly two years now, I contribute to another site UK Film Review, writing reviews for short films and the occasional feature length indie film. I thoroughly enjoy doing this and I appreciate the efforts of UK Film Review to review not only the current mainstream films and blockbusters, but also focuses on indie films and short films that don’t get as much recognition as the bigger ones.

Here are some of the films I enjoyed watching and reviewing the most.

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Written and directed by Lee Whittaker, Catching Firelies follows a young girl Isabella (Gianna Gomez) living on the streets with her mother, who escapes the hardships and cruelty that faces her through her vivid imagination. Stunning cinematography and production design, with a heartbreaking performance from Gomez makes this short stand out. Read my review here

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Directed by Kira Richards Hansen, this Danish short stood out as it dealt with tomboy Alex ((Rosalina Krøyer) as she struggles with growing up into a woman and the difficulties of sexuality. Gorgeously shot at night, Damn Girl and the follow up Wayward are films that strike a chord. Read my review here

Cropped

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From director Chris Thomas comes a sci-fi short comedy that is so simple in its story and overall punchline, you can’t help enjoying it. Snappy, quick witted dialogue with some cheeky use of stereotyping a whole genre, Cropped is a short watch, but definitely a fun one. Read my review of the film here

Chuck Steel: Raging Balls of Steel

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Stop-motion animation has to be a labour of love, and Chuck Steel shows how that can pay off. This short from director Mike Mort is a ballsy animation short about the best cop on the force taking down convicts to save a hostage. Packed with laugh out loud moments and violent gory deaths, it is a sight to behold and even more fun to watch. Read my review here

A Coat Made Dark

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Animation short  A Coat Made Dark from director Jack O’Shea follows a unique story about an anthropomorphic dog and a coat that holds many secrets. Animated in a film noir style, with monochrome colours and tilted angles A Coat Made Dark is a lovely alternative style animation, and the short featured at last years Cork Film Festival. Read my review here

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About Monica Jowett

I am a graduate of the University of South Wales, where I studied Film Studies. I write reviews and articles for my own blog and other sites, and spend a lot of my time living and breathing all things film related. I love films and TV. I avoid horror as I am a little too jumpy, but do have an unashamed love for soppy chick-flicks.
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