– By Kriss Pickering
Films these days just seem to get longer and longer. The last film I saw at the cinema, Suicide Squad, was 123 minutes of pure disappointment and Margot Robbie’s arse. So it comes as no surprise to me that many film buffs I know are starting to take more of an interest in “shorts”. To be honest, I too am choosing to watch more and more!
So it was a pleasant surprise when one of the films I was asked to review was a new short film from writer/director Aleksandra Svetlichnaya called “Dinner”. In Dinner, we follow a beautiful young woman called Dylan (played by Svetlichnaya) as she wonders down a dark street on her way to a dinner date. Trouble is, she is harassed and accosted by a couple of nutters who are out scouting for their next victim. That’s as far as I’m going in regards the plot, as it get a little batshit crazy from here.
Dinner doesn’t fit into any one sub genre. It’s a kind of horror/action film, inter-spread with some dark, dark comedy. It doesn’t take itself seriously, and if you don’t too, then you will enjoy it even more.
Aleksandra Svetlichnaya pulls triple duty in the film. As well as writing and directing, she also appears in front of the camera to play our star, Dylan. She does a great job, and her beauty really lights up what is essentially a dark film.
With this being a short (running time 12 minutes), it needs to be technically sound. Barring for the odd shot that is held for a fraction too long, the direction is excellent. Svetlichnaya has really earn’t her stripes here. The cinematography is okay, save for a few scenes that are slightly too dark, and the sound quality is what you would expect.
To sum it up, this is a good little watch. It achieves the one thing all shorts should aim for, that it leaves you thirsty for more. If I was you, I’d keep an eye on the career of Aleksandra Svetlichnaya, as if Dinner is anything to go by, she has a bright future in front of her!
– By Kriss Pickering
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The Triple Six Horror Film Festival 2017 announces its full line-up for May 27th and 28th at AMC Manchester.
Triple Six is a new international film festival that aims to celebrate everything that is great in new independent horror filmmaking. Showing 9 features and 12 shorts over two days at the AMC cinema complex in Manchester, Triple Six has films from around the world while also having a British backbone throughout.
Full Weekend tickets are on sale from TODAY (April 3rd) and are strictly limited. On sale for just four weeks they allow the holder to see all 9 films, 12 shorts and the live Q&A and are priced at just £30 each and are available HERE.Read on...