There’s a huge amount of independent film content released online, a lot of which is very good and most of which will go unseen by the vast majority. I’ve been spending some time perusing Vimeo for the best short films I can find. Here are some of my favourites.
Michael is alone. His girlfriend broke up with him six months ago and he hasn’t got over it. So he takes the natural next step and does what anyone else would do: hire an actress to pretend to be his ex.
Wacky, funny, touching, Cockatoo has the lot. The actors do a fantastic job, the man who plays Michael looks genuinely depressed, and somehow manage to keep a sense of sincerity to the bizarre plot. If you’re looking for something a little quirky and offbeat then Cockatoo is for you.
Two men are stranded on island. We don’t know how, we don’t know why. We can assume they’ve been there a while, they look fairly ragged and seem to know each other’s stories like the back of their respective hands. To top things off it’s not even a tropical desert island, it’s dark, damp and cold. The boat is coming, but will it rescue them from their fates?
Stranded is a genuinely funny film. The actors deliver the excellent script perfectly and the dialogue between our two protagonists will likely draw out a chuckle from even the most stony faced of viewers. Combine these elements with an incredibly catchy tune which is sure to stick in your head for days and you’ve got yourself winner.
The boat is coming, the boat is coming, the boat is coming, the boat boat is coming…
As Evie takes a retrospective look at her life, she ponders the different ways in which she has experienced time, and how little she may have left.
Snooze:Time shares some similarities with the wonderful Where Do Lilacs Come From (a short film which I featured in Part Two of this series); as the film progresses we are taken on a journey which stretches from Evie’s, our narrator, early life all the way to her nonagenarian days. Thankfully this film isn’t as harrowing as the latter, managing to tell a poignant story without making the viewer want to crawl into a corner and weep for days.
Set in a futuristic cyber-punk world, Into Dusk tells the story of Wren and Ellie. The former a desperate man strapped for cash, the latter his terminally ill wife who he is striving to save.
Visually the film is excellent, and makes particularly good use of lightning. The score is strong too and helps tell the story successfully despite a lack of dialogue. It is very short, the credits roll just before the four-minute mark. We are shown glimpses of what life is like in their world (a window showing vehicles flying through the night sky, a series of sockets implanted in Ellie’s chest, and a life support system that must be maintained by adding credits via a personal card) but it’s all very minimal. There’s huge room for expansion with this idea, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Ellie and Wren’s story and the universe they inhabit.
Three young friends go on a roadtrip to Seville. They’re daring, adventurous and looking for fun. They’re having the time of their lives, until tragedy strikes.
There’s more than a little flavour of Jack Kerouac’s classic roadtrip story On the Road (as with that book, Sevilla‘s trio consist of a male and female couple plus their male friend) in Sevilla, and that’s no bad thing at all. The film is shot really nicely, and the story is more than intriguing enough to keep the viewer captivated for the ten-minute running time. An excellent short film, and one of my favourites in this series so far.
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