Movie Review – Ambulance (2019 AACTA Awards Short Film Competition)

TL;DR – A beautiful and haunting animation of the impact of a single day.    

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene


Today we start our exploration of the 2019 AACTA Awards Short Film Competition by exploring Lylah D’Souza’s work Ambulance that is inspired by a true story that brings real weight to the narrative once you see it play out.

Ambulance is an animated short film that charts the story of one day in the Narrator’s (Lylah D’Souza) life. It is the perfect encapsulation of life because it is the juxtaposition of the serious and the ephemeral. It highlights the weird things that you remember on days of stress, something I can deeply connect with.

Ambulance. Image Credit: Lylah D'Souza.
Every moment of this animation draws you in. Image Credit: Lylah D’Souza.

This is a film that employs a very interesting animation style, it is a stylised 3D animation but animated almost entirely in black and white. Because we spend most of the time focusing in on one character this art style really helps focus the film. There is a little colour at the end and while this is not the first film to use the splash of colour in a black and white film for emphasis, it is really effective here.

Ambulance is a powerful and effective short film that shows that you can have a complete narrative with all its complexity in only three minutes. It hit each emotional moment and made you feel the story as it unfolded. A must watch.

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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Credits –
All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Ambulance
Directed by
– Lylah D’Souza
Written by – Lylah D’Souza
Music by – Aaron D’Souza
Cinematography by – Lylah D’Souza         
Edited by – Celine Low
Starring – Lylah D’Souza
Rating – Australia: around a PG

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