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

TL;DR – An interesting look at what it means to be alive, but feels more like an opening act than a complete film.   

Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars

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


The next in our look at the 2019 AACTA Awards Short Film Competition delves into the notions of what it is to be alive. It explores a world where androids have become the new working class and the ever reaching effects that would have.

One area where this film excels is in its production, with some beautifully framed shots. There is this use of light and colour to bring us into this world of Andromeda (Kestrel Leah) all situated around story time with a young Ella (Mai Brunelle) who has not quite worked out what Andromeda is.

Andromeda. Image Credit: Emily Limyun Dean.
There are some beautifully framed moments throughout Andromeda. Image Credit: Emily Limyun Dean.

From a story perspective, I really liked that it explored the interlacing ramifications that an automated world would have on people, which is important because that is a future that we are rapidly heading for. It also explores the notion of what it is to be alive and how that interacts with artificial life. While these were all interesting concepts, it did feel at times like we were getting the cliff notes version of what could have been a more fleshed out story.

Andromeda is well acted, it is exploring interesting concepts, and I really liked that the filmmakers went for a Sci-fi setting which took that bit more to be able to pull off. It didn’t quite all work, but it showed real potential, and it is a story I would like to see more of.  

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 Andromeda
Directed by
– Emily Limyun Dean
Written by – Emily Limyun Dean
Music by – Stephan Willing
Cinematography by – Logan Triplett
Edited by – Chris Willett
Production/Distribution Companies – Grade 8 Productions & LA Grip Productions
– Kestrel Leah, Mai Brunelle, Emily Limyun Dean, Annie Tezuka, Aaron Glenane & Nathan Lee  
Rating – Australia: R

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