TL;DR – A poignant look at what rock bottom feels like
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Today we continue our dive into the 2019 AACTA Awards Short Film Competition by exploring a short film from one of Australia’s up and coming actors Hunter Page-Lochard. Here we look at what life is like when you hit rock bottom and that moment where you realise that you need to climb up.
Djali looks at the life of Johnny (Hunter Page-Lochard) who is an inspiring dancer and really good at it until he received an injury to his leg. However, this is just the first in many setbacks as we see him hiding in a dark room reminiscing about the past. Only for his brother Harry (Rhimi Johnson Page) to come and try and shake him out of his funk.
yourself at rock bottom is something that I can completely sympathise with
after the last couple of years, so this was a hard film to watch at times as I
watched myself in Hunter’s performance. That pain and loss feels raw, it feels
real, which makes the film that much more powerful. This is down to the writing
and acting, but also good use of locations and music. If there was one thing
that didn’t quite work as well as the rest, it was the editing, which felt like
it just needed to be tightened up a bit more.
This is one of those films that shows the power of a short film, it has one idea that you can focus on and pours all of its love and attention into it. You feel that pain and loss, but also the hope from his family. With great character work and direction, this is one of the must-watch shorts.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Djali
Directed by – Hunter Page-Lochard
Written by – Hunter Page-Lochard
Music by – David Page
Cinematography by – Luke Whitmore
Edited by – Hunter Page-Lochard
Production/Distribution Companies – Djalihouse
Starring – Hunter Page-Lochard, Rhimi Johnson Page & Deborah Mailman
Rating – Australia: around an M