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11 January 2019

Black and white Christmas.

by Syd Briscoe

Refuge: “Mistletoe” - 60s

This clever ad for domestic violence charity Refuge offers a visceral demonstration of how a relationship can turn upside down. A woman relates her excitement about spending Christmas with her partner to the camera, only for the tone to shift dramatically when the script is reversed.

Bolstered by smart writing and a lovely, nuanced central performance, this makes for affecting viewing. Director Steve Reeves has struck just the right emotional tone, letting us invest in the protagonist's joy - which makes it all the more impactful when it turns to fear.

Film Production: Another Film Company Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Steve Reeves Ⓟ Ⓦ
Editor: Scot Crane Ⓦ @ The Quarry Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Tor Adams

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