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20 February 2019

Mum's the word.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Mute” - 15 mins

This taut short film sees a mute teenager (Michael Junior Onafowokan) drawn into an uneasy alliance with a local tearaway (Louis Payne) with devastating consequences. Shot in a vignette style by director Jamie Rafn, it balances engaging character work with moments of sorrow and harrowing violence.

At the heart of it all is Onafowokan's lead performance, which relies on facial expressions and body language to convey Daniel's inner turmoil. Only when he's pushed into a dire situation does the audience's sympathy waver.

The final shot is particularly troubling, as it offers an uncomfortable glimpse into a hitherto enigmatic character's mindset. That writer-director Rafn leaves us wanting to explore Daniel's story further is testament to the film's brooding power.

Film Production: Smuggler Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Jamie Rafn Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Ray Leakey
1st AD: Casey Levie
Cinematographer: Federico Alfonzo
Production Designer: Ashling Johnson
Costume Design: Bex Crofton-Atkins
Make-Up: Bethany Swan
Editor: Mark Edinoff Ⓦ @ Work Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: James Bamford
Sound Designer: Jack Patterson
Audio Mix: Jules Davies
Composer: Soren Bonke
Casting: Anna Kennedy

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