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15 April 2019

Don't Stop Believing

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Quest For Fire” - 6 mins 19s

Closet metalheads around the world will feel solidarity with this entertaining tale about an unusual support group. Written and directed by Patrik Bergh, it plays with the idea that overt passion for a certain style of music is only for the young - something to be shed by the time children and responsibilities come around.

Indeed, while this rag-tag group of hard rock aficionados may be seeking AA-style help to deal with their apparently cringeworthy taste in tunes, none of them seem quite ready to quit. A rousing (and surprisingly touching) singalong makes one thing clear though: they're not going to stop rocking any time soon.

Lovely performances anchor the film, as complaints about relapses such as involuntarily air-shredding at a school disco or rediscovering a love for spandex dissolve into a heartfelt desire to stay metal... no matter the cost. Likely to make a good portion of the audience throw the horns.

Director: Patrik Bergh Ⓟ Ⓦ (76Ltd Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Russell Curtis
Executive Producer: Mark Murrell / Yann Secouet
1st AD: Jacqueline Moore ♀
Cinematographer: Callan Green Ⓦ (WPA Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Sound Recordist: Paddy Owen
Editor: Joce Hockings Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Matt Turner @ Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ

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