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29 October 2019

Nice jacket.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “The Gift” - 4 mins

Dumas Haddad's unnerving short film - released to mark Black History Month - takes cues from early Noughties grime and psychological horror as a young boy is drawn to a mysterious figure holding an Avirex jacket - a symbol of the genre's age of excess.

Set in a misty moor-cum-tower block car park, the piece lulls viewers into a left-field history lesson. Here, grime's early purity is represented by a cow that is soon transformed into something garish and materialistic. The analogy may be obvious, but it's effective.

Furthermore, Haddad and DP Olan Collardy's eerie imagery makes this solid Halloween viewing. Fingers crossed no masked bloke wearing a helmet-stroke-chandelier rings the doorbell on October 31st.

Director: Dumas Haddad
Director's Agent: Partizan Ⓟ Ⓦ (Darkroom)
Executive Producer: Nadya Persaud / Tony Longe
Cinematographer: Olan Collardy Ⓦ (Vision Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Colourist: Jonny Thorpe @ Glassworks Ⓟ Ⓦ

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