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11 June 2019

Not If But When

by Syd Briscoe


Short Films: “When I'm Killed” - 52s

War poetry is given a modern twist in this intriguing piece of work from director Calum MacDiarmid. Stripped back and evocatively lit, the film sees actor Elliot Edusah deliver 'When I'm Killed' by Robert Graves while walking purposefully through an urban wasteland, a background which gives the poem's mournful tone new layers of meaning.

The certainty of facing death and violence translates with perhaps unsurprising ease from the battlefield to the street, while Edusah's assured delivery and confrontational gaze down the camera lens put the viewer and their passivity in the firing line. Over one hundred years since Graves's poem was written, this film proves it has lost none of its power.


Director: Calum MacDiarmid Ⓟ Ⓦ (Great Guns Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Director's Agent: ENID London Ⓟ Ⓦ
Cinematographer: Max Witting
1st AC / Focus Puller: Richard Savage
Editor: James Demetriou
Sound Designer: Dugal Macdiarmid @ Wave Ⓟ Ⓦ
Actor: Elliot Edusah

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