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13 September 2021

Don't look up.

by Andrew MacGregor


Short Films: “Clouds” - 4 mins 54s

A character with a cloud over their head might evoke memories of Charlie Brown, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, or even Charlie Cloudhead. This tender short film introduces a young boy (Ethan Higley) with the same affliction, and silver linings are few and far between.

He makes his own packed lunch, feeds the dog, and wanders through the school day on autopilot. A couple of wordless interactions with a classmate hint at a sunnier disposition, but the cloud remains.

Home time offers little respite, as the reason for his sadness manifests in a black haze. We won’t spoil the reveal, but it underlines the pain that hundreds, if not thousands of children must carry along with their school bags.


Director: David Yorke
Cinematographer: Phil Beastall
Art Department: Laura Moss
Editor: Trace Taylor
Colourist: Gemma Parr @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Alex Ellerington

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