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21 November 2021

Forgive and Regret

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Frank's Joke” - 6 mins 07s

We've all been tortured by our social missteps at one time or another - that middle of the night, kicking off the covers cringe of 'why did I say that?!' which chases itself around an anxious brain in the small hours. Director Ed Bulmer and writer Andrew Eu capture that feeling perfectly in this entertaining short film, in which a bloke named Frank regrets ever daring to open his mouth at the office.

Tactile animation and hand-drawn flair makes the characters really expressive here, as Frank ruminates on his decisions with increasing distress. Being haunted by a ham sandwich, of all things, has never looked so compelling.

As people return to their offices after months of isolation and working from home, we suspect that the feeling of social anxiety and undue self-flagellation will be familiar to more viewers than usual... though if the final appearance of Frank's roommate is anything to go by, there really is no reason to worry that one's workmates are paying the slightest bit of attention.

Director: Ed Bulmer
Producer: Shereen Ali
Cinematographer: Bertrand Rocourt
Production Designer: Anna Rzezniczek
Editor: Mdhamiri A Nkemi
Colourist: Vlad Barin Ⓟ Ⓦ (Cheat Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Sound Designer: Breen Turner
Written By: Andrew Eu

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