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6 January 2021

Taxi for Mark.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Love Pool” - 16 mins 52s

First released on Valentine's Day 2018, Asim Chaudhry’s directorial debut 'Love Pool' features a cameo from the late Bob Ross at his most avuncular. "Gotta have a little sadness once in a while so you know when the good times come", Ross says, and protagonist Mark (Mark Quarterly) could do with some of those.

Encouraged by friend Rose (Jaime Winstone) but mocked by their laddish acquaintances, Mark escapes a night out via rideshare app Taxipool. His driver (played by an enjoyably morose Chaudhry) is a pain, but his fellow rider is a different story.

What follows is an engaging, drunken courtship between Mark and Maddy (Anna Shaffer), scored by Jai Paul’s 'Jasmine'. Alas, even in the smartphone age, the course of true love never did run smooth.

While Chaudhry’s film takes longer than necessary to reach its destination, it’s still a well played and well shot calling card for the People Just Do Nothing alumnus. Bob Ross would be proud.

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