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1 July 2020

The Hidden People

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “No Place Like Home” - 8 mins 37s

There's a charming sense of magical realism in this short film, directed by (and starring) Mark Jenkinson. The piece speculates on a little-addressed aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic: namely, what are wandering spirits supposed to do now everyone's stuck at home?

The action focuses on a couple who are searching unsuccessfully for an empty house to occupy. There are smart, subtle hints at a wider world here - a never-opened notebook, a reference to 'rules' designed to "keep them good", and ambiguous comments about remaining unseen. Unanswered questions like these draw the viewer further into the story.

Lovely, naturalistic performances tie the narrative together, as the pair deal with lockdown stress and the exhaustion of being uniquely stuck together. With moments of levity and an emotional heart, this is a compelling sign of what's to come as filmmakers begin to process the pandemic through fiction.

Film Production: Rogue Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Mark Jenkinson Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Tom Farley
Cinematographer: Mark Patten
Editor: Quin Williams Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Bruce Langfield @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Mike Chapman / Ed Poulson
Colourist: James Bamford @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Design: String and Tins Ⓟ Ⓦ
Written By: Liliana Cardoso / Mark Jenkinson

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