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19 October 2021

Captive audience.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “One Shot” - 14 mins 08s

Henry Miller (who some may recognise as Santanderís origami bills man) delivers an engrossing performance in this low-key short film. Miller plays Richard, a man who dreams of singing on stage after one too many false starts. His family may be indifferent ("My son used to visit me, but he's gone now. Colchester."), but a sympathetic ear is never too far away.

Pathetic and endearing in equal measure, Richard is a creature of habit ready for a fresh start; it's just that his methods are less Paul Potts and more Arthur Fleck/Joker. Yet thanks to Miller's thoughtful performance and writer-director Robin Mason's command of tone, it's hard to resist Richard's hospitality - not sure about the biscuits though.

Director: Robin Mason Ⓟ Ⓦ
1st AD: Sam Roffey
Cinematographer: David Bird
Production Designer: David Hamilton
Colourist: Toby Tomkins Ⓟ Ⓦ @ Cheat Ⓟ Ⓦ
Casting: Kharmel Cochrane
Location: Orpington, London

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