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23 March 2021

Family fissures.

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Remember” - 7 mins 39s

This palpably tense short film from up-and-coming director Ethan Graham pries at the cracks of a fractured family relationship. The setting is simple - an empty car park, a silent vehicle - but the interpersonal dynamics at play are anything but.

Combining the struggles of immigrant life and the weight of familial expectation, the film sees parents Therese and Brendan meet with their estranged son, Jude. Excellent performances from both make the piece's emotional tone especially heart-rending, as the father struggles with anger and the mother begs her child to come home.

Many questions are left unanswered, but that's part of what makes the short so powerful - it doesn't matter why the family is broken, in the end, only that they are. It's nuanced work from Graham and co., and shows how much can be done with a very stripped-back premise.

Director: Ethan Graham Ⓦ (Partizan Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Mayling Wong
1st AD: Mark Gillespie
Cinematographer: David Bird
Sound Recordist: Andrei-Tudor Grigore
Colourist: Richard Fearon
Sound Designer: Ellis McGourlay @ 750MPH Ⓟ Ⓦ
Composer: Seymour Milton
Casting: Claire Catterson

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