Indie-Lincs 2016: I Could Eat a Horse; Scrabble; The Barber’s Cut

I Could Eat a Horse | Jake Hovell, 2015

  • Reviewed by Luke Compton

I Could Eat A Horse is a terrific stop motion short about the inability of a student to acquire food; an impressive film that’s tremendously well written. Most notably, this short contains a vast array of dynamic shots which makes the film sharp and entertaining. A highlight of the festival, it has a brilliant script with smart writing; rhyming narration and miniature props which help bring the short’s world to life. This world is constructed with a clear and unique vision.

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Scrabble | Cristian Sulser, 2014

  • Reviewed by Ben Reynolds

What is intrinsically entertaining about the short film Scrabble is how it encapsulates its audience so intently. As an older couple begin to play the competitive board game with one another, the audience follows each and every move with utter and unadulterated attention. It is a work of real talent from filmmaker Cristian Sulser that such simple action can entertain its audience in such a surprisingly dark way, as well as to such a high standard. There is a frightfully twisted sense of irony that makes Scrabble actually quite comic in its effect, telling its audience much about the potential trials and tribulations of a long partnership. The film also feels incredibly close to its characters; wonderfully acted and shot close to its subjects, you are often drawn to the features of the two characters’ faces. In a way, it almost emphasises the intensity of the game before them. Scrabble is quite simply a marvellous short film, and one that you won’t be able to stop thinking about for a long time after viewing it.

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The Barber’s Cut | Mark Brocking, 2015

  • Reviewed by Luke Compton

The Barber’s Cut is a very unique and enjoyable comedy horror about a pair of severed heads trying to escape from the lair of the demented barber who beheaded them. It’s a fun body horror which serves as a pastiche to the cult film Re-Animator; a genre hybrid that fully understands genre conventions and how to subvert them. The acting is great as it effectively channels the spoof tone of the piece. This adds to the humour working well, combined with the moment which strongly resembles the hilarious scream scene in Blow Out. The visual effects and trickery helps the film transcend its budgetary limitations and become very respectable; the quality of which is impressive. The Barber’s Cut is an enjoyable and unique body horror comedy which will surprise you with its originality.

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All three shorts will be screened TONIGHT — Friday 11 March — at 7pm. This screening will conclude with a showing of AAAAAAAAH!, followed by Q&A with director Steve Oram.

For more information on Indie-Lincs 2016, including information on scheduled screenings, special events, film descriptions, awards, and tickets; check out our Indie-Lincs article or visit the Indie-Lincs website.

 

 

 

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