DAVID reviews

12 October 2017

A piece of my mind.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Anxiety” - 4 mins 40s

This vivid short film marks World Mental Health Day with an eloquent insight into troubled minds. These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds. Whatever their differences, they share a common foe: anxiety.

Directors Lily Rose Thomas and Stephen Isaac-Wilson craft an intimate portrayal of the condition. Handheld interviews are interspersed with lucid snapshots of 24/7 triggers.

Thoughtful set design and prop work convey an inability to switch off - thus, telephone wires constrict and lives are bathed in electric blue.

Canny pacing keeps the viewer on edge, too. Just when we're taken to the brink, the film takes a breather. The relief is palpable for all involved. During tough times, everyone can do their bit: lending an ear and an open mind is a good start.

While mental health awareness campaigns make positive strides, this is a potent reminder of what many people endure behind closed doors. Heartfelt and optimistic, the film vocalizes anxiety and its coping mechanisms.

Film Production: My Accomplice Ⓦ
Director: Lily Rose Thomas ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ / Stephen Isaac-Wilson
Director's Agent: Agent Elson Ⓦ
Producer: Aleksandra Bilic / Imogen Harrison
Cinematography: Harry Wheeler
Set Design: Phoebe Darling-Senner
Editor: Nick Pomeroy
Colourist: Tim Smith @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Guy Chase
Music Supervision: Jacob Samuel
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