DAVID reviews

27 September 2017

Death shall have no Dominion

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Aum Shinrikyo” - 2 mins

This atmospheric short film from director Noah Conopask is inspired by the Tokyo Subway sarin gas attack of 1995 - committed by the Aum Shinrikyo group, after whom the film is named.

Trains clatter while people wearing masks watch unsuspecting commuters from the shadows, echoing the cult group's presence and creating a creeping sense of foreboding. From off-kilter camera angles to the haunting, minimal soundtrack, everything here is meticulously designed to unsettle the viewer.

A translation of Dylan Thomas' 'And Death Shall Have No Dominion' is delivered by an impassive voiceover, while brief glimpses of biological imagery threaten the effects of poison. This is thought-provoking work which leaves a chill long after viewing.

Film Production: The Sweetshop Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Noah Conopask
Cinematography: Garrett Hardy Davis
Editor: James Dierx @ Whitehouse Post (Los Angeles)
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