Short Films: “Edmund the Magnificent” - 14 mins
Narrated by Ian McKellan, this short film tells the surprisingly touching story of a man and his pig – with some unexpected twists and turns. Depressed by his failing business, a farmer (David Bradley) buys a male pig to raise for breeding purposes... only to discover the boar's tastes run differently than expected.
There's plenty to chew on here, with allegory deftly nestled amongst the laughs. When the pig's lack of interest in sows sparks some long-buried feelings in the farmer he takes drastic measures – which are thwarted when Edmund the Magnificent lives up to his name.
Such moments are well handled by Bradley and his porcine co-star, while director/writer Ockrent's lyrical script and McKellan's canny delivery ensure a distinctly modern fable. As for the final reveal, prepare for a violent dose of the warm 'n' fuzzies.
||Ben Ockrent Ⓟ Ⓦ (Generator Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)