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14 January 2019

Strange Awakenings.

by Jason Stone

Short Films: “Garfield” - 12 mins 53s

In this sweetly funny, thought-provoking film by Georgi Banks-Davies, a young woman (Mandeep Dhillon) wakes to find herself in a strange apartment in the company of a young man (Matthew Trevannion) she doesn't entirely recognise.

On second viewing, you notice there's a little bit of exposition in the audio snippets from the night before during the opening sequence, but these don't answer all the questions in the viewer's head... or, indeed, in its female protagonist's. She's trying to piece together the events that brought her to his apartment while maintaining a casual air and trying to ignore the harassment-level efforts of her brother to discover where she is and what she's been up to.

The dialogue riffs on the modern nature of identity, as they learn a little about each other and she tries to work out the extent to which they became acquainted the night before. She introduces him to the term 'coconut' - a painful accusation of cultural disloyalty, and he describes his plight as a 'ginger' - "the last remaining acceptable prejudice". There's a dance going on between them as they try to find a firm footing with one another. His is founded in the hope that she will value his kindness, hers a bid to discover the limit of her existing embarrassment and to avoid worsening it.

Georgi Banks-Davies has drawn super performances from her two actors with Mandeep Dhillon displaying the subtle anxieties of a young woman struggling to live her life without provoking the profound disappointment of her family.

Like all the best short films, it offers a glimpse rather than a rounded examination and it does so with sufficient intrigue to leave you wishing it was part of something bigger and that you would get to find out what happens next.

Director: Georgi Banks-Davies ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ (Skunk Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Executive Producer: Luke Jacobs
Cinematographer: Todd Banhazl
Editor: Julia Knight ♀
Colourist: Simone Grattarola @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Design: Grand Central Ⓟ Ⓦ
Composer: Alies Sluiter
Casting: Claire Curry
Actor: Mandeep Dhillon / Matthew Trevannion
Written By: Myra Appannah

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