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29 October 2018

And one more for the road.

by Jason Stone

Short Films: “Girls Who Drink” - 8 mins 26s

Director Lily Rose Thomas has created a fascinating meditation on the complicated relationship many people have with alcohol in this short film focusing on three young women. None of them is shown to necessarily have a problem with drink, and there is no explicit disapproval from the filmmaker but there is an abiding unease generated from its highly relatable scenes.

The moments of introspection are particularly striking as each - to some extent - faces the regret which comes from knowing you have overstepped the mark. Although it's not something we routinely discuss, the manner in which our society has normalised the misuse of alcohol is a source of huge anxiety. All the more so because we don't really permit anyone to exist in the space between being entirely comfortable with excessive drinking, and coming to terms with alcoholism.

This is a film which sits squarely in that space, and it will confront some viewers with recognisable aspects of their own relationship with alcohol. Aspects that don't necessarily put them into the category of people who have become a danger to themselves or others, but who need nonetheless to ask themselves if they're truly happy with what alcohol so often puts them through.

The beauty of the film lies in its subtlety. It doesn't preach or even disapprove... it merely observes. And it's all the more powerful for this restraint.

Director: Lily Rose Thomas ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ (My Accomplice Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Exec Director: Jamie Clark
Producer: Sarah Gardner
Cinematographer: Harry Wheeler
Production Designer: Alicia Howitt
Editor: Louise Robinson / Jamie O'Donnell
Actor: Lauren Lyle / Kate Handford / Sarah Vevers

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