DAVID reviews

8 January 2018

Rainbow Nation

by Syd Briscoe


Short Films: “My Turtle Dove” - 7 mins 08s

This poignant film is the debut work from directors Jay Stephen and Ralph Briscoe... and with this as a start, we can't wait to see where they go next. The film is a love letter to Britain, composed in the wake of Brexit and amidst a growing suspicion towards the things which truly make the island 'Great' - diversity, community, and acceptance.

Ashica Stephen's poetic script accompanies the crisp visuals - encompassing a gay pride event, a night out, and a funfair - which illustrate the beauty of the country in all its diverse glory. Britain as a cultural melting pot is addressed as a forgotten lover, something taken for granted until it was snatched away by 'protest votes' and misinformation.

The pacing is well-considered here, with music keeping things moving while pauses in the narrative allow the viewer to ruminate on what has been said. It all contributes to a beautifully restrained and thoughtful piece of work which makes the case for us to protect the things we value in the face of adversity - an important watch.


Director: Ralph Briscoe / Jay Stephen
Producer: Ralph Briscoe / Jay Stephen
Production Ass'nt: Tara Cantley
Cinematography: Francis Lane
Editor: Ralph Briscoe / Jay Stephen
Post Production: Jo Gutteridge @ Time Based Arts Ⓦ
VFX: Ralph Briscoe
VFX Shoot S'visor: Mike Aveling
Colourist: Myles Bevan
Sound Designer: Adam Kaye
Composer: Tcts
Voiceover: Kyle Rowe
Written By: Ashica Stephen
Thanks To: Time Based Arts Ⓦ

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