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9 August 2020

Rising Tolls

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Distant Future” - 5 mins 34s

There have been many reflections on lockdown since restrictions began to ease, but this offering from director Charlie Watts has more bite than most. The poignant film presents people's candid thoughts about how the past few months have been for them, and doesn't fall back on pulling together or summoning a 'Blitz spirit'. Things have been shit, and it's alright to acknowledge that.

Which isn't to say that the film is without hope. From a father who's been able to watch his young child grow up to people finding some inner peace in confinement, there are glimmers of light among the gloom. But missed funerals, lost jobs, and bouts of mental ill-health can't be forgotten via positive thinking, and this gives viewers permission to grieve the year that wasn't.

Director: Charlie Watts Ⓟ Ⓦ (Rogue Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Luke Filz
Production Ass'nt: Dom Child
Cinematographer: Matt Jones
Sound Recordist: Mike Mullen
Editor: Polly Ward
Colourist: Paul Willis

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