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21 September 2021

The gloves are off.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Imposter” - 6 mins 28s

Jared Knecht and Salomon Ligthelm co-direct this sharp two-hander about a boxer (Cranston Johnson) forced to attend a therapist (Geraldine Hughes) after a violent outburst. As the latter warns the former, "A mea culpa and a couple of photo ops with some sick kids in a children’s hospital is not going to get you back in the ring".

Sat opposite each other in a grand office, the two spar over eidetic memory, low blows, and the dehumanising nature of boxing. He talks a good game, but only a handful of his jabs land the way he wants them to...nor is he prepared for her knockout punch.

Performance-wise, Johnson and Hughes are well-matched, with his pained American contrasted with her watchful poise and Northern Irish lilt. One for those drawn to the cerebral side of combat sports.

Director: Salomon Ligthelm Ⓟ Ⓦ (PrettyBird Ⓟ Ⓦ) / Jared Knecht
Cinematographer: Khalid Mohtaseb
Production Designer: Joseph Sciacca
VFX: Framestore Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Kath Raisch @ Company 3 Ⓦ

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