Abandoned by her ex, single mother 'Sammy' is struggling to raise their son Daniel alone. But eight-year-old Daniel is dealing with problems of his own; the older kids bully him at school ... See full summary »

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Ellen Steele ...
Sammy
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James Bonifazio ...
James
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Keith
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Jacqui Bloffwitch ...
Second Mother
Taylor Kopp ...
Third Bully
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Sean
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Second Bully
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Abandoned by her ex, single mother 'Sammy' is struggling to raise their son Daniel alone. But eight-year-old Daniel is dealing with problems of his own; the older kids bully him at school and he cannot help feeling abandoned by his father. Then Sammy bumps into James who invites her out on a date. Sammy reluctantly declines, worried about leaving Daniel home alone. But Daniel wants his mother to be happy and she accepts James in. But her one night with James has consequences; it will change her life forever. Written by Anonymous

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What happens when the one thing that defines you is taken away?

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Short | Drama | Mystery

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22 June 2008 (Australia)  »

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1.78 : 1 / (anamorphic)
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Short Film Packs A Punch
22 February 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Ellames is a young director to watch. His previous short "The Swimming Lesson" was an polished and accomplished piece, leagues above the clichéd student films of his contemporaries.

"Daniel" may be a short film, but it packs a punch. It has an impressionistic, almost hypnotic feel to it, not dissimilar to Sofia Coppola's 'slow burn' film "The Virgin Suicides". Ellames creates an unsettling reality with the the help of his talented cast. The young Tom Russell (Daniel) is sure to become a regular on the screen.

I particularly enjoyed the use of Milo in a pivotal scene.

If you are a lover of short film, this is the film for you.


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