4 items from 2013
Why Watch? From the lush shots in the opening minutes of David Roddham‘s film, it would be easy to assume Coward was an attempt to look on the bright side of war. It’s not. Neither is it the Saving Private Ryan kind of bleakness. Instead, it’s a patient film that follows two cousins on the front lines as they deal with the stark reality of shell-shock and a military structure (and storm of bullets) that has little sympathy for it. Anchored by staunch acting performances, rich cinematography and explosive moments that deeply engage, it’s as difficult to watch as it is rewarding. What will it cost? Only 28 minutes. Skip Work. Watch More Short Films. »
- Scott Beggs
Full disclosure: Generally speaking, I don’t spend a lot of time watching short films. The ones I do catch are usually recommended to me by someone familiar with the project. It’s not that I have anything against shorter movies, mind you, but there’s so many out there that it’s often hard to know where to look. Sifting through the bad to find the good seems like an impossible task. Enter director David Roddham’s “Coward,” which arrived on my cinematic radar courtesy of an unexpected tweet over the weekend. The 28-minute 35mm flick is truly remarkable, from its engaging story to cinematographer Stephen Murphy’s ability to frame some seriously compelling shots. I’m not sure what kind of budget the filmmakers had at their disposable, but I’m guessing it wasn’t much. However, you’d never know this watching the film. Here’s »
- Todd Rigney
Here's a must watch, incredibly well made and intense short called Coward which is set during World War I, and it takes us into the insanity of trench warfare. The movie was directed by David Roddham, and the production design, acting and cinematography are all impressively top-notch! Here's the synopsis:
Coward is a 28 minute film set during World War 1 that brings to light some of the brutal treatment soldiers received for suffering what would now be known as shell-shock.
It follows two cousins, Andrew and James, from their home in Northern Ireland who join the British Army to fight for their Country and make their families proud.
Through their eyes we see the reality of life on the front lines.
I don't see how in the world people could fight a war like this. It's just insane, and there's no way anyone could live through something like this and not »
- Joey Paur
Proving that big, impressive things can come in "smaller" packages, David Roddham's short film Coward is a lovingly detailed throwback to the sentimental epics of yesteryear and a sobering snapshot of "the last great war". And you can watch it online, right now.I first got wind of Roddham's short as they were wrapping up production a year back, and was able to share my two cents on the finished film just a few months ago. Here's a snippet of those thoughts: There's certainly a Spielbergian deftness to Roddham's direction. The film has sentiment and heart to spare, but is never saccharine, and understands and honors its increasingly dark and tragic subject matter. All in all Coward is a solid throwback to classic studio storytelling on...
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4 items from 2013
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