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"Missive" is the story of a sick old man who is payed a visit by a
mysterious hit man. The hit man's course of duty is interrupted when
the old man stops him in his tracks and delivers a final request. This
in turn kicks the film into overdrive and is reminiscent of a big black
hole that proceeds to swallow up all of the integral characters raising
erstwhile issues of regret and how it inflicts emotional blackmail and
This is a short film that is unlike the majority of short film product being produced. Rather than something situational, "Missive" looks and feels like a feature film in a 15 minute running time. By that I mean, the story and lead character evolves from point A to B and the film has three acts which I have never seen in any other short film. The film establishes a major conflict that it resolves within its fast paced, short running time. Extremely universal for an Australian film.
The story is extremely original, the screenplay is elegantly written conveying an emotional tale which is wrapped in a plot driven narrative in a way which is quite unique. Subtle direction serves the story brilliantly along with superb production value and revealing performances (especially the lead Paul Reichstein in a standout role) all work together to form one of the best short films I have seen in a long time. The power and timing of the score compliments the material which surrounds the viewer in an emotionally hectic way. This disturbing yet vivid tale took out Honourable Mention for Best Screenplay at The Angry Film Festival which may be portending to further deserved successes on the festival circuit. Highly recommended!
"Creative Violence" has tons of humor, name and production value
through the roof, this is a brilliant piece of Australian cinema. Set
in a not-too-distant future Melbourne, the film details the exploits of
two guys Jimmy (Michael King) and Vic (Hamish McLean) who have their
own rebellious reality TV show that has a local celebrity cop Warne
(Brett Swain) who also has his own reality TV show, doing all he can to
ambush the pair out of fear that they are becoming more popular than
A funny script, along with kinetic direction and nice cinematography, "Creative Violence" is an example of the type of film-making that we need more of in Australia.
Reality TV is already getting out of control and Dowie highlights the future chaos with plenty of wit and fluidity. Well done!