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Canbury is a trilogy of stories concerning the lives of six twentysomethings, set in Canbury Gardens, Kingston-upon-Thames: Part I: Two females sit on a bench. One of them mentions that she... See full summary »


Alex Barrett


Alex Barrett (script), Charlotte Coy (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Charlotte Coy Charlotte Coy ... Ella
Sari Easton Sari Easton ... Katherine
Rachel Bright Rachel Bright ... Rachael
Lachlan McCall Lachlan McCall ... Alan
James Groom ... Steveo
James Wordsworth James Wordsworth ... Panzo (as James Wallace)


Canbury is a trilogy of stories concerning the lives of six twentysomethings, set in Canbury Gardens, Kingston-upon-Thames: Part I: Two females sit on a bench. One of them mentions that she recently ran into a pregnant friend of theirs. Their conversation soon turns from their friend to reflections about their own current situations in life: one bemoans the lack of her relationship experience, worrying about the fact she hasn't settled down, while the other firmly believes that they are too young to be worrying about such things. She expresses her belief that they should simply be enjoying and experiencing their lives, but her friend remains unconvinced: to her, relationships are life. Part II: A male takes a seat on a bench, hoping to find a quiet moment during which to eat his lunch. However, before he can start, an attractive female comes and takes a seat next to him. It is clear from their body language that the two characters are attracted to one another, yet neither is bold ... Written by TKS

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Short | Drama







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9 July 2008 (Croatia) See more »


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£275 (estimated)
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Tiga Kali Studio See more »
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1.78 : 1
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The script for the film primarily consisted of a letter of intent, followed by prose paragraphs describing the actions of the first two parts. These two parts were then worked into a collaboration between the director and the actors. Only the third part of the film was conventionally scripted. See more »

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Huge References For A Lush Short Film...
22 November 2008 | by wobelixSee all my reviews

When CANBURY starts, one feels the atmosphere and vulnerable serenity of the opening shot of 'The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis'. But the grand director of photography Ennio Guarnieri was not at the helm of this English short film, and the panorama is not Italian.

For a brief moment another Italian maestro comes to mind, but no, CANBURY isn't 'Blowup' either.

Writer/Director Alex Barrett is a master of mood, and uses his keen eye for photography to his, and our, advantage within the boundaries of Canbury Gardens, a park in which three different couples tell us much more from what remains unspoken, than from what they do utter. Reflective and non-obtrusive, the portraits of six young adults are to the point, and of a shining integrity. Beautifully shot by three different cinematographers (one for each part of this trilogy), which lends the 12 minutes extra tension, CANBURY gets better and better after each viewing.

Please try and find (at Film Festivals and websites) more work of this young English filmmaker, who's 'Hungerford: Symphony Of A London Bridge' and 'Andrew' are also fantastic. Alex Barrett, a name to remember well !

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