7.1/10
438
3 user 6 critic

The Last Time I Saw Richard (2014)

In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a... See full summary »

Director:

Nicholas Verso

Writers:

Nicholas Verso, Paul Welsh (story editor)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Sam's sick of living his life paycheck to paycheck, pint to pint but Milk wouldn't have it any other way and tonight's the night it all comes to a head. In this West Australian screen award... See full summary »

Director: Luke Kimble Williams
Stars: Aston Dexter, Cody Fern, David Ryan Kinsman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A series of eight short films dealing with the varied experiences of gay men and boys.

Directors: Rodrigo Barriuso, Shaz Bennett, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Zaman Ahmadi, Akram Akbari, Matthew Ashford
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On Halloween 1997, two estranged teen skaters embark on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears.

Director: Nicholas Verso
Stars: Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A hot young hustler finds himself in uncharted waters when he spends the night with a client who's far from the "johns" he's used to servicing.

Director: Dominic Haxton
Stars: Neil Elliot, Caleb James, Christian Patrick
Pisces I (2017)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Two childhood friends, each held captive in time by a tragic moment, travel through the world of memory to find their respective path to freedom.

Director: Cody Fern
Stars: Cody Fern, Keir Gilchrist
Oranges I (2004)
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two boys are talking after a bicycle accident. The older is bragging about his experience with girls, but is that just a boast?

Director: Kristian Pithie
Stars: Thomas Blackburne, Brad Flynn, Kristen Hagen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.

Directors: Brendan Malloy, Emmett Malloy
Stars: Maika Monroe, Cody Fern, Jennifer Garner
Prora (2012)
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Prora, on the Baltic Sea. Mysterious, endless. In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that puts their friendship at risk.

Director: Stephane Riethauser
Stars: Swen Gippa, Tom Gramenz
Boygame (2013)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

John and Nicholas are 15 years old and best friends. They are both very interested in girls but feel insecure when it comes to a first sexual encounter with a woman. That's why they decide ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Nolskog
Stars: Charlie Gustafsson, Joakim Lang, Sophie Adolfsson
Short | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

CJ ventures out for a late night hook up when things take a dark turn, leading him into something much more sinister than he could ever imagine.

Director: Dominic Haxton
Stars: Jake Robbins, George Alvarez, Roy Allen III
Amor crudo (2008)
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A portrait of the last days of high school. Two friends spend all day long together, but this will inevitably come to an end. A beautiful sincere story of mixed emotions and secrets that dare not speak loud.

Directors: Juan Chappa, Martín Deus
Stars: Valentino Arocena, Juan Felipe Villanueva, Katja Alemann
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Zack is a young man who drifts through life, filming acts of depravity - the only activity that seems to stimulate him.

Director: Kenta McGrath
Stars: Cody Fern, Rory Mitchell, Mark Seman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Toby Wallace ... Jonah
Cody Fern ... Richard
Brian Lipson Brian Lipson ... Doctor
Melissa Godbold Melissa Godbold ... Skinny Girl
Marta Kaczmarek ... Nurse
William Haines William Haines ... The Darklings
Jack Harvey Jack Harvey ... The Darklings
Liam Willaton Liam Willaton ... The Darklings
Edit

Storyline

In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide in the night shadows? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Последний раз, когда я видел Ричарда See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Toby Wallace (Jonah) stars in another film (feature length) written and directed by Nicholas Verso, Boys in the Trees. In that film he plays a teenager named Corey, who used to be best friends with a character named Jonah,they spend Halloween night together reliving their childhood together. That film also contains darklings and other fantasy elements. Originally the Jonah which Wallace played in this short film, and the Jonah from Boys in the Trees were meant to be the same character. Since Toby Wallace had grown significantly he was cast as the best friend Corey anf Jonah was recast. Nicholas Verso has said that while he no longer considers them(The two Jonahs) the same character they are meant to be seen as parallel to each other. For instance, both Jonahs wear a red hoodie and both self harm. See more »

Connections

Edited into Boys on Film 11: We Are Animals (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Interesting but almost too much going on for even a longer short film
1 April 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short film runs to 22 minutes, which doesn't sound like much, but is quite an ask when I'd say the majority of short films would tend to be around the 8-10 minute mark. With longer short films, you can find that the runtime is excessive and maybe the same could have been done in less time however with this film it actually cuts the other way because 20 something minutes really isn't enough for how much is in here. The story is set in a mental health clinic for troubled teens, and here is where we find self-harmer Jonah, who greatly enjoys his role as aggressive loner of the clinic. When he is forced to share a room with new boy Richard, he is resistant, however a shared understanding of each other's struggles brings about the seeds of a sort of friendship.

The nature of this relationships brings in a sense of vulnerability to Richard, a question over the sexuality of the two boys, and a series of reasonably disturbing scenes where the boys' emotional demons are given a very literal on-screen translation. The style of delivery is quite clipped and defensive, which makes it a little hard to watch at first, but grew on me as an approach because it felt realistic to the characters and material. These barriers never totally fall, but small things give insight and give some thoughts about the relationship which go beyond the stuff we expressly see. All of it I found quite engaging, but there is an ironic problem here – which is that it almost tries to do too much.

I am not sure if this is a pitch at a feature, but there are almost too many ideas and as a result everything feels like it could (should?) have gone further, or had more detail put into it. This applies to the individuals, their situations, the clinic, the demons, the nature of the boys' relationship (or at least Jonah's side of it), and several other aspects which are present but could have been more. Hopefully this does mean that the plan is to make this a feature, because it offers horror elements but with the chance for some well observed character aspects too. In that regard, the cast probably would not carry over to a feature – they are good enough for the material, but don't really deliver; perhaps this is a knock-on effect of the film trying to give them so much to do, but while I did like Wallace in the main role, I didn't think Fern had as much chance to make an impression.

The Last Time I saw Richard is an interesting film that, while longer than average, probably suffers from having too many good ideas, meaning that almost all aspects has room to have done more or to have greater detail to get into. I tend to like my short films just to remain short films, but this is one of the cases where I would love to see what more time and resources could do with such an interesting short as its base.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed