|Meeting Mr Samuel|
|by Jason Stone|
This intriguing trail for a new short film by Rob Leggatt offers a flavour of what you can expect to see once the film itself is released from festival purdah, when we'll be able to post it in its entirety. Having taken advantage of a press screening, DAVID is in a position to assure you that it's a divine piece of dark comedy.
The best short films, like the best short stories, have a very narrow scope, and Leggatt's concentration on the conversation between his two protagonists ensures the audience is fully engaged from start to finish. He has coaxed fantastic performances from his principal actors, portraying characters locked in an eternal battle for ascendancy.
As you may surmise from the trailer, the film is a playful meditation on Christian notions of an afterlife. In a sense, it's a funnier, grittier examination of themes explored by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in their 1946 classic 'a Matter of Life and Death', and provides its director with a great opportunity to show off his gift for comedy without ever loosening his grip on the darkness of the core idea.
Product Category: Short Films