Directed by: Trent Cliffe
Written by:Trent Cliffe and Lily Connor
STARRING: Amy Elizabeth Price and Genevieve Brock
War in Heels
War in Heels is a comedic short film, running at a concise 3 ½ minutes and taking place almost exclusively inside a car. The story is a reasonably simple one: Emily (Genevieve Brock), has been dumped, and wants to go on a stakeout to ascertain whether or not her ex, Tom, has a new love interest. She attempts to drag along her reluctant friend Tiffany (Amy Elizabeth Price), who is disappointed to discover the truth about Emily’s plan for the evening; Tiffany thought they were going clubbing.
The length of this piece is definitely something to be commended – all too often short filmmakers feel as though they must showcase a lengthy piece eked out over 20 or 30 minutes, so it’s refreshing to see a piece of work that doesn’t fall into that trap. It's essentially comedy sketch; the dialogue is well-written and amusing, and whilst the film itself is not enormously cinematic - sticking with a static two-shot and two singles for the majority - overall it looks and sounds professional and is well lit.
The performances from actors Brock and Price are spirited and they depict the characters imaginatively. The writing paints the characters with reasonably broad strokes: Emily is the obsessive ex with a home-made balaclava and Tiffany is the good-time girl who wants to drink champagne go dancing. It did seem a shame not to go into a little more detail as to who these two women were; their relationship and why they were friends in the first place. Nevertheless, the storytelling is clear, the performances are likable and humorous without ever tipping over into hammy, and the ending has a twist which works well.
Overall, this is a well-made, entertaining comedy short, and its brevity and strong performances from the female leads should serve it well on the film festival circuit.
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