The Job Interview
Written & Directed by: Dan Summers
STARRING: Dean Kilbey, Josh Dinneen
The Job Interview is a comedic skit centring, as the title suggests, around a job interview – in this case at a European holiday resort between an aging company boss and a naive and hopeful young holiday timeshare rep. Dean Kilbey plays Mark, the interviewer, an aging cockney wide boy determined to get interviewee Tim (Josh Dinneen) to have a drink with him, despite the early morning interview time. When Tim eventually succumbs, the two go on a drinking spree around town, which ends with Tim sending a text to his current employers telling them he is quitting. Unsurprisingly, when the hapless lad shows up for his new job the following day, things don’t pan out very well.
This two-hander and does feel a little more like a comedy sketch than a film – Kilbey’s character is entertaining but a little one-dimensional and Dinneen’s interviewee is rather more of a foil for the narrative situation than a compelling character in his own right. There isn’t much of a sense of what’s driving Tim, what he wants out of life, why he is taking part in the interview at this particular juncture – so in this sense, the film feels more plot-driven than character-driven. Neglecting character can occasionally be something of an error of comedy sketch writers, who are accustomed to making jokes centre=stage; so Summers would do well to try to combine his comedic sensibilities with a stronger sense of character on his next project.
The cinematography is good considering the film’s low budget – the scenes are well lit and there are a few fun smash cuts - albeit clearly borrowed from Edgar Wright - which add some pizazz to proceedings. However, there are a few times that Kilbey’s character leans out of focus without the focus pulling to his eyes, which suggests the team behind the film might be reasonably new to filmmaking.
That said, this is an enjoyable piece, the sound is well-executed which is often an error with newer filmmakers – and given this is Summers’ debut film it will be interesting to see what he creates next.
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