Skip to main content

The Greyness of Autumn


2012
Directed By Chris Quick
Starring Duncan Airlie James and Amy E Watson


That image above is what got me. Most of the requests I receive to watch peoples short films are a bit unnerving. I always want to encourage young artists but at the same time I wouldn't be doing them any favors by sugar coating my reactions. A 13 minute Scottish film with an ostrich as its protagonist? At the very least I was already pulling for this one.

Danny (Ostrich, voiced by Duncan James) is having a rough day, he loses his job and his girlfriend Katie (Amy E Watson) in quick succession. That's all I really want to say about the plot because I'd rather not give anything away. Its only 13 minutes long and yes it is worth your time. That is if you want to watch a sock puppet deal with depression. I'm always up for something new and this is most certainly something I have not seen before.

The Greyness of Autumn is at its best when everyone is playing it straight. Casting a sock puppet ostrich as your lead is absurd enough and gives the piece more than enough humor. When ancillary characters are playing it big the film gets a bit shaky. These moments are limited but enough to pull me out of the piece and when you are working with such a limited running time you don't want to do that too often.

With some minor issues mainly concerning the overall tone of the piece aside, the use of the ostrich is honestly a stroke of genius. When dealing with such a heavy subject the filmmaker is able to sneak up on you and not come across preachy or melodramatic. Its a great way of catching the viewer off guard and makes room for some truly human moments. The dinner sequence is great, its the reason I watched the film a second time. The performances from James and Watson are fantastic. I really wish this film would have spent more time with their relationship. Watson is utterly believable as the girlfriend and that is no small feat. With that being said when filmmakers want to take on important themes they should have more to say about the subject.

Overall this is a great little film that I feel very comfortable recommending. 





'The Greyness of Autumn' (2012 Short Film) from Quick Off The Mark Productions on Vimeo.

Popular posts from this blog

Richard Armitage interview on SLEEPWALKER

SLEEPWALKER is the latest film from director Elliott Lester. Troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares, graduate student Sarah Foster goes to her university's sleep research center for help. When she wakes up after her first night of being monitored, the world she lives in seems to have changed in subtle, Twilight-Zone-esque ways. In fact, every time she goes to sleep now, she wakes up in a slightly different version of her world. With the help of sleep researcher Dr. Scott White, she tries to work her way back to the reality she started in. But when they finally succeed, it’s revealed that Sarah’s world is not what she thought at all.

Today my guest is one of the stars SLEEPWALKER, Richard Armitage. Tonight we talk about his work on that film as well as his work as Thorin Oakenshiled in The Hobbit Films, as John Proctor in The Crucible, and his upcoming films Ocens 8 and the Julie Delpy directed film My Zoe.

Sleepwalker is Now Available on Digital HD and On Dem…

Internet Trolls and Critics in the Age of Rotten Tomatoes - A Look at the Critical Response to GOTTI

Hate, intolerance, and cruelty are the most valued currencies in the digital age. Online publications deal in the same eye-catching tabloid headlines that were once exclusive to rags like WEEKLY WORLD NEWS and the NATIONAL ENQUIRER. The monetization of clicks is ruining many forms of journalism and film criticism is just one of them. When organizations can see what headlines are generating revenue its only natural that sensationalism would start to rise. There is no consorted hivemind like conspiracy to destroy certain films but rather internet activity that has boosted a certain type of writer. From the outside, online film critics share quite a bit with their Twitter troll counterparts.

The critical response to John Travolta's passion project Gotti has been less than favorable, in fact, it has been downright abysmal. A project over ten years in the making, Travolta has poured his heart and soul into this venture. And many writers seem to take pleasure in the film's failure.

I…

NO ALTERNATIVE review

Depression is often marked by sadness, despair, and hopelessness. The sense that things will not get better is something most of us pass through at different points in our lives. But depression is something more than that. It’s not just a temporary feeling, it’s a debilitating emotional state that you can’t simply pull yourself out of. The angry outbursts, irritability, and frustration that come along with depression can isolate individuals suffering from this condition and push them deeper into their own thoughts. Everyone needs to be heard and sometimes those who can’t express themselves in traditional forms find their voice in art.
Edvard Munch wrestled with agoraphobia and frequently had hallucinations, one of which inspired THE SCREAM, a painting so iconic that even the most casual art enthusiast is familiar with the piece.  Sylvia Plath took a more direct approach with THE BELL JAR and laid out the details of her depression with brutal honesty. Briana Dickerson a white suburba…