Dir: Richard Heap
Starring: Dylan Smith, Charlie Gallagher
Plot: The vicious relationship between a father (Smith) and son (Gallagher) plays out in a ruthless game of cat and mouse. Shared heartbreak and resentment looks like it will tear them apart but the two are bonded by hatred.
I love a good short film, there’s something fascinating in making a story so concise. They cut out all the fat of a feature and deliver something strange and wonderful. Twine, directed and written by Richard Heap, delivers a torturous story of family. Telling a story between just two characters focuses on intense intimacy. Dylan Smith and Charlie Gallagher give their all in this performance. Smith particularly as the drunken, controlling father, elicits so many emotions, adding complexity to his character and to his relationship with Gallagher”s.
The short”s setting is also incredibly important to the story. This isolated cottage, lost amongst the snow and the wilderness. It’s this separate place, disconnected from our own world. A personal hell between this father and son. There is no outside repercussions to worry about, it’s only the destruction that these two can inflict upon each other.
The only element of this film that I found slightly difficult was understanding Smith and Gallagher’s thick Irish accents, especially with the drunken slurring. However enunciation isn’t too important here, the words are less important than the tone of what is being said.
Looking into Richard Heap’s credits, he’s already accomplished so much, especially in the documentary field. Twine is his first step into fictional film making and Heap and his crew have created something that looks great and evokes true feelings. Running just shy of twenty minutes, it’s a deep and investing story that I recommend watching.
And why not see if you agree – Watch Twine here now!! Enjoy!!