One of the nice things about doing my blog for this long is that I often get invited to review films. I can’t accept every offer so pick those which I think might be fun or interesting and recently one such film came up that caught my attention.
We’ve all had times where we feel our life lacks direction, perhaps never more so than during this interminable Covid pandemic but imagine how it feels if you’re a performer and suddenly not only have you got no-one to perform to but no direction with what to do with your life?
Life’s a Show is a distinctly British quirky short from writer and director Harvey Puttock and goes to show what might happen when someone goes from feeling directionless to the other extreme.
It stars Matt who is played by Jon Tarcy who some may know from the popular television show Outlander. Matt is an actor who finds that his upcoming play is cancelled due to lockdown. Matt obviously finds his life more than a little empty and hires an actual director (convincingly played by Dusan Mrden) to direct his everyday life right down to how long she should spend at the toilet!
There’s a feeling that the director is getting a bit power hungry and Matt still feels like something is missing and that is when a new director takes over with that one crucial missing element, some adoring luvvies who devour and applaud his every move through streaming video.
I found Life’s a Show to be an incredibly creative film which takes a quirky look at how many of us have felt living in isolation this last year or more. It has some very clever moments that transpire as a result of living your life on film and had several funny moments. When Matt was told by his director to cross the street and be rather rude to a passerby, the cut back to the director had me laughing out loud.
The mix of traditional filming mixed with Zoom was a great way to bring a new and contemporary look to the film and bring in Matt’s audience in a clever way that also proves vital to the story.
Second Director (Lucy Hilton-Jones) is great and whilst a complete contrast to the first director both of them in their own ways are exactly like some of the people one might meet in and around the West End. While Dusan Mrden plays a director who is an absolute perfectionist who relishes his authority, Lucy’s character is there to massage Matt’s ego and encourage the adulation of the audience which clearly Matt has been missing.
The use of Zoom is very clever and it says a lot about the actors that they managed to come across so well ‘on-screen’ without any face to face interaction with Matt and at all times the gentle comedy is mixed with real-life issues, right down to network connection failures.
Finally how can I not mention the performance of Jon Tarcy as Matt? There is a lot of subtlety going on here and Matt comes over as a very likeable character and he really is the star. Having watched Life’s a Show several times in the last few weeks, I find his portrayal spot on and I find often find myself thinking of Matt. What more can you want from a short Indie film?
If you click on the link below then you can watch Life’s a Show in its entirety as part of a film festival until July 14th 2021 after which it will be taken off line until the summer film festival season is over and then it will be available to the wider public. It’s a fun way to spend 11 minutes so have a watch and either rate the film on the site or leave a comment below.