By midlandsmovies, Feb 7 2019 09:02PM
Midlands Review - Suicide Blonde
Directed by David L Knight
Suicide Blonde is a short story that follows a young woman who pieces together the events of the night before. The opening scene is actually audio of a sexual act. The first visual scene is her laying on the ground of a park next to her lover, pushing the story on quite quickly.
We're captivated by the woman, played by Kerrie Sirrell, with her strong performance of a self destructive individual. The flashbacks to the evening are well executed and play perfectly alongside the current aftermath. The stark contrast of a colourful and lively nightclub to the cold reality of the morning after is a reminder of how things can get out of control. This scene also deals with the fact that both parties were just as irresponsible as each other.
Suicide Blonde tackles issues that are very real and very relevant to today's society. This short film could almost pass as an educational advert if it were shorter, and maybe a series of stories if it were longer. The target audience is slightly unclear, but the point is there.
90% of the film is pure build up, and the last moments are what really hit the hardest. What would have resonated more is real statistics. The colour tones, pragmatic scenes and gritty feel was all there, but seeing as the messages of hard drug use and sexually transmitted diseases is significant and still socially relevant - some recent data would've reinforced the final point.
The supporting roles from everyone else was complimentary against Sirrell's dramatic performance, which further enhanced her character's destructive personality.
As for the style of the film, I believe it was meant to look as real as possible. David L. Knight's previous films contain hints and traces of homages to the more influential directors of the 20th Century. With Suicide Blonde, everything had a much milder feel. With regards to the music, it was there when needed and the various voice overs filled the rest of the scenes nicely.
From the director, to the actors and editors, plus everyone else involved in the making of this movie, they all displayed skill and dedication to perfect all aspects. This was a strong team making a bold film. I would personally like to see more of these short stories with a stronger sense of reality. This could have a much bigger impact on such important and relevant subjects in today's society.