By midlandsmovies, Aug 17 2017 10:21AM
Five Lamps Films presents: July 2017 Screening
With the regular monthly screenings of the Five Lamps Films being moved to bi-monthly comes the added anticipation when the night finally arrives, showcasing what the local filmmaking community have to offer.
With that in mind here are some of the highlights from their July Summer showcase.
Showing first was the hosts (Carl and Sam) short featurette they filmed as they prepared to host the Five Lamps Films 24-hour Film Festival. Funny and entertaining as always, it was also nice to see what work actually goes into making sure one of the Derby Film Festivals closing events ticks along smoothly. I’m also a sucker for anything documentary based when it comes to making films, so I really enjoyed this!
The Smiling Man – Kronicle Films
This short, about a young girl who wanders the streets alone at night, impressed me in various ways. Based on a popular internet horror story, The Smiling Man starts with two young sisters who have evidently grown apart. As one sister stares at a static television, the other stares longingly into the dark street as she decides to take a walk. Whilst on the walk it’s there where she meets The Smiling Man, a creepy entity who seems to be everywhere she is.
I thought this film was shot brilliantly, as well as the performances being brilliant, especially that of The Smiling Man who was genuinely creepy! I would recommend this to any horror fan.
Some Lines – Serloin Films
My favourite of the night, Some Lines starts with two friends spending Friday night in with a few bottles of wine and pizzas. Both have been friends with each other for many years but both are holding something back.
The performances of the two girls were brilliant, they felt natural as if they were friends in real life which gave the film the punch it needed to satisfy the audience. I felt the screenplay was grounded in reality, the dialogue witty as if these were actual conversations. I also really enjoyed the score in Some Lines, it had a menacing, brooding vibe to it very similar to that of an 80’s film.
I can’t wait to see what Serloin Films have to offer in the future!
Bag of Money – Foyle River
Four people, an abandoned tunnel, an unclaimed bag of money. What could go wrong? Bag of Money intentionally starts off where most films normally end, a bag of money containing £350k has been found some time ago. Confident no one is coming to collect the bag; the film starts as the four characters pick up the bag to split the findings, unfortunately these scenarios never happen to plan and a fall out soon ensues.
Shooting on location near an abandoned tunnel in a tucked away wooded area gives this short an incredible look, not just visually but the habitat here adds to the atmosphere of the situation. This simple story has been done many times before but this time with fresh eyes. I look forward to seeing what Foyle River get up to next!
Lily Gulch – James Pyle
A veteran of Five Lamps Film Nights, James Pyle consistently puts forward films he has made himself, each film vastly different than the last. This screening he submitted Lily Gulch, an animated short about a gun slinging cowboy entering a new town ready to make a name for himself.
Short but sweet, Lily Gulch had the audience in fits of laughter throughout its run time, a common trend with Pyle’s films. I’ve now seen him tackle live action, animated and silent films so I can’t wait to see what James has got up his sleeve for the next screening.
The Last Drop (Der Letzte Tropfen) – Sascha Zimmermann
Last but not least is The Last Drop, a German short film written by the Midlands very own Tommy Draper. Premiering on a popular German TV channel, The Last Drop features a group of men and women who meet every week at in a local community centre to talk through their addiction, however this all changes when a new addition walks in.
Brilliantly directed by Sascha Zimmermann, The Last Drop is funny, dark and worth a watch!
Now back to waiting for the next screening and seeing again what brilliant project our talented filmmakers in the region have to offer.
You can catch the next show on September 26th 8:30pm at the QUAD.