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Published on August 19th, 2015 | by Allan Brown


Joseph’s Reel Review


Movie Review: Joseph’s Reel (2015 Short Film)JOSEPHS-reel-short-film-2015-poster

Running Time: 14 minutes

Rating: TBC

Director: Michael Lavers

Writers: Michael Lavers

Cast: Robert Hardy, Alice Lowe, Oliver Tilney, Ella Road

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Delighting audiences at its World Première at the PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST earlier this year, was Michael Lavers beautifully moving short film; Joseph’s Reel (Trailer).

Oliver-Tilney-josephs-reel-2015The narrative centres on Joseph, an elderly man who is taking his last breath during his final moments in life. Upon his departure, Joseph is given the opportunity to relive one special moment from his past.  But as whisperings of tragedy and regret begin to surface, is this one static moment in a long and loving life, enough to heal the heart of this dotting husband?

Although relatively new to the industry, Lavers – who both wrote and directed, shows tremendous skill in balancing the themes of love and loss over three short acts. Despite it being a strong and weighty narrative for a short film, Laver’s astute direction is elegantly paced, never allowing the film to feel too dense or rushed for its length.

Harnessing the magic of light with astonishing effect is Cinematographer Eben Bolter (Chicken 2015, Greyhawk 2014).  Once again, Bolter showcases incredible ability in not only capturing some breath-taking imagery for the many contrasting sequences, but in making full use of the exquisite locations, bathing them in serene magical Lubezki-esque beauty.

Alice-Lowe-josephs-reel-2015Robert Hardy (Harry Potter) leads the cast in a raw and heart-rending performance which is beautifully underpinned by Oliver Tilney’s portrayal as his younger self. Although these two characters inhabit different periods in time, skilful editing, adept storytelling and truly authentic performances, bind them together with genuine authenticity throughout. It can be said the cast in full, do not put a foot wrong.  Each member, including Ella Road and Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Hot Fuzz). bring strong, honest and delightfully engaging performances, that quickly draw you into the story from it’s very first frame.

In the end, Joseph’s Reel is a wonderful accomplishment. It’s heartfelt, emotional and utterly enthralling, and may just be one of the most accomplished shorts I’ve ever experienced.

Joseph’s Reel Review Allan Brown


Summary: This beautiful 35mm short, captures more heart and emotion in fourteen brief minutes, than most features films only dream of achieving in ninety.


User Rating: 3.4 (3 votes)

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