Friday, 12 September 2008

Neil Coslett "Killing Time At Home"

Killing Time At Home (2003) is a well crafted and rather dark film that has something to say about today's disposable society that is not altogether palatable. Director Neil Coslett tells the tale of a lonely guy who purchases a friend from an appropriate website - a cute foetus grown in a tub of zinc cream - and fashions the little fellow into the friend he could not naturally obtain. Board games, remote controlled cars and Space Invaders occupy time before other attractions appear via the monitor screen. Consisting of hand-drawn images rendered in Photoshop and animated in After Effects, the piece has a rhythmic and melodic soundtrack that acts as a counterpoint to the bitter-sweet theme. Actually, it's only sweet in phases; judged in its two or so minutes entirety the darn thing makes one sad. The ending is not, when one thinks of it, unexpected though it packs a punch. Neil graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2002. The movie was funded by the Channel 4 television scheme Mesh - halcyon days - and produced by Blackwatch Productions. The link is to the best quality selection from various versions on the website.

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