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First Impressions Can Kill

UK / Austria 2017
produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Eirian Cohen
directed by Eddie Bammeke
starring Lynn Lowry, Eddie Bammeke, Eirian Cohen, Paul Sutton, Rachel Brownstein, Kayla Leigh Holdsworth, Ricky Matthews
idea by Lynn Lowry, Vincent J.T. Rocco, screenplay by Michael Haberfelner, music by Paul Henshaw, cinematography by Cameron Prudames, makeup by Rachel Betteridge, special effects makeup by Sarah Hughes-Bray, edited by Michael Haberfelner

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's audition time for Cockney Holocaust, and casting director Tabatha Spaulding (Eirian Cohen) couldn't be happier with the first actor she sees, Freddie Hennessy (Eddie Bammeke), who fits the role ("male gangster type, 30s to 40s, cockney accent") to the letter. But then she also has to sit through Jane Higgins' (Lynn Lowry) audition, who fails to be anything like the character (for starters, she's not male), and who struggles with the dialogue and especially the many expletives throughout. But determined she is. Things of course get even more strained when cleaning person Berto (Paul Sutton) enters the room who's not only loud and obnoxious, but who has also (unbekownst to anyone but the audience) just killed someone (Ricky Matthews) just for asking directions ...

 

Since I'm personally involved with this project as writer, producer and editor, I saw it only fitting to invite a guest reviewer to give her two Cent in my stead ...

 

photo by Nich Archer

Guest review by Dawn Hills:

I really enjoyed this short. It started off with someone being killed for just asking directions to an audition you know your in for a funny film!

Even though it's only about 20 mins long it really is very funny. It's one of those films that some of the humor is not apparent till later on after the dialogue has already been said.

For example Jane Higgins played by Lynn Lowry says "I've got every part I have ever auditioned for" and not till the end of the film do you know exactly why.

The film is brilliantly cast starting with Paul Sutton, who plays the sinister killer very well. He does not have a lot of dialogue but he does not need to! He comes across very creepy and deathly very well! Lynn Lowry plays Jane Higgins who you think is this sweet older woman who just wants to make it in the acting world. She has standards and struggles with swear words! Not all is as it seems. Put it this way by the end of the film she is anything but sweet! Lynn did a fantastic job and is very funny.

Eirian Cohen plays a casting director who is looking for a male to play a cockney gangster in a film with lots of swearing and attitude! Eirian is brilliant, there is a part in the film where Jane wants to audition for the male part and Eirians facial expressions were bang on the money with the shock and confusion!

There is actually a character called Freddie who is auditioning for the male part played by Eddie Bammeke who is just perfect for the role. Ive not seen Eddie on camera before, I have known him to be more behind the camera! I was blown away by his performance portraying the cockney gangster in the audition!

I don't want to give too much of the plot away in my review. The same people who was behind the award winning Talk of the Dead have come up with another award deserving short! Just goes to show with the right cast and brilliant dialogue and hardly any budget you can come up with a masterpiece!

 

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