Transmission (short film) review

By Daniel King

Without doubt the best short I’ve seen this year TRANSMISSION is a dark and disturbing glimpse into a dystopian future ‘Britannia’.

A man is being tortured in order to obtain his confession to a number of crimes against the state; in his delirious condition he imagines or recalls, or perhaps even experiences, various scenes involving his torturer or his girlfriend. Or are they induced by the nightmarish images emanating from the television monitor in front of him?

For better or worse, the rapid pace of technological development in consumer electronics has put film-making in the hands of virtually anybody these days. More often than not though the quality of the photography doesn’t match the ambition, resulting in a lot of ugly product. Unlike most shorts, however, TRANSMISSION looks a million dollars, shot as it was on 35mm film stock.

That’s not to say the film is all style over substance. There’s plenty going on if you pay attention and indeed it repays a second viewing. The subject matter – unrest, oppression, division and resistance – is timely and is matched by the sense of impending doom that pervades the film.

Writer-directors Varun Raman and Tom Hancock have produced a quality piece of work that is well worth 15 minutes of your time.


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