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Paper Sun review

By Kelly Rickard

PAPER SUN is a creepy short tale from the Award Winning Independent film company Slumberjack Entertainment and the imagination of Writer and Director Peter Harper. 

Over the last few years Slumberjack Entertainment has been creating an array of short films predominately in the comedy / horror genre. From the extremely successful series DEAD TOWN to quirky shorts such as THE QUACKY SLASHER, SWINGS and ROUNDABOUTS and THE DOG WALKER. They have literally been going from strength to strength. 

Straight from its opening shot I could sense PAPER SUN was going to be something completely different from what Slumberjack Entertainment had released previously. 

The film revolves around the character of Tom (Neil Gallagher) who is caring for his terminally ill partner Ivy (Jackie Leech). The love the two have for each other is absolutely beautiful as is it heart-breaking. The authentic nature that he is nursing her as she’s dying is truly touching. Actor Neil Gallagher brings so much depth and realism to his role. His character Tom is the caring lover and will do anything to keep his love alive. Tom’s unacceptance is a complete contrast to Ivy’s willingness of her own impending death There’s a very lovely scene of the two just lay in bed whilst he reads to her as she drifts off to sleep and creeping closer to death, it’s so beautiful. 

The film is soft and undoubtably sad until a twist kicks in which did give me goosebumps, like a galloping heartbeat. Written and Directed by first time filmmaker Peter Harper the film is shot entirely in black and white, which adds to its dark love story themes. It’s bleak, unnerving and creepy. It has a haunting atmosphere and some really lovely gothic imagery, almost reminiscent of an old horror film. Considering it is his first film it is so cohesive and beautifully smooth. 

The haunting music just added to its atmosphere. It became really foreboding and uncomfortable, especially the climax of the film. Composer Tony Longworth did a wonderful job. 

Overall the thing I liked the most about PAPER SUN was how simple it was, It’s a stripped-back film completely showcasing its script. Visually it was wonderful. I loved little things such as the symbolism of the sun going down representing the ending of life. How the film used darkness and light throughout. It had strange, unnerving imagery, but didn’t overcomplicate things. And finally, the starkness of that opening scene just slowly moving through the forest capturing the light trickling through was so beautiful but foreboding of the film to come.

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