(*) - Coursework Review:
Kissack's 2014 comedy short IS in short, a masterclass in the subversion of initial audience expectation. For a start, the film is disguised as a gritty western, but in reality, it immediately becomes clear through a non-descript ominous narrator (classic diegetic subversion) that the characters are party to their dramatic designs. Whilst the actors stay in character, they are also privy to the direction of the 'voice', it in itself becoming another character within the narrative (effectively spurring the film along its 9 minute run time). In terms of film form, the natural lighting and decent visuals (looking at you, costumes) create an undeniable sense of authenticity - definitely befitting of the Western genre .
If you've ever thought about what a baby between '1 Million Ways to Die in the West' and 'The Hateful Eight' might look like, you've come to the right place.