*Online Premiere* A snapshot of two young singers — one established, the other a fan — after they’ve met at a gig. Notable for its rich atmosphere and restraint, it’s a beguiling sketch about ambitions and inhibitions.
The two women and another man head to a neon-lit apartment to drink and perhaps more. But the aspiring singer locks up when she’s asked to play a song, particularly after the man begins improvising along. He may be mocking her for having the same dream as everybody else, or maybe he’s just testing her. Either way, she’s further tested later when an uncomfortable advance calls into question what she’s doing there in the first place.
The director is Mdhamiri a Nkemi, a London filmmaker who is new to us but has caught our interest here. His film doesn’t promise resolution but nicely captures loneliness and longing with vivid close-ups of his expressive cast. (8 minutes) Starring Ellie Tanner, Lydia Orange, and Jaz Hutchins. Directed by Mdhamiri a Nkemi. Written by Lee Squires. Produced by Jack Hannon. DP Jamie Kennerley.