Short Film Review: Bricks


“When a wealthy stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar underneath his country house, the two men fall out with chilling consequences.”

Bricks is inspired by ‘The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, and writers Neville Pierce & Jamie Russell have coupled Poe’s tale with a class-war narrative. Made in 2015, the pair make a chilling statement about the politics of our time. With the pointed tagline “We’re all in this together”, and the fact that walls seem to be an abiding theme these days.

Award winning short Bricks (Melies d’Argent, Abertoir Film Festival) contains a fiendishly good performance from Blake Ritson – “Drowned Sloane” in Guy Ritchie’s unexceptional gangster caper Rocknrolla (2008). Paired with another Ritchie chum Jason Flemyng: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998); The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) whose gruff brickie is disadvantaged by heavy-handed characterisation (the mispronunciation of ‘Rioja’ is too cringeworthy).

The tension, palpable from the word go, is heightened by the original score from David Julyan (Memento, The Prestige). Bricks is a must-watch for admirer’s of Roald Dahl’s sinister short stories: Someone Like You (1953).

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