Ghost Nets (2015): Short Film Review
Writer/Director Mark Bousfield’s short film Ghost Nets, filmed at Joss Bay on the Kent coast, sends three very different people on a camping trip. The dramatic tension from the start combined with the cold, beautiful yet hostile environment, reflects their relationship.
As the story progresses, so too do the necessary but damaging revelations between the brothers. The film benefits from excellent camera work and performances from Joe Sowerbutts, Charlotte Mounter and Bruce Lawrence. The dramatic and dominating soundtrack became a distraction in an environment where crow and seagull cries combined with crashing waves should have been the major accompaniment.
Reminiscent of Raymond Carver’s story So much water so close to home, Bousfield’s film is a morally ambiguous tale where one is left with the question, who is saving whom?
Ghost Nets will be coming to a film festival near you.
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