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This short four-minute film produced by Brighton-based collective Red Kite Films is directed by Christopher Laws and filmed by Joe Kaufman.

Chris (Christopher Lawes) engages in hesitant conversation with the stranger (Jack McKenna) who has suddenly appeared next to him, sitting on a park bench, the type that has an affixed memorial plaque. Full of remorse and regret, he attempts to resolve the major issues impeding his life – how to forgive himself for the death of his friend.  Jack, who has been watching Chris’ downward slide, provides a way back.



The combination of the story and soundtrack creates a slightly cloying melancholia, and Christopher’s manicured eyebrows don’t suggest self-neglect, however, these are minor distractions.  The film cleverly presents a conversation that most people dream of having with a person who has left, disappeared, or died. Seeking resolve is a universal theme that the filmmakers have treated well and the premise is one that stays with you long after the film has ended.

Have a look at Red Kite Films’ website for more of their diverse film productions:


From their website – 

‘We are a group of creative professionals, fascinated by technology, light and colour, based in the sunny seaside coast of Brighton. 

We create cinematic films, telling the stories of the brands, companies and individuals we work with. We specialise in art house, lifestyle and documentary film making – it is our job to tell the real story behind your brand.

Red Kite Films offers a full range of filming and post production services, so can work on any aspect of your project.

We shoot on 4K Cinema Cameras and use high end audio gear to give your project the best quality possible. Our office in Brighton has two editing stations with the full adobe creative suite.

 Please have a look at some of our work on the project page.’

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