Trust (2016) – Short Feature Review

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By Last Caress.

“Can’t trust anyone these days…”

Amy (Rhiannon Jones) has just been shopping. As she reaches her vehicle in the supermarket car park she’s met by a suited, affable and ruddy-cheeked stranger who eventually identifies himself as Max (Iain Cash). Why’s he waiting by her car? Well, Max explains that, as he was walking past on his way to work, he spied a nefarious gang of young’uns loitering around Amy’s car and it behoved him to do the decent thing and shoo them away before waiting diligently for the owner of the vehicle just in case the nefarious young’uns returned. Aww! There are still some nice people in the world, after all! It’s just that… look, here’s the thing: Max didn’t know he’d be waiting by the car for quite as long as he was and he’s now running late for an important meeting at his company’s office in the nearby industrial estate and, if it’s not too much of an imposition, a lift to his workplace would be hugely appreciated. Max has done Amy a commendable solid; will she do one back?



Trust, a seven-minute short filmed mostly on location in Platt Bridge, Wigan, written by relative newcomer David Stokes and co-directed by Stokes and by Iain Cash (The Last British Execution) is about exactly that: Trust. Should Amy take the friendly Max at his word? If he’s done what he’s said he has, that’s a really good and decent thing he’s done. But does she trust that he really did it? Does she trust that he still works on that industrial estate? Amy was under the impression that place was long closed. On the other hand, he’s just a briefcase-wielding suit-and-tie guy. Harmless. Or is he? Well, maybe he is, yes; not everybody’s a monster, you know… oh, what’s Amy to do? What would YOU do?



The picture is anchored by Rhiannon Jones as Amy, who gives a slightly distracted performance which ultimately works in favour of a woman unsure of what to do next, and by co-director Iain Cash who also stars as Max, playing him on purpose a tiny bit too disarmingly and over-demonstratively, keeping us off-balance and in suspense as to his intentions. It could go either way. Able support comes from local newcomers Gary Hogan and the excellent Jules Horsfield.

If you get an opportunity to see Trust, it’s a short, taut guessing game, well worth seven minutes of anybody’s time, and comes recommended. Keep up with how you can see it via the movie’s Facebook page HERE or via its Twitter feed HERE.

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