Review: EWWW (2016, 6 Mins)

Review: EWWW (2016, 6 Mins)

A first date using Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘no-fail’ questions – how could that go wrong? Mary (Harrie Hayes) expresses brilliant awkwardness faced with po-faced Jason (Nick Read) until question 3: What’s a secret you have never told anyone?

As she reflects on how much to say, Mary’s gawkiness reaches a new level as she blunderingly tells Jason one of the most interestingly offbeat responses I imagine ever to be heard on a first date. Jason whispers his response in Mary’s ear, leaving the viewer to contemplate whether anything could possibly emerge from this doomed beginning.

Writer, director, producer Alexei Slater has crafted a captivating short film with an illuminating title, which by the end may leave you repeating the same. The film spent 2017 touring around US and European film festivals, receiving many accolades, and was the winner of the Best Comedy Award at the 2017 Crystal Palace International Film Festival in London.

In 2011 Alexei Slater and producer Jessica Turner set up award-winning Turn The Slate Productions and amongst other projects wrote and co-produced the company’s first short film 82 directed by Calum Macdiarmid. Have a look at what a spiteful postman (Nick Moran) can get up to during his daily rounds. Alexei’s second short as writer/producer Scarlet Says (2014) was screened in multiple festivals. Both films and more are available on their website.

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