All The Pretty Girls: Review

All The Pretty Girls: Review

Ncube’s All The Pretty Girls is the story of prisoners of war in Rostock, MeckPomm, in the late 70s. It blends docu film and fiction, in its exploration of what to do with the problem of evil. 

The film is very personal and adopts a unique tone and style. The director presents the film, telling the story of its origin as a play, and the sociological and political context for the film.

It is definitely a film of passion and a unique one at that. It definitely feels more like an art film rather than a documentary or a narrative piece. The process is deconstructed by Ncube, showing scenes and characters that he has cut, and sharing ideas about his process. 

70% of the film is effectively Ncube’s play, on screen, in chrome, with a vignette on it, in 16:9 ratio. It is well acted and has a good script, but the whole thing does feel incomplete and difficult to actualise outside of its original theatre setting. It’s rare that a film set in one room is effective, let alone one where the actors and room don’t match the setting.

A very difficult subject matter which was very bold of Ncube to deconstruct and tell his story. It would be nice to see this idea developed further with a bigger budget and as a full feature some day, as I think it will permeate audiences a lot easier. 

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Filmmaker Grace was born and raised just outside of Oxford in a small town called Woodstock by her single-mother. She spent much of her childhood entertaining herself by singing, playing music and acting out plays and film scenes in her loft and garage.


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