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Full disclosure: Generally speaking, I don’t spend a lot of time watching short films. The ones I do catch are usually recommended to me by someone familiar with the project. It’s not that I have anything against shorter movies, mind you, but there’s so many out there that it’s often hard to know where to look. Sifting through the bad to find the good seems like an impossible task.
Enter director David Roddham’s “Coward,” which arrived on my cinematic radar courtesy of an unexpected tweet over the weekend. The 28-minute 35mm flick is truly remarkable, from its engaging story to cinematographer Stephen Murphy’s ability to frame some seriously compelling shots. I’m not sure what kind of budget the filmmakers had at their disposable, but I’m guessing it wasn’t much. However, you’d never know this watching the film.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“COWARD” is a 28 minute film set during World War 1 that brings to light some of the brutal treatment soldiers received for suffering what would now be known as shell-shock. It follows two cousins, Andrew and James, from their home in Northern Ireland who join the British Army to fight for their Country and make their families proud. Through their eyes we see the reality of life on the front lines.
If you have about 30 minutes to spare, sit down with “Coward.” It’s a strong film from a seriously talented group of individuals who should be well on their way to great things. As soon as Roddham drops a feature-length flick, I’ll be all over it. The video rests below.
For more information, swing by official “Coward” Vimeo page.