FILE NOT FOUND **** UK 2022 Dir: Lindsay Bennett-Thompson. 17 mins
In a dystopian future in which the AIs control everything, even memory, Jenny (Lucie Browne) learns that something sinister may have killed her partner Maggy (Lindsay Bennett-Thompson), even though her death had been ruled a suicide.
Bennett-Thompson creates a beautiful story, blending grief with technology and traditional horror with surprising results. Initially, my thoughts went to how visually striking the setting was. A modern minimalistic look was perfect for how we imagine 2035 to be. The light was also used to great effect to show the mood of the scenes.
The storyline was incredibly touching, with the idea of technology supporting bereavement by allowing us to play out memories of loved ones. This ideal is shattered by a supernatural presence.
With a sleek look and a lack of musical score, Bennett-Thompson creates a sense of dread that is increased by a build up of tension and suspense.
A superb short that I would love to see as a future and making me proud that someone from my hometown could create such a great film.
Review by Poppy Blundell