Have you ever watched a film and it stuck with you long after you first watched it? One that sinks into your skin with striking imagery and a redolent story line? So haunting that every day your mind muses on it, unpicking the strong undercurrent that rushes through it? Yes. There are many films that will change your perception on cinema and the world. But the worst is when you have this great noggin of cinema lodge in your head and two weeks of over film stuff, one missing booklet and a troubled memory – I thought RED by Julia Powney was lost forever. Until I researched the hell out of it.
RED is a powerful and creepy short that eerily traipses through the mental instability that comes due to a traumatic event. As actress Nicole Dalziel evocatively and delicately spirals through the unnervingly strange scenes, a suitcase full of photographs that stain her hands in ink or a forest where a crueller version of herself burns her life's manuscript. Combining imagination and nature, astutely bringing confession to her excellent short – Powney wields this exquisite surreal short with stirring imagery. It’ll stay with you for days after, as you vividly digest the themes and the interpretation and quite happily too.
For example, my own personal analysis is that RED is about the dying and fractured moments of our heroine as she battles against losing her life and the world around her, clinging on to who she is. Her ultimate memory lingering on the final scene (perfectly beautiful as well) is one that calmly takes her into death. That tinges the short film with this incredible vein that heightens it viscerally. Powney directs this striking short that is altogether dream-like and fantastical.
Shown recently at UnderWire Film Festival, RED should head to more. Though this is an open call to make it wildly available.