Tag: Short Film
I bookmarked Little Grey Bubbles meaning to post it here months ago, then it got pushed down the queue of #ForWeblog bookmarks in Pinboard and I only came across it again today when I was reviewing my bookmarks1 checking off items that I’ve since posted.
Kim and Marlon were best friends, despite the fact they communicated exclusively online. Before Marlon died, he sent Kim a message saying he had something important to tell her. To find out what it was, and get a deeper sense of her friend, she travels to his funeral.
- In a better world I’d have got round to automating the bookmarking-to-posting portion of what we’ll laughingly refer to here as “my workflow”, but I think that’ll probably have to wait for the day I give up faffing round with WordPress and switch back to Jekyll, or some other relatively low-maintenance CMS that lets me do as much of this as possible in Markdown. Nine times out of ten that’d lead to me adding a second footnote going into lots more detail about how that didn’t happen a couple of years ago and the ins and outs of the various options open to me, but even I recognise that would be deeply irrelevant to the subject at hand, i.e. the short film I liked last October but failed to post about at the time. ↩
Watching Hashtag, I can’t help but notice that it’s unclear from the film’s storyline how far our protagonist’s lifestyle differs from that of a male social media influencer trying hard to keep their position near the top of the tree. In the near future the film depicts, are the menfolk participating in the influencer business under similar pressure to maintain a basic level of attractiveness to heterosexual followers and display a willingness to flash some flesh to keep followers on the hook?1 Or is it the case that the menfolk in that line of business are called something else, despite being every bit as superficial and vapid and mercenary as their female counterparts?2
Initially I didn’t even spot that our female lead in this short film was Gigi Edgley, who was great fun as Chiana in Farscape and who haven’t seen since then beyond a supporting role in one season3 of The Secret Life of Us. Looks as if she’s maintaining a steady career in Australian TV, which understandably is not something those of us in the UK are particularly aware of. Good to see she’s still going strong: understandable, perhaps, that I didn’t recognise her in this at first what with the lack of blue skin and the wig.
- I’m sure that Gigi Edgley, being a 42 year-old actress striving to keep a career going, is very conscious of the parallels with her chosen profession. ↩
- I don’t pay enough attention to the world of current-day social media influencers to have a good sense of how that works nowadays. (Well, I would think that, wouldn’t I?) ↩
- The third season, I think it was? A really good show that never got the audience it should have in the UK. Looking into it as I write this, I see that the UK’s Channel 4 was initially a co-funder of the production but that stopped after season 3, which presumably was part of the reason it disappeared from Channel 4’s schedules. ↩
I have to admit, this video is delightful:
The fact that there’s a vanishingly small prospect of my getting an opportunity to go to Kew Gardens and enjoy that scenery for myself any time soon is just one of those things everyone has to live with given the Current Situation, I guess. I can certainly add a task to do that one day to my to-do list, but somehow that’s falling rather a long way short…
I realise I’m coming late to this, but Hair Love is a delight:
The Neighbors’ Window reminds folks who live in big cities and have a clear view of other peoples’ apartments of the importance of equipping your apartment windows with drapes. Not to mention, a reminder of how much is going on in the lives of others that you might not know about when you’re forming opinions on the comings and goings of strangers you only see from a certain vantage point. Oddly comforting, weirdly.
Is it just part of the price of living in a big city that you’re part of the show?1 Was the whole concept of ‘plate glass windows’ in residential premises just a really bad idea from the start, or was the real problem the moment when using drapes went out of fashion?
- Answer, courtesy of the increasing proportion of the human race who live that way: ‘From the very start we decided it was a price worth paying.’ I understand that argument, but I’m still not buying it. ↩