SOMNIUS – Marc Junker

Original Review by Alan RogersSomnius

Somnius is a short 2013 science fiction film directed by Denver Jackson. A young monk is nearing completion of his pilgrimage, a rite of passage that required him to journey beyond the boundaries of the known universe. Somnius is the name of his space ship, the vessel the monk has used on his journey. Somnius has the ability to render thoughts and memories into reality. However, a group of mercenaries have taken an interest in the ship and, having managed to get on board, they must overcome the monk’s skills – including his adept martial arts training – in order to attain their prize. The director mixes sci-fi, mysticism and martial arts to fashion an engaging and, at times, visually stunning film well worth seeking out. The score is composed by designer and composer Marc Junker. [Read more…]


Original Review by Alan RogersThe Guardian of the Light

Philippe Arber’s The Guardian of the Light is a short film from 2015 in which Camille (Vanessa A. King) has to “find the courage to overcome her inner fears”. She has withdrawn into a world of dreams and stories after the untimely death of her father. Driven away from her home to her father’s old study in the country, Camille soon finds herself in a fantasy world where she must face a sorceress who has taken all light from the land of Palantia. The remainder of the film follows Camille as she battles her own demons as well as the evil witch. The Guardian of the Light is given a memorable score by Jonas Grauer. [Read more…]

BLUE BORSALINO – David M. Saunders

Original Review by Alan RogersBlue Borsalino

Blue Borsalino is a 2015 noir-styled short film written and directed by Mark Lobatto and starring David Warner, Margot Leicester, Bart Edwards and Laura Dale. Warner plays one-time private investigator, Ernie Child, whose life has been overshadowed by one fateful day in his past. When his first and only client, Jean Delaware (Leicester), wakes from a coma, he suddenly has to face up to this life-changing event from almost 50 years ago. Warner dominates when he’s on-screen, with a subtle and nuanced playing of a character whose life has been dominated by regret. The portrayal of the emotional state of Ernie Child and Jean Delaware is ably supported by a measured score composed by relative newcomer David M. Saunders. [Read more…]