ELLEN – Gareth Coker

Original Review by Alan RogersEllen

Ellen is a short, suspense thriller directed by Kyle Hausmann-Stokes as his thesis project whilst at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. It centres on an insecure high school girl who is abducted and held prisoner in a non-descript suburban house. The kidnapper is very meticulous about his time keeping apparently and he ensures that Ellen (Jessica Andres) is constantly drugged up whilst he’s out to work (as a home help). Ellen must overcome her insecurity and lack of confidence in her own abilities (established in the opening scene of the film) in order to fashion her escape from her captor. [Read more…]