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film review: move past it

Move Past It tells a tragic story of a deeply unhappy young woman, in a very clever and thought-provoking way. It is a short film that was written and directed by Adelaide filmmaker Cameron Crothers. With haunting narration that is sparingly used, the skilful use of images does the rest of the storytelling. The colours and settings make it visually pleasing, despite the heavy subject matter.

With only one character onscreen and no dialogue, the film could have been a bit dull, but Pia O’Meadhra as the character and Kerstin Von Shering as narrator are very interesting in their roles. Having one voice and one face works very well, and is clear that a lot of thought went into every aspect of the film: every moment, look, prop and word seems to have meaning.

The best part about this short film is the simplicity of both the words and pictures, which manage to say so much.  The story is never exactly spelled out for the viewer until it ends: it is simply hinted at slowly and cleverly .

The music slowly builds to become quite dramatic, just like the film itself. It would be interesting to see whether a different choice may have better complemented the rest of the film, although it does create tension quite well. Overall this film is  interesting, intelligent and worth watching more than once.

Check it out here.

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