Blank Shores, written and directed by Alex Kyrou, begins with Emily (Georgina Campbell) talking to Inspector Brady (Davina Moon). Emily’s significant other, Connor (James Farrar), is missing, and she is desperate to find him. The police offer to do their best, but Emily can’t wait however long their investigation will take. Her journey takes Emily to the most unexpected places.
Without spoiling too much, Kyrou’s mysterious short proves to be an original look at the toll grief takes. While that might seem like it gives away the reason for Connor’s disappearance, it really does not. However, to say more would be to give it away, and that would be unfair. What can be said is that the filmmaker crafts an engaging little title with strong visuals and excellent characterizations. But, again, to point to specifics would possibly give up the game.
“Her journey takes Emily to the most unexpected places.”
But the excellence of the cast can be talked about without spoiling anything. Campbell is believably subdued and confused and plays up the resilience of Emily in a relatable way. Farrar does not get much screentime, as the film runs just under 17-minutes, but he makes the most of what he’s given. The same can be said of Moon, as the cop, and Gary Beadle and Jackie Knowles in roles you’ll have to discover as you watch Blank Shores.
Blank Shores is an emotional and interesting journey that will hook viewers with great editing and incredible production design. The cast, Campbell especially, does a fantastic job of bringing the intelligent and profound screenplay to life. With such a brief runtime, there really is no reason not to check it out.
"…an emotional and interesting journey that will hook viewers..."