International Writers Magazine: Film Review
Directed by Martin McDonagh
Sacha Markin review
black and bloody Irish comedy came to the worlds attention
when it won the 2006 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at
the last months luvvie-fest in LA.vbProduced
by BBC exec Kenton Allen (who reportedly worked on the film while
on holiday from his day job) and written and directed by British-born
Martin McDonagh, Six Shooter takes the viewer on a journey into
a strange and dark world and back again.
which lasts all of 27 minutes sees Brendan Gleeson starring as
a middle-aged widower who comes into contact with one very excitable
yet disturbed young man, played by the talented Irish actor Ruaidhri
Conroy, during a train journey home after just losing his wife.
From the opening scene that sees Gleesons wife demise, to
a suspected suicide, a bloody shoot out and a crazy sideline of an exploding
cow, death hangs extremely heavy over this film.
The performances of every actor are nothing short of outstanding and
the plot line is enthralling, though completely bizarre. There was a
lot of second guessing going on when I watched Six Shooter, however
it is the eventual outcome of the piece and the highly comic surreal
element running throughout that this largely film rests on.
Although compelling on levels, the whole experience of Six Shooter left
me feeling perplexed and almost slightly disorientated by the actions
of each and every character.
A theatrical, DVD and iTunes release of 'Six Shooter' is due in May
of this year.
© Sacha Markin March 2006
NCTJ trainee journalist and freelance writer
NUJ Student Member
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