27th Jul2020

‘Sins of the Father’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Neil Gallagher | Written by Neil Gallagher, Peter McKeirnon | Directed by Peter McKeirnon

The current worldwide pandemic has made it difficult for filmmakers to, well, make films. But it hasn’t stopped them altogether and has often made people become even more creative than normal. Sins of the Father is part of a soon-to-be-released Micro Killersanthology movie. Micro Killers is a selection of short movies made for £200 or less.

Sins of the Father was actually made for £6. Yep, you read that right. It was written during lockdown and as soon as government guidelines permitted production began. Filmed with a cast of one and a crew of three all with social distancing, it’s impressive it even got made! It follows a priest who wakes up in a graveyard but has seemingly no way of leaving. His life of sin seems to have finally caught up with him.

For such a small budget there’s a great use of simple visual and sound effects. Flashing colours, stuttering images, using black and white and a small amount of CGI might not sound impressive written down but they all work really well. The sound effects also add to the atmosphere, as does the haunting religious-sounding music that plays in the background. It all creates this feeling that things are building and building to some big conclusion. And while it doesn’t exactly end in a bang, the conclusion is satisfactory.

The one cast member is Neil Gallagher, who has featured in many of the directors previous projects and he is, as always, very entertaining. The director shows that continuously creating a wide ranging style of movies and short movies is valuable experience because there’s some really nice shots and camera work.

The Micro Killers anthology will definitely be something to keep an eye out for because during lockdown, with just £6, Peter McKeirnon has made a well written, interesting and highly entertaining seven minute short film.


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