02nd Jun2022

‘Summer After’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Andrea Granera, Deepti Menon, Josh Cox, Mateo Correa, Milly Miles | Written and Directed by Josh Cox I think it might be harder to make, and get positive reviews, for a short film that isn’t action-packed. It must be a temptation for directors of shorts to fill their time (twenty minutes with Summer After) […]

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06th May2022

Romford Film Festival 2022: ‘Colossus’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Well people it’s getting closer to this year’s Romford Film Festival and while I am super excited to be making my way down there for the first time so that I can bring all you awesome Nerdly readers and Nerdly Out Loud viewers some great content, I also wanted to bring you some reviews from […]

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30th Mar2022

Boston Underground Film Festival 2022 – Short Film Reviews #2

by Alain Elliott

A Family Affair A young couple and their son get an unwelcome visitor one snowy Christmas night. They know they could be in danger but fear that sending the stranger back outside might lead to her death. A Christmas set, snow-covered short coming in at about fifteen minutes, I was pretty sure I was going […]

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24th Mar2022

Boston Underground Film Festival 2022 – Short Film Reviews

by Alain Elliott

Thorns Thorns sees a young couple go to stay a night at a motel only to have their night interrupted by an unwanted guest. At a little over five minutes Thorns creates an easy to follow story with a satisfying ending. Something most films struggle to do! I really enjoyed how the movie looked and […]

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24th Feb2022

Romford Horror Festival: ’11pm’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Tony Banham, Abigail Bush, Elodie Angel, Lewis Cook, Sophie Anna Bel, Laura Ollerton, Ollie Mullen, Miti Goneos, Stos Goneos | Written and Directed by JP Thomson At only thirty minutes long this short film set in real-time builds up to that time of its title 11pm. Apparently, the time when most disappearances occur – […]

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02nd Feb2022

‘Off Fleek’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nicola Goodchild, Patrick Marlowe, Shona O’Sullivan, Phoebe Rawlinson | Written and Directed by Steven Dorrington The horror of social media and the bullying that comes from it is all too real for young people growing up today, so it’s no surprise to see the genre film directors focusing their movies on it. Off Fleek […]

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06th Jul2021

‘New Woman’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Rhiannon Morgan, Stephen Oates | Written by C.H Newell | Directed by Benjamin Noah Since hooking up with the Romford Film Festival I have seriously had my eyes opened to the real potential of short movies and the performances and artistry on show. These creators only have 15 to 20 minutes to tell their […]

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25th Jan2021

‘Lavender’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Libby Wattis, Caroline Vella, Michelle Grimshaw | Written and Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw Some of our longtime readers may know during the first national lockdown here in the U.K. I hooked up with the amazing folks at Romford Film Festival and became part of their selection team; which meant I had the opportunity of […]

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01st Dec2020

‘Officer Down’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Martin Delaney, Josef Altin, Ben Turner | Written by Tommy Draper, Simon Pearce | Directed by Simon Pearce Alex Trent (Martin Delaney) is a young British Police Officer and is part of a task force that has been sent into a rundown building smack dab in the middle of Civil Riots that are dividing […]

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16th Nov2020

‘We Die Alone’ Short Film Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Ashley Jones, Samantha Boscarino, Baker Chase Powell, Darielle Deigan | Written by Marc Cartwright, Cassie Keet | Directed by Marc Cartwright Aidan, a young man crippled by loneliness and insecurity, wants nothing more than to experience love, but he compulsively ghosts any connections he makes through dating sites. Aidan’s co-worker Elaine, generous with her […]

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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 […]

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07th Jul2020

‘Genevieve’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nicholas Michael Jacobs, Shawn C. Phillips | Written and Directed by Nicholas Michael Jacobs I have seen many many found footage horror movies and I am as big of a fan of them as you’ll probably know. It all started with the original The Blair Witch Project and although it took a while for […]

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02nd Jul2020

‘Lab Rat’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Matt Harris, Sian Hill, Kirsty Sturgess, Max Williams, Abeo Jackson | Written by Matt Brothers, Nour Wazzi | Directed by Nour Wazzi After recently watching and enjoy the short Baby Mine, I couldn’t wait to check out director Nour Wazzi’s other work, which lead me to this all new sci-fi short Lab Rat. In […]

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26th Jun2020

‘Nightfire’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Dylan Baker, Becky Ann Baker, Bradley Stryker, Francesco Pannofino, Michael Pantozzi, Lorenzo Pisoni, Goran Ivanovski, Greg Hadley | Written by Brando Benetton, Los Silva | Directed by Brando Benetton Forty one minutes seems like a very odd running time for any movie. Not really a short film but nowhere near the length of a […]

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24th Jun2020

‘Baby Mine’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Rachael Sterling, Alexander Siddig, Alex Ferns, Grace Taylor | Written by Shirine Best, Eleanor Emptage, Nour Wazzi | Directed by Nour Wazzi Made over three years ago, Baby Mine seems more current in 2020 than ever before. We see a Middle Eastern man kidnap his child,while the mother opts not to call the police […]

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07th May2020

‘A Better You’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Seán T. Ó’Meallaigh, Hannah Mamalis, Marcio Wille, Charlie Kranz, Aoife Nic Ardghail | Written and Directed by Eamonn Murphy A short film that was selected to screen at the Oscar-qualifying Tribeca Film Festival which, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the festival will now screen films online in the coming months, A Better You is […]

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02nd Apr2020

‘The Erl King’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Lewis Hyman, Louise Elliker, Simon Victor | Written by Marison Suarez | Directed by Callum Windsor Written by Marison Suarez and directed by Callum Windsor, this just-under-13-minute short film falls into the horror category and follows a boy named Alfie who, along with his father, was in an auto-accident. We see Alfie (Lewis Hyman) […]

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20th Mar2020

‘Cubicle’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Charlotte Hamblin, Robert Nairne | Written by Stefan Kaday | Directed by Chloe Wicks Written by Stefan Kaday and directed by Chloe Wicks, Cubicle is an under-four-minute long short horror film, much shorter than many of the short films I’m used to, yet it manages to be incredibly effective and wonderfully stylish in that […]

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19th Mar2020

‘Faulty Roots’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Ella Greenwood, Sani Thabo, Sarah Greenwood | Written and Directed by Ella Greenwood Written, directed and produced by 18 year old Ella Greenwood who, by the way, also plays the part of Lola here, Faulty Roots joins in the conversation regarding mental health and the prejudices that surround that segment of life. Lola suffers from […]

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17th Dec2019

‘The Cunning Man’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Simon Armstrong, Ali Cook, Ian Kelly, Charlotte Jo Hanbury | Written by Ali Cook | Directed by Zoe Dobson Shown at this year’s Frightfest, The Cunning Man is not the most obvious of shorts to be playing at that festival. Inspired by John Harries (1785-1839) a physician and ‘cunning man’ – a healer who uses […]

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24th Oct2019

‘Patina’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Alan Maxson, Annabel Barrett, Matt Kelly | Written and Directed by Alan Maxson The Twilight Zone and more recently Black Mirror have created future worlds that aren’t so great. Featuring things we should worry about and usually making technology seem like something we should be very wary of. Patina follows that idea, with robots that […]

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17th Oct2019

‘Glass Cabin’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Revell Carpenter, David Mar Stefansson | Written and Directed by Can Türedi Glass Cabin is a short film written and directed by Can Türedi, a Turkish filmmaker who began by making music videos and documentaries. Glass Cabin, a mere fifteen minute short-film, features just two characters and sticks to minimal locations, telling a short […]

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