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Anywhere But Here review draft 2


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Second Draft of my A-level media review

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Anywhere But Here review draft 2

  1. 1. 31 | P a g e Anywhere but Here UnitedKingdom 2016 Director:Jack Woods Reviewed by J. R. Woods A cold autumnday a MIDDLEAGED MAN is in his gardendigging up a flower andputting it in a bag.He then puts it on a walland fills in the holewith soil.He thengoes andgets a bird-table andputs iton top of the spot theirusedto bea flower. Hethen walks in thehouse andgives theflower toa YOUNG GIRL. He then says something to her and walks out oftheroom closing thedoor behind him. The young girl is dressed upwarm andwalks away from the house. Shethen walks out of the garden and down the pavementto a derelict patch ofgrass.After looking at the patch ofgrass for a while, she decides itbestnot toplantin there. Shethen walks toa localchildren’s parkandstarts trying tofind a place to planttheflower.After a ballflies pastherand nearly hits the spot she was looking to plantthe flower in. Shedecides tomovetheflowerto a safer place. She goes to a forest anddecides totake a reston a log. A COMMUNITYOFFENDER is picking up rubbish in the background witha brightgreen vest on anda black bag. After a small amountoftime hesits on the log and tries to seewhat thegirls holding. He then opens inhis rubbish bag and takes out several grubby toys. Hethen shows them tothegirland lays themon thefloor. Shepicks up a dog toyand he gently tries to taketheflower but shedrops thedog and pulls theflower closer. Hethen picks thedog. He then lays thedog on the floor andtakes a stepback. Shegoes andlays thefloweron theground before picking the dog, thengoes and sits back on the log. Hegoes totheflower andpicks it upunder her watchful eye.He thenbends down and plants theflower ina littleholehe makes then smiles atthe girl and walks off. The girl thenwaits for a littlewhileand gets upand walks in theoppositedirection. The YoungAdult, Lewis Woods, stepping away from the tenseencounter withthe YoungGirl, Amber Clough. Directed by Production Beacon Media Cast Jack Woods Designer Productions Amber Clough Written by Jack Woods In association Young Girl Jack Woods Music with Lewis Woods Director of Composer JRW Films Community Photography Jack Woods and Offender Jack Woods Make-up Realwatch Alan Woods Edited by Design Entertainment Middle aged Jack Woods Claire Clough man makes a link withthe young girl throughthe toys he offers and the flower he plants. The Most Beautiful Maninthe World the connectionisn’t reallythere’s just a brief interactionthroughliving creatures like the pet dog and the bug. The film has great cinematographyas wellas a 4:3 aspect ratio to make it feel more innocent. We see this film fromthe girl’s point of view, this is verysignificant as she is the protagonist, this contributes to the tension because we are ableto feel her love for the flower within the plot and it emanates to the viewer through the performance. This amplifies the anxietyand pressure of the piece because she trusts the communityoffender with the flower whereas we have no indication ofwhat he is going to dowithit. After the communityoffender plants the flower, I foundmyself sighing a breathof relief. This is because there was too much tensionbuilt up inthe scene. It was a verygood structure to the film andthe climax felt very rewarding, but I felt that onlyafter the endwhenhe picks his bagup and walks away. When we see the last shot of the flower plantedin the ground, we feelrelief because the girl is able to be happythat the flower is safe and it is in a place that it can stayfor the rest of its life. This film in the endis quite heart- warming andthisis an enjoyable piece offilm. This is a film made bydirector, Jack Woods, straight from the set of Redemption, his new short filmtakes place in the suburbs of London. Nature is under threat and a Young girl is on a missionto helpa flower. As innocent as this tale is, there is a lot oftension within the plot whenLewis Woods, playing a youth communityoffender, he approaches the girl curiously, and this causes tensionfor the crowd. Amber Clough gives a solid performance as the Young girl in the piece. In her film debut, she puts ina strong performance as the wordless girl, travelling around we see moving aroundthe place witha mixture of enjoyment, curiosity and worryall showitself to her expression. The films locationalso attributedto the wayemotion is felt about the actor, since it is a youngfemale who is alone in a forest witha potentiallydangerous person, it makes the audience feel uneasy. This film highlights the importance of teaching your childrenabout stranger danger as the Young girl goes through a journey, searching for a place to plant her flower whilst also coming across placesthat she is unable to plant her flower, however thisstops whenshe finds a place, the narrative is thencentredaroundthis place marking the end of her journey. The piece also challengesother key issues suchas environmental issues and how much people care about the greenery. It triesto highlight a lot of issues withinthe piece without feeling packed and bloated withthem. Altogether this is a solidpiece of cinematography, with standout performances from the two mainactors, Lewis Woods and Amber Clough. The direction and cameraworkis verywell choreographed. The piece brings to life a worst case scenario, creating tension while leaving you onthe edge of your seat throughout the whole encounter. It then delivers anendingof maturityand catharsis by allowing the characters to wordlesslyendthe interactionincomplete innocence. Jack Woods’ new film hasa definitive linkto the 2002 film, The Most Beautiful Maninthe WorldbyAlicia Duffy, this comes from the uneasymeeting of a thirdparty. However there are clear differences between the two. The first being the people themselves the offender inJack Woods’ film