And I Cried (2000)

Director: Cassandra Tytler

Tagline: Not coming soon...

One of my favourite things about getting old ex-rental videotapes are the previews on them as they are better than the movie sometimes. Videos from the early 1980s in particular are great as there used to be several video distribution companies that would put out all sorts of weird stuff. It is different these days with trailers online and at the movies as there is not that element of discovery.

This film takes this idea and builds on it by including a promotions for various imaginary films all called "And I Cried". Starting with old-style movie posters and leading into segments from previews for the movies, all giving the same message in different ways.

There were several different ones, but I liked the "Chuck" scene, which was a parody of the "Missing In Action" style movies. Also the spy one was good as it reminded me of an episode of the avengers.

What I also liked in the movies were the fake magazine covers of magazines aimed at teenage girls with all the images of beauty and being popular they send to children.
I don't really know that much about them myself though, as my sister would yell at me if I tried to read hers.

I wanted the short to go on for longer, but I know a lot of work went into it and it was great to see something different in a short, rather than the usual plot with a comic twist ending.

Hopefully I can see more work by this director in the future. I don't know if she has screened any of her work at Fitzroy Shorts, but I would like to see it (I am the reviewer for the night.) If I could get the chance to, I would like to see "Meatworks" as I hear that it stars the Town Bikes who are two of my favourite performers ever.

Rating: 8/10


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