Swimming with Harold Holt

Director: Trevor Holcomb

Tagline: Story missing, presumed drowned

In this short, a man is fired from his job as a journalist as he can’t concentrate and has no motivation. The one thing that keeps him going is his obsession with the disappearance of Harold Holt, until one day he decides to join him buy going for a swim at Portsea himself.

While I liked the use of old TV news, radio and newspaper reports in this short, the rest of the movie was a mess and I couldn’t really follow what was going on.

The director seems to have been more concerned with what the film looked like, rather than making sure the story was any good.

I also couldn’t understand the main character’s justification for his actions as things always change. It is selfish to give up and kill yourself as it does not solve your problems and just leaves other people to deal with them.

Rating: 4/10


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