Directed and Written by Melissa Jean Woodside, PODSNAPPERY: A QUESTION OF CONCEPTION Is A Promising Laugh which actually shows the Edwardian era of England. The short film has an Alice In Wonderland touch to it including a bit of Woody Allen styled comics. Podsnappery, a word first used by Charles Dickens in his last novel ‘Our Mutual Friend‘ is a perfect choice for the title, as it shows the main character struggle between what he loves to do and achieve, and what his in laws want him to do. It is a sarcastic look into how the society at large treats some one with ambitions, and becomes an obstacle for that individual.
What stands out the most, is the vocabulary used in it. As the family shown is of royal descent, they all speak in a very sophisticated manner. There are some words used which are rarely in use in the present times, and as far as i think, have been made up, but don’t worry, meanings are provided within the film. But nonetheless, they will crack you up.
The story revolves around Jack (Matthew Tyrrell), who is an aspiring magician, and his estranged wife Gwendolyn’s (Melissa Jean Woodside) family, who are pressuring him to do something more respectable until an unexpected event changes their destiny. However, Jack still has to choose between his ambition and love.
The cast includes Mathew Tyrrell and Melissa Jean Woodside in the lead with Jennifer Munby in the supporting role and a special guest appearance by Jon Campling. The performances given are very comical, with good dialogue deliveries. Jamie Kingston has done the Edwardian era costume and set designing, with music provided by Sacha Puttnam the son of legendary producer David Puttnam (Chariots Of Fire). Cinematography has been done by Yahiya Mahmoud and Jack Morris.
PODSNAPPERY: A QUESTION OF CONCEPTION Is A Promising Laugh
Tags: Film Review, Short Film
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