Short film review: It Ends in Love

It had its premiere screening at a Write Shoot Cut networking night at the end of last year and is now enjoying a run on the short film festival circuit, ‘It Ends in Love’ is the latest work of Edinburgh-based filmmaker Sean Young. Writing and directing a film that is hard to categorise, the piece crosses genres with ease and expertise to present a romantic drama which implements classic horror movie elements. Ryan John Monaghan and Aynsleigh Turner star as struggling couple Michael and Leah, who are forced to face their complex relationship issues when a mysterious masked man (Manjot Sumal) gets involved. The pair are attacked and kidnapped, finding themselves tied up in an abandoned city flat, and what might have began as a lover’s tiff quickly becomes a matter of life and death.
  A great example of how to tell a big idea story on a small budget, the experimental film efficiently uses claustrophobic camera-work and a chilling piano-laden score to create an intense atmosphere that closes in on Michael and Leah in their hour of need. Monaghan and Turner perform very well working with an emotive script that asks a lot of them as actors, and they offer a sense of realism even when their situation veers into fantasy. In what is a modest running time at just 12 minutes, Young impressively crafts a plot that metaphorically represents the key problems of relationships, particularly for those in their twenties, offering up a visually interesting take on a fractured bond. Dreamy flashback sequences are used to illustrate the boy-meets-girl bloom in the early stages, contrasting with their present terror. A twisted tale of Blue Valentine meets Hostel, ‘It Ends in Love’ is the antidote to romance and a love story to watch through your fingers.
For more information and production stills, visit the film Facebook page!

Short film review: The Muse

Muse -noun
  1. (Muse) (In Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences.
  1. A woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist: Yeats’ muse, Maud Gonne
In the creative industries, it is vitally important to always be inspired for each and every project you take on and fashion photographer Tim Walker has turned film director to explore this theme further. His piece, simply titled ‘The Muse’ features Ben Wishaw in the leading role, who rose to fame in 2012 after playing James Bond’s go-to-gadget-guru Q in Skyfall. He plays struggling artist Edward who is lost without his muse (Kristen McMenamy), and left to reflect over what he had, mourning his source of invention and imagination.
It is refreshing to watch Walker liberated from still photography to work with the moving image, and his strong visual style transfers beautifully across mediums. Each frame of the film is deliberated over and could easily be captured to go on display. Structurally, the minimalist narrative floats through in a wash of ambiguity, as Edward mopes about in despair, his internal monologue the only dialogue, while his mermaid muse gazes out of a water-tank in what are beguilingly fantastical-flashback-dream sequences. I feel that it could benefit from the accompaniment of an exhibition space to fully flesh out the thought process involved, but with the behind-the-scenes bundle available at, you can get access to the full film as well as stills, concept art, sketches and more!
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EIFF Kat H – McLaren’s Workshop Short

Cinema Perspective presents a locally made film created by Kat Hill. This super short animation was produced using a Norman McLaren workshop app as part of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. McLaren was a Scottish filmmaker who experimented with various animated artforms. His work has influenced artists and filmmakers alike, from Pablo Picasso to Richard Linklater.

Find out more about Norman McLaren by visiting his website…