Like most 13-year-old boys, Jimbo (Brad Ashby) has that one girl he is crushing hard on, and despite there being this whole zombie apocalypse thing going on, he will do whatever it takes to win the affection of Sarah Jane (Mia Wasikowska).
Written by David Michôd and Spencer Susser (who also directed), I Love Sarah Jane is an Australian lensed short film that focuses on a group of children living their day-to-day lives in a world that has been ravaged by zombies.
While the details are minimal, the kids are left to their own device likely because their parents were killed at some point. To pass the time, some of the kids screw around with a captured zombie and do other things that kids without parents around are apt to do. But this is not the case with Jimbo, who is more concerned with spending time with Sarah.
I Love Sarah Jane looks at young love through the dingy windows of the zombie apocalypse, and does so in a way that is effective in its simplicity and genuine approach. The short features some very high production value with a backdrop that perfectly conveys a world ravaged by an apocalypse, all of which is brought to life by some great looking cinematography. Furthermore, the film has some incredible looking makeup effects on display, specifically with the short’s main zombie (non) threat.
I Love Sarah Jane clocks in at about 14 minutes, and it’s a wise way to spend 14 minutes of your time, as this is a fantastic little zombie flick that adds a level of humanity that’s doesn’t feel manufactured or generic. Check it out below, and then be sure to leave your thoughts afterwards.