We’ve seen our fair share of shorts around these parts, and we’re always on the look-out for more. Some hit the brief and others fall flat, and then there are some that leave you so intrigued that you just crave more and more, such is the case with Timothy Vandenberg’s latest short Agatha.
The film comes in at around 8-minutes in length and it’s a period piece, set in the 19th century. It follows a young orphan girl played by Louis Ogle, who has been hired with the task of feeding a mysterious old woman in the attic. But there are rules. The food must be placed on the table, one must not go past the table for any reason at all, speak or make a sound. The rules are very specific and the orphan girl agrees and proceeds in the hopes of receiving payment.
The orphan girl proceeds and does well, but with each trip her curiosity grows and with curiosity comes consequences. Just what lies in the attic, and will the orphan girl survive?
The film is very mysterious and one that holds a dark secret. It’s quite possibly one of the most beautifully shot shorts I have seen in some time. The lighting, the sound, the cinematography all work together in delivering a rather unsettling tale and Louis Ogle does an excellent job of portraying a frighted young orphan.
I’m not sure how they pulled it off, considering the micro-budget, but the costumes and the entire setting make you believe that this is in fact the 19th century. It’s a great short which not only leaves it open for interpretation for the viewer, but it also leaves it open to be expanded upon. And that, I believe, is what they’re planning to do.
I thought it was a beautiful piece, with great pacing, an intriguing plot and something truly sinister waiting for you to feast your eyes upon. If you get the chance and this one is playing at a festival near you, check this one out, I think you’ll love it.
Below we have the official teaser trailer courtesy of Fangoria, give it a watch.