Article Title:DVD review: Communication
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:16th November 2010 - 07:52 pm
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Text:Rudi Vodanovich and Alexander Campbell as Jacob and Andrew Anyone who has found themselves flung from a conservative background into the tumult of not only dealing with a same-sex relationship, but a massive age gap, will find New Zealand short film Communication both confronting and poignant. The Christopher Banks directed short, which has just been released on DVD, opens with a hauntingly sweet piano score introducing us to young Jewish man Jacob, who appears tiny as he walks towards a lofty suburban home, which we quickly learn holds towering memories. It is a painful return for Jacob and actor Rudi Vodanovich evokes pure dark and brooding turmoil as he slowly wanders through the home of a man he fell for; Andrew, a much older man, a man he never had the chance to reconcile his feelings for. As we are cast back into Jacob's memory, the filmmakers are clever in their creation of many sets, making the film seem like it was shot in multiple locations rather than chiefly at the producer Andy Jalfon's parents' house. This ethic is a feature of work from Auckland-based Number 8 Films, who aim to help up and coming filmmakers explore their talent and create beautiful gay-themed films on the best budgets they can raise. Number 8's films are far more polished than their means, with a gorgeous penultimate scene where the camera pans along the beach as Jacob runs desperate and broken, interspersed with haunting flashbacks, clearly evoking his realisation that perhaps with some loves, there is no closure to be had. Communication has won a number of audiences over, picking up awards at the QBliss Creating Change Community Awards and the Fort Worth International Gay   
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