Ghost Town

Synopsis

A man questions his reality after answering a mysterious phone call from a stranger.
Ghost Town - Short Film

Review

3/5
An experimental tale about mental health in the current climate.
Written and directed by Dan Pegram-Brown, ‘Ghost Town’ is an experimental music film that follows an isolated man (portrayed by David Hume) who battles with his most inner thoughts. The 5-minute short, filmed in black and white and without dialogue, explores the theme of mental health – reflected by an “unknown caller” on a smartphone. Throughout the short film, the audience learns of the self-deprecating messages that are supposedly coming from the caller – they are however the negative and depressive thoughts our lead is experiencing.
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The use of black and white cinematography aids the viewer into our leads emotional despair; however, the protagonist intimate emotions are rarely captured. Without the onscreen text to guide the narrative, we would be none-the-wiser of the characters thoughts and feelings. The soundtrack, also composed by Dan Pegram-Brown, rewards viewers with a consistent melody on a loop – perhaps to showcase the never-ending suffering and isolation of the character.

‘Ghost Town’ was created to show the toxic conversations we have with ourselves, particularly during moments of anxiety, depression and isolation. Dan Pegram-Brown has created a nice low-budget short that delivers in its goal and that should be applauded, unfortunately David Hume’s performance doesn’t quite match the narrative.

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Ghost Town

Synopsis

A man questions his reality after answering a mysterious phone call from a stranger.

Review

An experimental tale about mental health in the current climate.

3/5
Written and directed by Dan Pegram-Brown, ‘Ghost Town’ is an experimental music film that follows an isolated man (portrayed by David Hume) who battles with his most inner thoughts. The 5-minute short, filmed in black and white and without dialogue, explores the theme of mental health – reflected by an “unknown caller” on a smartphone. Throughout the short film, the audience learns of the self-deprecating messages that are supposedly coming from the caller – they are however the negative and depressive thoughts our lead is experiencing.
Ghost Town - Short Film
The use of black and white cinematography aids the viewer into our leads emotional despair; however, the protagonist intimate emotions are rarely captured. Without the onscreen text to guide the narrative, we would be none-the-wiser of the characters thoughts and feelings. The soundtrack, also composed by Dan Pegram-Brown, rewards viewers with a consistent melody on a loop – perhaps to showcase the never-ending suffering and isolation of the character.

‘Ghost Town’ was created to show the toxic conversations we have with ourselves, particularly during moments of anxiety, depression and isolation. Dan Pegram-Brown has created a nice low-budget short that delivers in its goal and that should be applauded, unfortunately David Hume’s performance doesn’t quite match the narrative.

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