Ghost Town

Synopsis

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

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.
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.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Writer(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Cast: David Hume
Producer(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Director of Photography: Dan Pegram-Brown
Editor(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
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Specifications

Genre: Experimental, Music
Subjects: Adventure, Anxiety, Apocalyptic, COVID-19, Depression, Exploration, Identity, Isolation, Loneliness, Mental Health, Psychology
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021
Publication Date:

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Writer(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Cast: David Hume
Producer(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Director of Photography: Dan Pegram-Brown
Editor(s): Dan Pegram-Brown
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Experimental, Music
Subjects: Adventure, Anxiety, Apocalyptic, COVID-19, Depression, Exploration, Identity, Isolation, Loneliness, Mental Health, Psychology
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021

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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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