Young Offender

Synopsis

A young woman with a criminal record needs a second chance.

Review

3/5
A touching drama about an ex-convict and her desire to be accepted into society.
Written and directed by Jillian Mannion, ‘Young Offender’ is a drama film that follows ex-convict Jade (Daisy Young), and her journey to secure employment. The film explores themes of isolation, guilt, grief, atonement and absolution. The entire film is shot using a smartphone and is set in Dundee, Scotland.

The 3-minute film opens with a breath-taking short of Dundee. ‘Suite bergamasque/Clair de lune’ by Claude Debussy, provides the musical soundtrack throughout. We are introduced to Jade (Daisy Young) as she observes city-life. ‘Young Offender’ has no live-action dialogue – the narrative is explained through vocal narration by the protagonist. Jade speaks of her “mistake”, and desire for someone to give her a chance. Jades explores recruitment by visiting local businesses for work – but her pessimism, and understandable reservations, limit her happiness. The film ends with Jade securing an interview. ‘Young Offender’ slightly dips into Jade’s family life, where she speaks of her father’s passing and her grief.

Young Offender Short Film
Jillian Mannion has created a touching low-budget short that will hopefully bring inspiration to similar individuals. The use of a narrative voice-over creates an intimate setting that aids empathy towards the character. Visually, cinematography is of an acceptable standard, despite being shot on a smartphone – which can limit a professional finish. Sound, editing and music are delivered in good quality. Daisy Young gives a praiseworthy performance as Jade – the audience will certainly empathize. Highly recommended viewing.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Jillian Mannion
Writer(s): Jillian Mannion
Cast: Daisy Young
Producer(s): Jillian Mannion
Director of Photography:
Editor(s):
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
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Specifications

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Coming-of-age, Crime, Culture, Grief, Hope, Loneliness
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021
Published in May 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Jillian Mannion
Writer(s): Jillian Mannion
Cast: Daisy Young
Producer(s): Jillian Mannion
Director of Photography:
Editor(s):
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Coming-of-age, Crime, Culture, Grief, Hope, Loneliness
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021
Collections:

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Young Offender

Synopsis

A young woman with a criminal record needs a second chance.

Review

A touching drama about an ex-convict and her desire to be accepted into society.

3/5
Written and directed by Jillian Mannion, ‘Young Offender’ is a drama film that follows ex-convict Jade (Daisy Young), and her journey to secure employment. The film explores themes of isolation, guilt, grief, atonement and absolution. The entire film is shot using a smartphone and is set in Dundee, Scotland.

The 3-minute film opens with a breath-taking short of Dundee. ‘Suite bergamasque/Clair de lune’ by Claude Debussy, provides the musical soundtrack throughout. We are introduced to Jade (Daisy Young) as she observes city-life. ‘Young Offender’ has no live-action dialogue – the narrative is explained through vocal narration by the protagonist. Jade speaks of her “mistake”, and desire for someone to give her a chance. Jades explores recruitment by visiting local businesses for work – but her pessimism, and understandable reservations, limit her happiness. The film ends with Jade securing an interview. ‘Young Offender’ slightly dips into Jade’s family life, where she speaks of her father’s passing and her grief.

Young Offender Short Film
Jillian Mannion has created a touching low-budget short that will hopefully bring inspiration to similar individuals. The use of a narrative voice-over creates an intimate setting that aids empathy towards the character. Visually, cinematography is of an acceptable standard, despite being shot on a smartphone – which can limit a professional finish. Sound, editing and music are delivered in good quality. Daisy Young gives a praiseworthy performance as Jade – the audience will certainly empathize. Highly recommended viewing.

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