Withdrawal

Synopsis

After suffering a near fatal overdose, Kyle Richardson’s secret is revealed to those closest to him: he’s a drug addict. With this secret now revealed, Kyle decides it’s time to quit and must find a way to overcome his addiction before it takes him over.

Review

4/5
A gripping drama that explores drug addiction.
Written and directed by Jacob Harding, ‘Withdrawal’ is a short drama film that delves into one man’s struggle with drug addiction. Judah Fox leads the cast as Kyle, an aspiring actor whose career prospects and relationship is tested after a near-fatal overdose. Megan Grant co-stars as his suffering girlfriend, Lauren. Sam Harding completes the cast as his toxic flat-mate. ‘Withdrawal’ gives viewers an unflinching account of the trials of addiction. A captivating watch from start-to-finish.

The 24-minute film opens with Kyle and his girlfriend rehearsing a film script. Upon securing an audition for a role, his euphoria leads him to taking cocaine and heroin, under the influence of his roommate. The next morning, the day of the audition, Lauren discovers he has overdosed on the floor of his apartment. The narrative follows their conflict, his unhealthy friendship with his flat-mate, and his attempt to get clean.

Withdrawal Short Film
Jacob Harding has delivered a gripping short that doesn’t shy away from exploring the complexity of addiction. The film explores our protagonists inner-demons, his abusive friendship, and his supportive girlfriend. Judah Fox’s portrayal as Kyle rewards audiences with an authentic reality of the secret life of an addict. The entire cast delivers exceptional performances throughout. Cinematography, lighting, sound and post-production are of a cinematic quality and highly commendable. A well-constructed short with an important message. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Jacob Harding
Writer(s): Jacob Harding
Cast: Judah Fox, Megan Grant, Sam Harding
Producer(s): Dana Harding, Jacob Harding, Michael Harding
Director of Photography: Nathan Andrukonis
Editor(s): Jacob Harding
Animation:
Sound: Josiah Knuth
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifications

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Abuse, Addiction, Depression, Drugs, Friendship, Guilt, Mental Health, Psychology, Relationships
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2021
Publication Date:

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Jacob Harding
Writer(s): Jacob Harding
Cast: Judah Fox, Megan Grant, Sam Harding
Producer(s): Dana Harding, Jacob Harding, Michael Harding
Director of Photography: Nathan Andrukonis
Editor(s): Jacob Harding
Animation:
Sound: Josiah Knuth
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Abuse, Addiction, Depression, Drugs, Friendship, Guilt, Mental Health, Psychology, Relationships
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2021

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Withdrawal

Synopsis

After suffering a near fatal overdose, Kyle Richardson’s secret is revealed to those closest to him: he’s a drug addict. With this secret now revealed, Kyle decides it’s time to quit and must find a way to overcome his addiction before it takes him over.

Review

A gripping drama that explores drug addiction.

4/5
Written and directed by Jacob Harding, ‘Withdrawal’ is a short drama film that delves into one man’s struggle with drug addiction. Judah Fox leads the cast as Kyle, an aspiring actor whose career prospects and relationship is tested after a near-fatal overdose. Megan Grant co-stars as his suffering girlfriend, Lauren. Sam Harding completes the cast as his toxic flat-mate. ‘Withdrawal’ gives viewers an unflinching account of the trials of addiction. A captivating watch from start-to-finish.

The 24-minute film opens with Kyle and his girlfriend rehearsing a film script. Upon securing an audition for a role, his euphoria leads him to taking cocaine and heroin, under the influence of his roommate. The next morning, the day of the audition, Lauren discovers he has overdosed on the floor of his apartment. The narrative follows their conflict, his unhealthy friendship with his flat-mate, and his attempt to get clean.

Withdrawal Short Film
Jacob Harding has delivered a gripping short that doesn’t shy away from exploring the complexity of addiction. The film explores our protagonists inner-demons, his abusive friendship, and his supportive girlfriend. Judah Fox’s portrayal as Kyle rewards audiences with an authentic reality of the secret life of an addict. The entire cast delivers exceptional performances throughout. Cinematography, lighting, sound and post-production are of a cinematic quality and highly commendable. A well-constructed short with an important message. Highly recommended.

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