Tag Archives: Short film

Beyond weird: Phil Collins’ noir short film Calliope

You couldn’t make it up. And I haven’t. On a lazy YouTube Saturday (you know how they go), I happened across this genuine oddity starring Phil Collins (‘Sussudio’) as Jackson Dover, an unctuous thriller writer who creates a character – femme fatale Calliope – only for her to “come to life” and start blowing away his critics. Martin Jarvis (who I’ve only recently worked out is the spitting image of Geoffrey from Rainbow) gamely supports as Dover’s suave, Lego-haired, dickie-bowed agent.

It’s a kind of weird, wish-fulfilment, meta-noir that never quite manages to vault Collins’ innate smugness, and gets in a bit of a fangle towards the end due to its own clever-cleverness. But, you know what? It’s actually kinda fun (and keep watching to the end for a couple of great cameos, one of which connects it to Robert Altman’s The Player; a film it superficially resembles). Apparently it was made in 1993 as part of a film course at the Royal College of Art by director Alun Harris.

Credit to YouTuber (and massive Phil Collins fan, if his playlists are anything to go by) bastidiaz for the upload. Enjoy:

35mm: a graphic journey through the history of film

Check out this animated short by french graphic designers Felix Meyer and Pascal Monaco, which stands as a sort of a visual crossword for cinephiles. The artists crammed into two minutes their 35 favourites flicks, capturing the essence of each in sharp geometric shapes and minimalist sounds: a white triangle emerges as the iceberg from Titanic, two chromatic notes are the cue for Jaws, a bloody peace symbol encapsulates Full Metal Jacket, etc. It’s all very high concept and at times baffling, but definitely fun. I could identify about half of them after my first viewing, you probably can do better. Go!

Drawing Inspiration

Check out this beautiful animated short film from my ridiculously talented friend Steve Stamp and his equally brilliant colleagues.

With initial echoes of Michael Haneke’s Cache (Hidden), as well as Viz’ harrowing comic strip ‘Drunken Bakers’, Drawing Inspiration gradually reveals its lighter side to become a gentle, funny and moving story of an elderly park bench dweller and all-day drinker who rediscovers life in the face of youth.