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Pictures Only

Female empowerment and race intertwine in this stylish short set in the 50s.
5/5

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Directed by Charles A. Honeywood, from a screenplay by Honeywood, Rachel Soland and Kheirra M. Peggs, ‘Pictures Only’ is a short drama film set between the Emancipation and the Civil Rights movement of the 50s & 60s. Deja Anderson Ross stars as Louise, a young black woman who turns to Burlesque dancing after losing her job. Jessica Gillespie co-stars as Josephine – Louise’s friend/roommate. The film tastefully explores themes of race and female empowerment.

The 20-minute film opens as Louise returns home from losing her job. She confides with best friend/roommate Josephine – who recommends her a waitressing job at “Mr Bookers”. Her desperation escalates when a tenancy notice declares a 60% rent increase. Josephine (Gillespie) doesn’t shy away from stating racial discrimination as the cause – which sparks a determination and fight in Louise. Despite potential outcry from her local community, Louise embraces her new career with pride.

Visually, ‘Pictures Only’ is a gorgeously filmed short – with spectacular cinematography and production design (stylishly 1950’s) throughout. Charles A. Honeywood and his cast/crew have delivered an empowering film with praiseworthy performances from the entire cast. Narritavely, the storyline is flawless – boldly highlighting Americas dark past with a victorious ending. A charming, albeit powerful film. Highly recommended.

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Pictures Only

Female empowerment and race intertwine in this stylish short set in the 50s.
5/5

Review

Directed by Charles A. Honeywood, from a screenplay by Honeywood, Rachel Soland and Kheirra M. Peggs, ‘Pictures Only’ is a short drama film set between the Emancipation and the Civil Rights movement of the 50s & 60s. Deja Anderson Ross stars as Louise, a young black woman who turns to Burlesque dancing after losing her job. Jessica Gillespie co-stars as Josephine – Louise’s friend/roommate. The film tastefully explores themes of race and female empowerment.

The 20-minute film opens as Louise returns home from losing her job. She confides with best friend/roommate Josephine – who recommends her a waitressing job at “Mr Bookers”. Her desperation escalates when a tenancy notice declares a 60% rent increase. Josephine (Gillespie) doesn’t shy away from stating racial discrimination as the cause – which sparks a determination and fight in Louise. Despite potential outcry from her local community, Louise embraces her new career with pride.

Visually, ‘Pictures Only’ is a gorgeously filmed short – with spectacular cinematography and production design (stylishly 1950’s) throughout. Charles A. Honeywood and his cast/crew have delivered an empowering film with praiseworthy performances from the entire cast. Narritavely, the storyline is flawless – boldly highlighting Americas dark past with a victorious ending. A charming, albeit powerful film. Highly recommended.

Lola Still 2 e1651756558210

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