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Broken Shelter

Synopsis

Tim and Jade’s relationship is over after Tim had had an affair with Jamileh, an Iranian woman who works in the shop below their apartment. On their last morning before Tim is due to move out, a terrorist attack erupts in their neighbourhood. With bloody scenes occurring on their doorstep, Tim rescues an injured cyclist with the help of a young girl as well as giving refuge to Jamileh in the apartment. Seemingly safe, a shocking turn of events tests their humanity to the limits.

Review

4/5
A tense thriller about a breakup and a terrorist attack.
Written and directed by Tim Hewitt, ‘Broken Shelter’ is a short thriller film that explores the relationship between an ex-couple during a terrorist attack outside their home. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith leads the cast as Tim, with Jaye Jacobs as Jade. Anabel Kutay stars as Tim’s love-affair, Jamileh. A chilling short that delves into themes of survival, love and race. The film is entirely shot using an iPhone.

The 13-minute thriller opens with Tim waking up on the sofa. Whilst discussing arrangements for his departure from their home, after a fling with a store worker (Jamileh), a loud explosion can be heard from the streets. Desperate to help, in any way he can, Tim attempts to rescue a wounded cyclist, his Muslim lover Jamileh, and a mysterious young woman (Amelie). The film takes a dark turn as Amelia is discovered to be wearing a suicide vest, sparking a gripping conflict of morality.

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Despite being a low-budget production, with iPhone cinematography, the film is delivered with admirable quality. Cinematography, sound and post-production are of a commendable standard – not widely seen with smartphone movies. The narrative is highly compelling, gripping and well-constructed from start-to-finish. Stand-out performances from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tim) and Anabel Kutay (Jamileh) will keep viewers engaged until the closing credits. Tim Hewitt has created an enthralling short with high drama, action and suspense. A riveting watch. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Tim Hewitt
Writer(s): Tim Hewitt
Cast: Anabel Kutay, Jaye Jacobs, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Lara Peake, Michael Jibson
Producer(s): Tim Hewitt
Director of Photography:
Animation (if applicable):

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Language: English
Year: 2021
Runtime: 13 min

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Tim Hewitt
Writer(s): Tim Hewitt
Cast: Anabel Kutay, Jaye Jacobs, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Lara Peake, Michael Jibson
Producer(s): Tim Hewitt
Director of Photography:
Animation (if applicable):

Specifcations

Genre: ,
Collections: , ,
Country:
Language: English
Year: 2021
Runtime: 13 min

Recommended

Broken Shelter

Synopsis

Tim and Jade’s relationship is over after Tim had had an affair with Jamileh, an Iranian woman who works in the shop below their apartment. On their last morning before Tim is due to move out, a terrorist attack erupts in their neighbourhood. With bloody scenes occurring on their doorstep, Tim rescues an injured cyclist with the help of a young girl as well as giving refuge to Jamileh in the apartment. Seemingly safe, a shocking turn of events tests their humanity to the limits.

Review

A tense thriller about a breakup and a terrorist attack.

4/5
Written and directed by Tim Hewitt, ‘Broken Shelter’ is a short thriller film that explores the relationship between an ex-couple during a terrorist attack outside their home. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith leads the cast as Tim, with Jaye Jacobs as Jade. Anabel Kutay stars as Tim’s love-affair, Jamileh. A chilling short that delves into themes of survival, love and race. The film is entirely shot using an iPhone.

The 13-minute thriller opens with Tim waking up on the sofa. Whilst discussing arrangements for his departure from their home, after a fling with a store worker (Jamileh), a loud explosion can be heard from the streets. Desperate to help, in any way he can, Tim attempts to rescue a wounded cyclist, his Muslim lover Jamileh, and a mysterious young woman (Amelie). The film takes a dark turn as Amelia is discovered to be wearing a suicide vest, sparking a gripping conflict of morality.

Broken Shelter Short Film e1657266558987
Despite being a low-budget production, with iPhone cinematography, the film is delivered with admirable quality. Cinematography, sound and post-production are of a commendable standard – not widely seen with smartphone movies. The narrative is highly compelling, gripping and well-constructed from start-to-finish. Stand-out performances from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tim) and Anabel Kutay (Jamileh) will keep viewers engaged until the closing credits. Tim Hewitt has created an enthralling short with high drama, action and suspense. A riveting watch. Highly recommended.

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