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Lifeline

A poignant drama that delves into suicide, grief and mental health.
5/5

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Written and directed by L. Marcus Williams, ‘Lifeline’ is a short drama film that delves into one woman’s avidity to end her life. The film centres around Iris (Katlin Leslie), a grief-stricken suicidal, and her telephone conversation with Ray (Dan Parilis) – a crisis hotline specialist. The film is constructed in split screen with black and white cinematography throughout. A poignant narrative that is enhanced by the use of long continuous shots. A deeply moving watch.

The 17-minute drama opens at the bathroom mirror, where Iris is fixated on prescription medication. Before the act of ending her life is undertook, she decided to call a suicide prevention hotline to say her final goodbye. During a mournful conversation with Ray, who is new to the job, we learn of her anguish caused by grief – something they both have in common. Iris and Ray find unlikely solace in each other’s history – but will it be enough to turnaround her suicidal tendency? A captivating watch from the offset.

L. Marcus Williams has created a riveting film that will strike an emotional chord with the audience. The use of long continuous split-screen cinematography aids the poignant acting delivery – which may other wise be slender. Huge praise to Katlin Leslie and Dan Parilis for their blazing performances – a huge emotional undertaking with gleaming results. An interesting narrative examination was the inclusion of highlighting the choice of suicide as an act of empowerment – a probing idea that many survivors will have resonance with. Cinematography, lighting, sound and post-production are of high cinematic quality. ‘Lifeline’ is an important piece of filmmaking that may bring salvation to the hopeless. Highly recommended.

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Lifeline

A poignant drama that delves into suicide, grief and mental health.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by L. Marcus Williams, ‘Lifeline’ is a short drama film that delves into one woman’s avidity to end her life. The film centres around Iris (Katlin Leslie), a grief-stricken suicidal, and her telephone conversation with Ray (Dan Parilis) – a crisis hotline specialist. The film is constructed in split screen with black and white cinematography throughout. A poignant narrative that is enhanced by the use of long continuous shots. A deeply moving watch.

The 17-minute drama opens at the bathroom mirror, where Iris is fixated on prescription medication. Before the act of ending her life is undertook, she decided to call a suicide prevention hotline to say her final goodbye. During a mournful conversation with Ray, who is new to the job, we learn of her anguish caused by grief – something they both have in common. Iris and Ray find unlikely solace in each other’s history – but will it be enough to turnaround her suicidal tendency? A captivating watch from the offset.

L. Marcus Williams has created a riveting film that will strike an emotional chord with the audience. The use of long continuous split-screen cinematography aids the poignant acting delivery – which may other wise be slender. Huge praise to Katlin Leslie and Dan Parilis for their blazing performances – a huge emotional undertaking with gleaming results. An interesting narrative examination was the inclusion of highlighting the choice of suicide as an act of empowerment – a probing idea that many survivors will have resonance with. Cinematography, lighting, sound and post-production are of high cinematic quality. ‘Lifeline’ is an important piece of filmmaking that may bring salvation to the hopeless. Highly recommended.

Lifeline short film e1664486362201

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