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Author of Lies

A religious short that delves into two opposing poetic monologues.
2/5

Review

Directed by Chioma Ikpa, from a script by Ikpa and Esther-Rennae Walker, ‘Author of Lies’ is a short poetry film that explores the statement by Jesus Chris; “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The film, which consists of two opposing monologues, stars Chioma Ikpa and Esther-Rennae Walker, who deliver contrasting poetic sermons to Jesse (Chideraa Ikpa). The short explores themes of religion, cynicism, hope, society, family and love.

The 8-minute film opens with a powerful visual showcase of God’s blessing; companionship and love. The introduction is narrated by Philip Ikpa, before the tone takes a chilling gear change. The narrative focuses on a young man who desires love from a woman. The first poetic monologue speaks of an ungodly way of life, with the second showcasing an honorable existence – in line with religious teachings and societal norms.

Despite the narrative Christian backbone, the film can be appreciated irrespective of belief (or lack of). Chioma Ikpa and Esther-Rennae Walker have crafted a compelling short with awe-inspiring poetic versus. Ikpa and Walker’s intense performances are highly captivating and deserve praise. The monologue section is neatly crafted with fine cinematography and sound. Unfortunately, the weak introduction and the voice-over narration doesn’t do the rest of the film justice. The enchanting poetic monologues stand strong alone.

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Author of Lies

A religious short that delves into two opposing poetic monologues.
2/5

Review

Directed by Chioma Ikpa, from a script by Ikpa and Esther-Rennae Walker, ‘Author of Lies’ is a short poetry film that explores the statement by Jesus Chris; “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The film, which consists of two opposing monologues, stars Chioma Ikpa and Esther-Rennae Walker, who deliver contrasting poetic sermons to Jesse (Chideraa Ikpa). The short explores themes of religion, cynicism, hope, society, family and love.

The 8-minute film opens with a powerful visual showcase of God’s blessing; companionship and love. The introduction is narrated by Philip Ikpa, before the tone takes a chilling gear change. The narrative focuses on a young man who desires love from a woman. The first poetic monologue speaks of an ungodly way of life, with the second showcasing an honorable existence – in line with religious teachings and societal norms.

Despite the narrative Christian backbone, the film can be appreciated irrespective of belief (or lack of). Chioma Ikpa and Esther-Rennae Walker have crafted a compelling short with awe-inspiring poetic versus. Ikpa and Walker’s intense performances are highly captivating and deserve praise. The monologue section is neatly crafted with fine cinematography and sound. Unfortunately, the weak introduction and the voice-over narration doesn’t do the rest of the film justice. The enchanting poetic monologues stand strong alone.

Author of Lies Short Film e1665916794661

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