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Ruffian

A heartwarming documentary about male mental health post COVID-19.
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Directed by Carlo Mole, ‘Ruffian’ is a short documentary that explores the objectives of a male barber in a post-COVID-19 society. The film examines the mental health of the young barber, his craftsmanship, and the interpersonal relationship he has with his clients. A heartwarming tale of creative anxiety, community support and brotherhood.

The 4-minute short, filmed blazingly by Max Montgomery, introduces us to a newcomer into the hairdressing profession. Inflicted by the COVID-19 lockdowns in the United Kingdom, the barber speaks about his mental fragility – sparked by isolation and fear of losing his handiwork. Thankfully, a hair styling mannequin was able to fill the creative gap. As lockdown rules relax, the barber returns to work at Ruffians where he finds himself in a new role – a comforting ear to his clients personal trials. A poignant piece of filmmaking that highlights the necessity of community life.

Carlo Mole has created an endearing documentary that acts as a salient awareness campaign to male mental health. The participating subjects deserve high praise for sharing their personal stories – showcasing the importance a trip to the barbershop can be to alleviate emotional fatigue. Cinematography, sound and post-production are of a cinematic standard – which is certain to keep viewers engaged with the topic at hand. Highly recommended viewing.

Brief Synopsis

A character portrait told through the eyes of a barber, as he battles with his mental health during lockdown. The film explores the importance of the barber shop as an emotional outlet for the community as it adapts to a post COVID-19 world.
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Director(s): Carlo Mole
Writer(s): Carlo Mole
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Producer(s): Carlo Mole
Director of Photography: Max Montgomery
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Runtime: 4 min

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Ruffian

A heartwarming documentary about male mental health post COVID-19.
5/5

Review

Directed by Carlo Mole, ‘Ruffian’ is a short documentary that explores the objectives of a male barber in a post-COVID-19 society. The film examines the mental health of the young barber, his craftsmanship, and the interpersonal relationship he has with his clients. A heartwarming tale of creative anxiety, community support and brotherhood.

The 4-minute short, filmed blazingly by Max Montgomery, introduces us to a newcomer into the hairdressing profession. Inflicted by the COVID-19 lockdowns in the United Kingdom, the barber speaks about his mental fragility – sparked by isolation and fear of losing his handiwork. Thankfully, a hair styling mannequin was able to fill the creative gap. As lockdown rules relax, the barber returns to work at Ruffians where he finds himself in a new role – a comforting ear to his clients personal trials. A poignant piece of filmmaking that highlights the necessity of community life.

Carlo Mole has created an endearing documentary that acts as a salient awareness campaign to male mental health. The participating subjects deserve high praise for sharing their personal stories – showcasing the importance a trip to the barbershop can be to alleviate emotional fatigue. Cinematography, sound and post-production are of a cinematic standard – which is certain to keep viewers engaged with the topic at hand. Highly recommended viewing.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

A character portrait told through the eyes of a barber, as he battles with his mental health during lockdown. The film explores the importance of the barber shop as an emotional outlet for the community as it adapts to a post COVID-19 world.
Ruffian Short Film e1669392089153

Credits

Director(s): Carlo Mole
Writer(s): Carlo Mole
Cast:
Producer(s): Carlo Mole
Director of Photography: Max Montgomery
Animation:

Specifcations

Genre:
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 4 min
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