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By Any Other Name

A gripping thriller that delves into the chilling underworld of sex trafficking, weaving a heart-wrenching tale of a missing deaf girl.
5/5

Review

Daniel Deville’s short thriller immerses viewers in the dark underbelly of London’s underground crime, drawing inspiration from true events. The narrative unfolds on two fronts, offering a poignant glimpse into the current life of a vulnerable missing girl (portrayed by the talented Lauren Planner). As a deaf girl under the control of the menacing Tommy, compellingly portrayed by Duncan Pow, she leads a dual life – a street-performing clown in Leicester Square by day and a victim of exploitation by the elite at night.

The parallel storyline follows the relentless pursuit of answers by her sister, Diane, played with depth by Jade Anouka, and the determined investigator, portrayed by Avita Jay. The film weaves a hard-hitting yet heartwarming tale of reunification, unflinchingly exposing the ruthless criminal underground and the brutality of the sex trafficking industry.

The performances, particularly Anouka’s, are nothing short of incredible, capturing the emotional nuances of a sister grappling with the shadows of a criminal underworld. Moritz Mössinger’s cinematic cinematography is breathtaking, skillfully framing shots that capture the essence of London’s heart.

What sets this film apart is its commendable and noteworthy commitment to a 50:50 collaboration between the deaf and the hearing. This collaboration adds authenticity to the portrayal of deaf characters, enhancing the overall impact of the narrative. Beautifully crafted, this short film is a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of a disturbing reality, leaving a lasting impression on its audience.

By Any Other Name Short Film

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