Written by: Andrew J Parker
Written and directed by Daniel Harding at 23½ films,
Dinner with Mum tells the story of a mother (Meryl Griffith’s) who is attempting to have dinner with her daughter, only for everything to keep changing around her.
An emotionally power story which will surely touch home with many people, Meryl plays the intriguing story of a woman who is losing control of her surroundings as she descends.
This spectacular six minute short begins with the mum in her house as someone is knocking at her door, which she eventually opens to her daughter (Lucy-Jane Quinlan) holding flowers.
The story takes an interesting turn when the daughter points out its not her to forget the milk and makes a mention of her always having a list before questioning the meal since her mother has included chicken despite her not eating meat.
The confused and vacant facial expressions from Meryl in these early stages definitely set the tone for the structure of the story. She is then startled by the presence of a man (‘Josh’, played by Sam Alan) in her kitchen, posing the question of how long he’s been there whiles showing signs of confusion.
— To be continued in our June 2020 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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Film: Dinner with Mum