Short Memories 3: Call Girl

Starring: Laurence R. Harvey, Tristan Risk

Writer: Eric Havens

Director: Jill Gevargizian

Love this poster!

Review by Darren Gaskell

A short film shot entirely from the unblinking eye (well, generally unblinking, apart from a few nicely-placed streaming glitches) webcam, this tells the tale of Ed (Harvey) and the events that unfold when his paid-for guest Mitzy (Risk) arrives at his place. Needless to say there are surprises in store for both of them…

I’m pleased to say that Call Girl is a rather fine short-form venture that you should track down. This was Jill Sixx’s directorial debut and it instantly flagged her up as a director to keep a close eye upon in terms of future projects. Given that Jill went on to The Stylist, 42 Counts and is about to unveil her latest work One Last Meal, that early promise has been fulfilled and then some.

So, back to Call Girl. What the devil did I enjoy about it? Hey, I’m glad you asked. Well, for starters, the acting’s first-rate from both players and I get the feeling they really enjoyed portraying their respective roles. Harvey’s just so much fun to watch here, initially chattering away to the webcam, giddily waiting for Mitzy to show up, then portraying just the right mix of barely-concealed excitement and awkwardness as he tries to be the perfect host.

Risk’s performance complements this superbly, slightly standoffish and a little cold at first but quickly trying her best to make Ed – and herself – feel at ease. The dialogue between them is brilliantly written, totally believable and you’re instantly drawn into the situation, wondering how it’s all going to play out.

Oh, come on. You don’t think I’m going to tell you what happens next, do you? You’re just going to have to watch it.

In addition, the set design is beautiful and gives the film an impressive, high-budget look. There’s a tremendous use of colour when it comes to both the location and the characters and this makes for some interesting contrasts, the undeniably striking Tristan Risk illuminating the frame, looking utterly stunning in a white dress, set against the gorgeous, luscious red of the walls and Harvey’s more sober blue and black attire.

Is it light versus dark? Good versus evil? If so, which character embodies which? Or is there something less clear-cut going on? Again, not telling you. Sorry. Didn’t you read that earlier paragraph? I’m telling you to see this movie! In short (pardon the pun), this is smartly scripted, excellently acted, twisted, surprising and, above all, a lot of fun.

And it’s only six minutes long! Come on – you’re not going to miss out on six minutes of Sixx, are you?

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