Mark, A young, gay actor has the looks, the ability, and the charisma to go all the way,
but the parts are just never right. In Mark's mind, there's only one man who can help him: James Francis -an older established writer whom he has never met. What starts out as ambition soon turns into obsession, with Mark slowly gatecrashing the life of
Written By: Adam Hughes
Directed By: Paul Cockcroft
Gatecrasher. Interesting enough name bringing images of the Hollywood movie Wedding Crashers to mind. However, aside from a title involving the word 'Crasher' there's really not much in common. So, after watching the 20+ minute film how did I think it stacked up? All I can say is: "Damn. There's so much talent in the world now it almost makes me want to vomit.". In a good way of course.
Writer Adam Hughes and director Paul Cockcroft bring us an interesting story on the dangers of wanting something so much, and so bad that it clouds all good judgement. But, like so many other films now days, this is not a comedy. It's a straight out, true life adventure that leaves us questioning how things may turn out. Does Marks budding obsession pay off? Well. You'll just have to watch the film when you can to find out.
On the technical side this is one of the best Indie (Excluding Independent stuff with 'Real' budgets) films I've seen in a while. Slick, polished and detailed. Gatecrasher plays as a 'How-To' film for editors, sound mixers, cameramen and colorists alike. Slick and polished. A very nice combination for any film, and for an Indie film, it's the icing on the cake for any serious person in the industry, including the cast. To all the crew behind the lens..... Excellent job! You've put something together that is simply awesome to watch and listen to. (Yes. The audio is great as well). Adding to what I just wrote, the writing of the characters lines is damn good as well. Gatecrasher never seems to come across as scripted or fake. And the characters seem to have their own personalities. Something that can be a real pain in the arse when writing. Excellent Adam.
Now, the acting itself. I'm not quite sure what to say since I could sum up my thoughts in two words. High Five! This film has some of the best acting I've seen in any Indie production. Hell, the cast put on a show that would rival some A-List actors! Really. You guys/gals have really taken this film and made it something great to watch!
All in all, Gatecrasher doesn't provide a plot that will make your head explode, but it's fresh enough to be interesting with a rather open ending you'll either love or hate. The spitshine of the post production, and the great acting really take this film to a level that I, think wouldn't have been reached with a less experienced cast and crew. I'd like to thank these guys for entertaining me for just under half hour. It was a real treat.
I humbly submit my review of Gatecrasher. 4.5 / 5.0. Watch it when you can.
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