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Friday, September 18, 2015

MUST SEE SHORT FILM "Tea For Two" Brings Tea, Fun & Comedy To Your Table!

"TEA FOR TWO" (2015)
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy
Length- 15:26
Company:  Pork Chop Pictures

Two young people (William Postlethwaite and Abigail Parmenter) walk into a cafe run by the unlikely pair of Jim (John Challis) and Alice (Amanda Barrie), completely oblivious to the fact that there's a whole lot more on the menu today than just a slice of cake and a cup of home brewed tea.

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"Tea For Two" is an impressive short comedy film from writer/director Mark Brennan and Pork Chop Pictures, and it's one of those rarities in this business: a short film that is funny, clever and has all its genre elements delivered just as well as any big budget production.

The script takes on some pretty weighty themes in its short running time: we're talking about missed opportunities, wasted years and the ticking down of hearts -- but then, deep thoughts aren't all that surprising in a good comedy.  Often, laughter helps us cope with the things that really bother us, deep down, and "Tea For Two" addresses those thoughts on a mature level.  It's never clever just to be clever, or cute for cuteness' sake.

The production values are also top notch, and the movie looks great.  The only thing that detracts from the visual experience is the natural light from outside the cafe, which created levels of brightness too high for the film and overexposed certain shots.  These moments are few and far between though and hardly affected my enjoyment of the picture.

The conclusion took me a second to grasp entirely, but once I realized what had just happened, it made perfect sense and I loved it.  Quite simply, "Tea For Two" is a huge success: it's funny, it's charming, it's well made and well acted and on top of all of that, it's well written.

"Tea For Two" is our third official Forest City Short Film Review MUST SEE SHORT FILM OF 2015!  While it's currently playing festivals, rest assured that as soon as I receive word that it's live on the Internet, I'll post a link here!

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 4 / 5.  The script is really smart, has a cute story and I loved how the fantastical elements played into it.  On the negative side, the suddenly menacing move our two leads took midway through the film didn't feel authentic.
Directing: 3.5 / 5.  Brennan puts on a competent show.  Nothing's showy -- it's all in service to the story, which I think was the right thing to do for this short film.
Editing: 5 / 5.  Carl Austin did a great job cutting this film together.  The pacing is perfect and the movie feels exactly how long it needs to be.
Sound/Music: 4 / 5.  Roly Witherow's score is fun and reserved.  The sound is professionally recorded.
Acting: 5 / 5.  Challis and Barrie are just quirky enough but not so much as to take away from the gravity of their situation.  Postlethwaite and Parmenter are both likeable in their roles.  James Hamer-Morton plays up the comic nature of his small role.

Final Grade: 4.3 / 5.

Check out the official website for "Tea For Two" and keep up to date on the film's progress through the festival circuit because you DON'T want to miss it!



Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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