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Short Film Corner with Rani: Wasp

One of my favorite short films is the Oscar winning 2003 short, Wasp, by British director, Andrea Arnold.

Grounded in the style of British Social Realism, Wasp shows a young struggling mother with four young kids. With every bad decision she makes, she is trying to be a good mom.

Andrea Arnold started her directing career with short and independent films. Her second feature film, Fish Tank, starred Michael Fassbender and went straight to Criterion Collection.

Her 2016 film, American Honey, won the jury prize at Cannes.

[Both American Honey and Fish Tank are available at Bracken Library, by the way!]

Recently, she has been directing for television including episodes of I Love Dick, Transparent, and the full second season of Big Little Lies.

Check out Wasp.

Originally written by Ball State English faculty member, Prof. Rani Crowe

Short Film Corner with Rani: Gowanus 83

I really love this 2011 short film, Gowanus 83. At eleven minutes, it is a great example of using genre in short film. It uses the tropes and genre conventions of a gangster film while making them fresh through comedy and specificity of character, plot, and world.

I admire the dialogue in this film. Reminiscent of Tarantino’s writing, it plays with genre expectations and comically subverts character stereotypes. Through comedic dialogue, the film creates the tension of the plot and reveals necessary backstory.

Lastly, Gowanus 83 utilizes the specificity of its world. By setting it in this neighborhood in Brooklyn, it allows the possibility of the interactions of all of these characters and invites the kind of chance and coincidence that can only happen in a city like New York.

Enjoy Gowanus 83!

 

 

Originally written by Rani Crowe