Day of the Decaf- a long overdue review

So, after a short hiatus, I am back! Without really any excuse, I sit here with my gingerbread latte, writing about the wonderful Day of The Decaf festival, that I have left for far too long ( I’m so sorry.) 

Even so, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it- it was genuinely such an exciting night for creatives of Shrewsbury. Walking into the Alberts Shed, I was hit by the thick buzz of the enthusiasm and excitement of the filmmakers, pre-empting how special the films would be.  Aaron just created such a special environment and opportunity to showcase new talent  and simultaneously produced a platform to support local businesses’, of which he mentioned in a previous interview, that coffee shops are places he is very fond of because of the many creatives ‘gravitate’ towards them. 

It was so interesting how many different takes on the criteria the young aspiring filmmakers conjured with the aspect of zombies and coffeshops in mind. The themes ranged from old style Mexican, classic horror and a John Lewis Christmas advert-esque. The films were judged by Aaron Child himself and the one and only zombie-King, Charlie Adlard; with categories in Best Actor (Sam Gwilliam), Best Original Screenplay (Plantkind), Best Special Effects (The Greenwood Cafè, Matthew Addis), Best Dead Actor and Runner up to Best Film (The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, Harry Fisher),- AND finally, The Best Film, Editing and Makeup went to Katie Romney and The Alberts Shed. 

The grand prize was so well deserved by Katie and her team- picture a trip, psychedelic horror with plenty of gore and a thriller dance break. Katie just executed such an edge and an uncomfortable atmosphere from her short that was totally unique to the rest of the line up- with a clear collaborative, community vibe, I totally agree with the outcome.

Unfortunately, I’m aware of where the bias comes in with Harry’s film, as I am well recognised to work at The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, however, I would say this was one of my favourite short of the night. It was just so bloody heartwarming (pardon the pun.) The warm tones used throughout the film reflected the tone of the audience heartstrings being pulled at the lovely tale of a misunderstood zombie, trying to be accepted as an outcast of society- and of course my character being portrayed as the “good-guy” doesn’t go a miss! 

I thoroughly enjoyed Cameron Reed’s dry humour, executed by Sam’s sarcastic acting style, it made the whole room smile- and I really believe that it was such a well filmed, well put-together, organised film. I’m so glad that he decided to platform his work, and I’m excited to see where he will go.

Being the first film that the Plantkind team have produced, I was really pleasantly surprised by the professionalism and execution of the whole picture. The score was terrific and the collaboration with Charlie Allard was genius. I would really be down to see anything the produced in the future. 

A staggering turn out to contribute towards The Alberts Shed short

And last but not least, I can not forget   my favourite film of the night, purely for the storyline/ humour. The uneducated, zombie barista made me feel so grossed out watching him munch coffee beans in his mouth and his special effect hand was so gracefully executed by Matthew Addis, had me in stitches; watching him get so disappointed with himself overtime he got it wrong. It was hilarious, I loved it.

Matthew and The Greenwood Cafè team

Cameron Reed and Ginger and Co. in full flow!

Harry Fisher and The Coffeehouse cast and technicians

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