End of The Road - Worcestershire Film Festival

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End of The Road a short film I worked on back in January is being shown at Roots to Shoots' short film night at Theatre Absolute in Coventry on the 14th of November and is also being screened at the Worcestershire Film Festival, Saturday the 16th of November.

A bit about the film

‘End Of The Road’ is a short film set in a bleak, apocalyptic near future where a virus has spread from country to country and devastated the world, bringing mankind to the brink of annihilation.

Against this catastrophic background, we meet Chrissy (Fran Egan Kelly), sobbing and upset as she flees from the mysterious Trent (Richard Lee O'Donnell) who is determined to catch up with her and uncover the truth about their relationship. But Chrissy is fleeing from another, darker truth, and even as the world comes crumbling down around them, she eventually realises that there are some truths you simply cannot escape from but instead but must confront and face up to. ‘End Of The Road’ is a love story set in a cold, nightmarish world and tinged with a touch of tragedy and irony.

Review by Isabel Harridence

"What makes this film so effective in instilling discomfort and fear in its audience is that it plays on a fundamental human fear: infection. Unlike most horror films in which you could run away and escape from the monster, in End of the Road, the danger is inside you and once it’s there it’s impossible to escape. Also, the statistics at the beginning of the film stating the millions that died of real diseases like the Black Death and the mention of incurable diseases reinforces the fear that no-one ever wants to be faced with. However, the enduring relationship between characters Chrissy and Trent provides a glimmer of hope in spite of the chaos of the epidemic. Overall, these factors make End of the Road an incredibly affecting film and a must-watch."

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