About – Elias (Joe Absolom) creates relationships, however he’s on the verge of falling in love with a stranger, Mary (Kerry Bennett). Meanwhile, although they have not met they are having a serious phone call discussing their love life and life itself.
‘Neon’ has been sent off to film festivals all around the world. Directed and written by Mark J. Blackman, he is based in London U.K. Working on successful short films that have won awards. This is his new short film, making this his eighth short with two being released shortly after ‘Neon’. He also has one more short film in post-production. For more information about Mark, check out his official webpage: http://www.mjblackman.com/
‘Neon’ is a science-fiction hybrid drama, fantasy, romance, thriller. Without any doubt this film falls into all these genres. With it being only fifteen minutes long there is a lot to consume. Using a phone call, flashbacks and reality, it creates an easier storytelling method rather than having characters meeting each time and then having flashbacks.
The way ‘Neon’ interacts with us and the characters is through two voiceovers, but with the same characters. We have the flashbacks and reality visually; however, we are telling our own story by what Elias and Mary are talking about. This helps the audience have a more connection with the characters, because we are having to use our own imagination while watching everything unfold. This nostalgia encourages us to use our own minds to tell the story not by the narrative. This is unusual within films however it is a stunning way helping the audience have that on-screen relationship with the characters and even the narrative.
With most of the dialogue being from voiceovers apart from two minutes at the end. This brings realism to the film, a modern-day take on how relationships carry out their interactions. Their concerns are being told through this phone call without even seeing each other. We can tell this is a strong emotional battle with one another, through the tone of their voices and Mary’s emotions visually.
Elias (Joe Absolom), is the main voice and protagonist that we hear and see. Elias ‘if that really is his name’ tries to stop speaking to Mary for reasons of his own. He is the creator for relationships and people’s reasons for meeting one another. Joe Absolom is known for his work in EastEnders from 1997-2000 and Doc Martin 2004-2015. This was a superb casting for this character. His deep smoky voice makes hairs stand on the back of your neck, this brings that unawareness and suspicion to his character. This is exactly what you want from this role. Superb character and casting, Elias makes you questions everything that he says and does, he makes you second guess everything that you already know about him.
Mary (Kerry Bennett), is the second main character. Mary is the character that is an independent woman, she works hard to get what she wants. Her duty is to progress this ‘relationship’ with Elias, however, this is where the journey for Mary begins. Kerry Bennett is well-known for being in Casualty 2015-2016 and Hollyoaks 2016-present. Kerry plays Mary in such a heated but sympathetic way. Kerry is a wonderful actress and ‘Neon’ brings this out of her. She brings raw emotion throughout the film which is fantastic, which leads us to have an emotional connection to Mary.
The score and the use of the neon lights enhances our viewing experience. The fascination of seeing something so simple being used, in this kind of way, it has such a big impact on you. The score and the lights have a sense of underground rave scene, this comparison of the score and lights make us fixate on the actual visuals while the narrative is being unfolded to get to the conclusion. This is very smart and professional to see, having these two positives, the blue lights and gentle tone, which makes this contrast enhance throughout this visual experience.
Finally, ‘Neon’ is a superb piece of art. The talented Mark J. Blackman has the professional touch to encourage his actors/actress to get the right amount of emotion and performance out of them. The score and the use of the neon lights make this film more visually pleasing. The modernism of the film, from clubbing, the use of phone calls and working in offices, brings out the realism of a modern-day relationship.