Short Film Spotlight: Spider (2007)

Many will know David Michôd after he burst onto the filmmaking landscape with Animal Kingdom (2010). But by now it won’t be surprising to know that his origins lay in the short film. Acting as screenwriter for this film (directed and co-written by Nash Edgerton), Michôd actually offers a film with a different tone to the bleak feature that was to follow.

What’s clear from the short is Michôd’s ability to shock. As with the ending to Animal Kingdom, here the shock comes from being completely blindsighted as to what may happen. The device is pushed even further here with a double shock, though the second is farcical – something I didn’t enjoy first time around, but appreciated much more (within the confines and oft predictability of the short film) this time.

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