Film: Just Ella

Published On February 7, 2014 | By Joe Gordon | Film TV & Theatre

Jim Munroe‘s Just Ella is an interesting little slice of short science fiction film, originally made for the Lo-fi Sci-fi 48 Hour Film Challenge. It’s only a few moments long with very little dialogue and yet it conjures up not just the atmosphere of a dystopian future where remaining humans take refuge in communal safe areas (and like many communes take turn at the various household chores), it creates quite an emotional feel in those few moments too, especially that final scene (no, won’t spoil it, just watch it and see what I mean). From the description:

Just Ella” posits a future overrun by gibbering monstrosities. Ella takes refuge in a “the Ossington Safehouse, a collectively-run space dedicated to human sovereignty.” But despite doing the assigned tasks on the chore list, the Safehouse isn’t safe — the terrors outside are nothing compared to those within.

Contains perhaps the first cinematic example of autocomplete used for a dramatic reveal.”

The movie has been doing the film festival circuit and is now available to watch online, while Jim is now creating a new project, Haphead, with some of the same crew and main actress from Just Ella – according to his site he’s also looking for more volunteers to help make it in the Toronto area. Looking forward to seeing what comes of his new project. (link via BoingBoing)

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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