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  • Elise Paris

Review: Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours.

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

Hello lovely people,

Today I’m reviewing an independent film that you’re probably not familiar with, but you absolutely should be.

Writer and Director, Richard Anthony Dunford was kind enough to send me a private screener of his newest, no budget, DIY feature film, Drangonflies Only Live for 24 Hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The premise of this film begins with two ambitious detectives on a stakeout of a potential drugs ring. The story goes back and forth between this present day thread and revealing how they rapidly rose through the ranks of the police force, while investigating a suspected gang related murder with racial connotations. Lets just say, these less than honest cops don’t exactly follow the rule books to get where they want to be, and it leaves the audience feeling disconcerted about the protagonists.

The film's opening sequence raised a lot of questions in my head. A lot of who? What? Why? Later, my questions were answered in a clever and entertaining way which is exactly what you want from the crime drama genre.

This concept of establishing audience curiosity combined with a pretty strong background score, made for an intense cinematic experience. The film’s conclusion was probably my favourite part (as with most movies) because it kept me on my toes and had a well executed, satisfactory resolution concerning all the characters.

Though there were some plot points I found to be a tad unfeasible, the acting really helped push believability. Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours featured some professional and some emerging actors, but all were on top form. The two main actors, Karl Kennedy-Williams and Judson Vaughan had great chemistry and found a perfect balance between professionalism and companionship. I also really enjoyed watching Harriet Madeley, Christian Dapp, Bhrina Bache, Bhasker Patel and Faith Elizabeth. They evoked a perfect cocktail of emotion and entertainment between them.

What maybe impressed me most with this movie was the stunning cinematography. Some of the drone shots in particular were beautiful. The director clearly has an eye for the camera and knows how to use what is available to him to make DIY shots feel divinely cinematic. At times I forgot I was even watching a no budget, independent film.

Overall, I’m really impressed with what has been achieved by a skeleton cast and crew, a lot of hard work and passion, and a director with a vision. This self funded feature film is a demonstration of the possibilities for independent Filmakers and sets the bar high for us all.

Dragonflies Only Live For 24 Hours has been accepted into many 2019 film festivals so keep an eye out for this one and watch it if you get the chance.

Thanks for reading!

Elise.

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