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5-Minute Long 'Best' Wins Sundance London Short Film Competition (Watch The 2-Minute Version)

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 18, 2013 10:44 AM
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Announced this morning by the festival, Best, a five-minute film from Surrey filmmaker William Oldroyd, was presented as the winner of the Short Film Competition for the second Sundance London film and music festival, which will run from April 25-28 at The O2. The film will screen as part of the official Short Film Programme at the festival.

The Short Film Competition was organized in collaboration with Sundance London organizers, including Sundance Institute, which annually hosts the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The winning entry was selected by two juries on either side of the Atlantic. The first included: Kate Kinninmont, Women in Film and Television; Chris Collins, BFI Film Fund; Freddie Gaffney, Ravensbourne;  Dave Calhoun, Time Out; and director / screenwriter Kat Lo. A second jury, organized by Sundance Institute, included: John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival; Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival; and filmmakers Francesca Gregorini and Roger Ross Williams.

In Best, with one man’s wedding moments away, he and his best friend confront their future.

Trevor Groth said:

“The other jurors and I were delighted to find in Best a succinct yet moving story that so cleverly exemplifies the tagline ‘The Time is Now.’  Terrifically framed images as well as stellar performances bring to life a story that impressively manages to be tender, raw, visceral and heartbreaking in under five minutes.”

I searched for the film online, and while I didn't find the full 5-minute short, I did find this 2 1/2-minute version (it would seem) on Vimeo. I can't say what more the 5-minute version included that this 2 1/2-minute version does not; but I think you'll be able to get enough of what the film is about from these 2 1/2 minutes.

The two actors are Jotham Annan and Terry Doe.

BEST from William Oldroyd on Vimeo.

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  • Christopher | April 18, 2013 10:27 PMReply

    I want my minute back! Horrible.

  • Oliver | April 18, 2013 12:38 PMReply

    Pretentious exploitation and Shock Art. Solid DP work and a downtempo performance has done an excellent job in masquerading vulgarity as art in this piece. Secret lovers kissing outside of a church before one of them is to be married -- art. Two people engaged in oral sex, an unsanitary kiss, and then a wedding – warrant-less vulgarity. I am sure black art has every right to be as disturbing as any other ethic groups, but does it have to be? If I told you that I was writing a book/script/play about a man who received a blow job from (who appears to be) his best man minutes before his marriage would I be A) fucking with you, or B) taking a depth physiological look at a social deviant (and that's putting it nicely). I believe many would side with A, but on the other hand I haven’t seen the other 3 minutes.

  • mawon | April 18, 2013 9:36 PM

    Somebody has a problem with oral sex. Or is it that it's two men that disturbs you? Too "deviant" for you? If you take away your clear, personal discomfort with men sucking other men's dicks, it's really not shock art.

    For me, I've never seen a more loving blow job. Oral sex, especially when done on a man, has a tendency to invoke submission or deviance when its done on the screen. But this is anything but that. I appreciate that.

  • Nikyatu | April 18, 2013 11:06 AMReply

    Simple. Succinct. Effective. Great Directing.

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