This is Vanity
directed by Oliver Goodrum
and written by Alexander Craig
is the first film in a possible trilogy of shorts which depict the tragic events that take place on a housing estate through the different perspectives of those involved. It was winner of Best Drama at Magnolia and Audience Choice at Bermuda and was nominated Best Short Film at Fingal and Official Selection at London, Brooklyn, Hoboken, Rochester and Emmentaler. This Is Vanity’ is the dark and tragic tale of a tiring mother who struggles to protect both herself and her disabled teenage daughter from the continual attacks of local adolescents. Repeatedly rebuffed and frustrated by the authorities, she ultimately turns to a far greater power than can be found on her failing human plane. Here’s what he had to say to shootingpeople.org
about how the project came about:
This is Vanity started when I came across an article on the BBC website, the headline read something like “Mother Kills herself and her disable teenage daughter in a horrifying act…..”. As soon I started to read the article, my initial opinion that the headline had lead me to make about the mother, started to change. What I experienced in reading the article was exactly what I wanted to achieve in the narrative and story telling of a short film.
Definitely, a must watch.