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Benny (2014) Online
Original Title :
Benny
Genre :
Movie / Short / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Year :
2014
Directror :
George Baker
Cast :
James Alexander,David Frias-Robles,Sebby Ghorbani
Writer :
George Baker
Budget :
£1,500
Type :
Movie
Time :
14min
Rating :
8.6/10
Benny (2014) Online

A distressed and emotionally unstable man is forced to reunite with his brother, in an attempt to bury their past. {locallinks-homepage}
Credited cast:
James Alexander James Alexander - Brother 1
David Frias-Robles David Frias-Robles - Brother 2
Sebby Ghorbani Sebby Ghorbani - Young Darren
Louis Town Louis Town - Young Richie

Both characters were actually given names during the pre-production and shoot of the film. James Alexander's character was called Richie and David Frias-Robles' character was called Darren. Their names were never revealed on-screen.

A student film that was created in the team's final year of University.

The soundtrack was influenced by Cliff Martinez's score for Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' (2011). The vocals performed by Floella Grace were influenced by the work of Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, particularly the soundtrack for Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' (2000).

Originally given the working title 'Scrambled Eggs'.

The 'pick-up scene' was originally scheduled to be filmed in the car park of 'Dreamland' in Margate, Kent. However the setting was changed at the last minute after the cast and crew stumbled across the underpass whilst en route to the original location.

The quick transitions during the breakfast scene pay homage to Edgar Wright's iconic technique, as demonstrated in 'Shaun of the Dead' (2004) and 'Hot Fuzz' (2007).

If you look closely you will be able to see a photo of Benny during the lounge scene at the start of the film.

Colour representation is heavily featured in the production design of the film. James Alexander's character is represented by the colour blue where as David Frias-Robles' character is represented by the colour red. For example the colour of their capes (during the flashback scene) matches the colour of the coats worn by the two characters throughout the rest of the film. This is also later demonstrated during the final scene when the characters place a red tennis ball and a blue toy bone in front of Benny's grave. James Alexander's character also pulls out a blue dog tag.

The ending of Benny has minor similarities to the ending of 'The Rover' (2014) starring Guy Pearce. This is a complete coincidence as Benny was filmed and edited months before the release of David Michôd's feature film.

A cover of 'Old Shep' by Johnny Cash can be heard during the freak-out scene. The lyrics are about the loss of a mans childhood dog.


User reviews

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Mmsa

'Benny' (2014) is a gripping short film that hooks you immediately. From the opening sequence to the unexpected twist, Benny uses a conventional but yet abstract approach of telling the story. Considering most of the film unfolds with very little dialogue, the two leading actors (James Alexander and David Frias-Robles) deliver very strong performances throughout. The soundtrack is also very atmospheric and works perfectly with the slow pacing of the film.

A good narrative with an unexpected twist! It's a short film that showcases the work of some very promising up and coming talent. Just watch it!