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Sredni Vashtar (2003) Online
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Sredni Vashtar
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Movie / Short / Thriller
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Directror :
Angela Murray
Cast :
David Kinnaird,Fergus Nimmo,Sian Thomas
Writer :
Hector Hugh Munro,Angela Murray
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Young Conradin prays to an imaginary deity that he be freed from the guardianship of his virago aunt. His prayers are answered.

Sredni Vashtar (2003) Online

Young Conradin prays to an imaginary deity that he be freed from the guardianship of his virago aunt. His prayers are answered.
Credited cast:
David Kinnaird David Kinnaird - Dr. Rankin
Fergus Nimmo Fergus Nimmo - Conradin
Sian Thomas Sian Thomas - The Aunt

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A young boy, terminally ill with only a few years to live, is forced to spend his remaining years with a strict aunt in Scotland. He has frequent memories of happier times with his parents before they died and left him alone. His new home is cold, strict, religious and distant, but something else is in the home, something that he has learnt from his past, something that he can control.

Opening with a creepy minute of uncertainty this film then tells us enough about the boy's past to be able to get a grip on what we think is happening.

The flashes of outlines of drawn beast give us the suggestion of what is in the shed and, although we never see it, this is more than enough to create a creepy air to the film. The atmosphere created by the story is wonderfully supported by the delivery, which is great in the area of direction, costume, sets and animation. The whole house has a cold air, the costumes are repressed and constraining and the sets are barren with no luxuries of any sort. The animation gives away that this is a low budget affair but it still works. Of course in terms of plotting I have little clue what was in the shed specifically or any other details but, for me, this was more about atmosphere than anything else.

The director works well to keep things mysterious but also tense, and we are never sure what the problem is but we feel uncomfortable anyway. The cast also help; the boy is scared but also in control and scheming, the aunt is part of the whole cold and repressed atmosphere and she delivers well. The boy's mother is only in it briefly but her bright, flowing performance (as well as the colour used in her scenes) really help contrast to the present day.

Overall this is a slight film that is light on plot and will not give full answers to anything but it does have a great atmosphere. It looks creepy and foreboding with a real sense of dread built into it (of who or what we're never sure) and for that alone this is worth seeking out.
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I have seen Sredni Vashtar only once but was captivated by this new young actor, Fergus Nimmo. His prowess on camera awe struck me. A young actor with undoubted talent, he has a bright future in acting. The programme is perfect for the quirky midget Nimmo, with his weirdness portrayed brilliantly by the director. I urge anyone to watch this mini programme; it will change your life. After watching this, i was compelled to watch more Nimmo classics such as The Choir (2003: 8/10) and a mini series of which he co-starred called Shoebox Zoe (2004/2005: 9.7/10) In short, young Scot Fergus Nimmo shows more talent than any other Scottish actor since Sean Connery and will definitely be up there with the best in a few years.


I was the designer on this short and I'd just like to clarify something. From what I can make out, there was a fairly mixed reaction to the "animation" sections in the film. For the record, these sequences were actually shadow puppets. They were made using three layers of live action puppetry; a semi opaque red background and two adjustable foregrounds. We used this technique to reflect Conradin's exotic childhood. I'm not telling you what kind of animal was used in the film but I have to say it was one of the most professional I have had the pleasure of working with.