Filmmaker Zack Russell and actor Kayla Lorette team up for another surreal short film with 7A.
Resembling a lost story from Netflix’s Black Mirror universe, Lorette plays a woman who is attempting to record a video of herself only to be interrupted by a repairman (Tom Rooney), and then an emergency drill. The test seems to be routine for the woman, but she’s forced to react in the moment when her well-being is at stake.
7A is inferior to Russell/Lorette’s breakout endeavour She Stoops to Conquer, but it’s because their latest is much more simplistic than a layered theme piece. Mind you, when compared, I believe they’re much stronger in an abstract element than an obscure one. However, with what the audience is given, 7A is a decent sci-fi short featuring an unpredictable ending and a memorable manic performance from Kayla Lorette, who continues to prove herself as a versatile performer.
7A screens at TIFF as part of Short Cuts Programme 6 on:
Sunday, September 9 at 9:45 p.m. @ Scotiabank Theatre
Monday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. @ Scotiabank Theatre (press and industry)
Saturday, September 15 at 9:15 p.m. @ Scotiabank Theatre
Subtitled on Select Films
Runtime: 95 minutes
For more information on the festival, visit the official TIFF webpage here.
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