Film Studies graduate Sarah Gershon serves up a dark comedy in her short film It's Ironic, a tale of "greed, vanity, seduction and the power of class", as its trailer describes.
The thirty-minute short film centres on John (Ron Arthurs, Red Hood: The Fallen) and Reeva (Lynda Hunt) Leighton, a married couple in their sixties from a well-to-do background, and their housekeeper Pollina (Nada Dilevska, Sinking Ships), who seems to have a thing for John. Reeva is a social butterfly who loves splurging on the latest dresses, much to John's exasperation. He gets some comfort from Pollina, who appears to be having a sinister agenda of her own. Things come to a head at the cliffhanger ending, which depicts Reeva's supposed death in a freak accident, hence the title.
Although this is Hunt's first acting gig, her performance as the extravagant Reeva has been laudable and professionally executed. Dilevska delivers a great portrayal of Pollina, the sultry housekeeper whom John cannot get his eyes off. Arthurs seems completely at home with his character John, Reeva's long-suffering husband whose money she has been spending recklessly. Given a larger story line, it would have been likely that character development would have been expanded, and Pollina revealed to be the villainess she is meant to be.
The premiere was held outdoors at the Northbridge Piazza as a free community event. It was a unique experience lounging on a beanbag under the stars watching It's Ironic on an outdoor screen. Thankfully, the weather had been kind to all present. Earlier bad weather forced the change of venue as the screen at the original location suffered water damage.
Director: Sarah Gershon Writers: Sarah Gershon, Alex Clark, Vlad Kleshnev Composer: Sam Garrone