Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most effective, and this is certainly the case with John Cunningham‘s short “BLT” which starts as a drama of sorts and rises to a blackly comic crescendo that cleverly builds on subtle hints placed throughout.
With only two actors, BLT tells the story of a businessman who encounters alcoholic homeless man in a back alley. The latter attempts to rob the former, but his weapon of choice is quickly revealed to be a banana rather than a gun. A conversation ensues between the two of them, with the businessman urging the homeless man to take responsibility for himself. The pair, naturally at odds with each other, debate the differences between them, neither prepared to accept the other’s point of view – and for a few minutes you might be forgiven for thinking the film was little more than a simple social drama.
But in the last few minutes, a dark twist (actually, make that two twists) takes place and the black comedy of the scenario catches up with both the characters, leading to a conclusion that feels straight out of Roald Dahl’s Tales of The Unexpected. Nothing is wasted in this tight short film, with the little details peppered throughout giving clues as to what is about to happen, but not giving the game away.
Check the short film out below and find out for yourself why BLT won Best Screenplay at the 15 Mins of Fame Festival, Winner of Most Surprising Ending at Zedfest 2013, and was also the winner of Outstanding Performance from the Lead Actors (also at Zedfest).
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