Okay guys – I’m back!!!
Sorry for the silence over the last couple of weeks, I’ve got a load of new reviews to get through but unfortunately I’ve been at death’s door due to a virus my son brought home (been completely wiped out!).
Anyway, enough sympathy hunting – time to get down to business!
Today we’ll be looking at a little British gem I stumbled across about a month ago during an online apartment hunting session around London (I know, I know – I was equally surprised!).
I ended up on a sort of London based art review site by accident and a small review was banging on about a film from local based director Grigorij Richters.
I gave it a quick scan over and realized it was indeed a Found Footage based effort. So I started up Kodi and found it within a couple of minutes (it’s housed on the Exodus add-on).
Damon Miller is a filmmaker grappling with the pressures of an impoverished profession and a dissolving relationship. One routine assignment will change his life as he is involved in the disturbing research into Near-Earth Objects.
I often find that Found Footage films that manage to cover a unique idea stand out with style – no matter what their budget level or starting position.
Just recently I was lucky enough to review House of Labrys which is managing to make more than a few waves due to it’s brave and original plot idea (you can find it in the Free Found Footage Cinema Section of this site!).
You see, budget really doesn’t matter if you manage to cover something fresh and unsuspected – things sort of take care of themselves.
51 Degrees North introduces us to the concept of Asteroids, or, what are also known as, Near-Earth-Objects, (NEO’s).
Yeah I know what you’re thinking – oh sh#t another Bruce Willis moment saving the Earth…but this is a very different beast (I promise!).
This was a very thought provoking piece of film making which succeeds in bridging the hybrid cross between documentary and drama.
I’ve spent various periods of my life living in London and it was pretty awesome to see so many of the lesser-known landmarks pop up in this film.
I was also impressed by the bleak undercurrent that ran through the film – if you’re looking for laughs or emotion…this is NOT the film for you.
It’s a no-nonsense look at London through the lens when the world has come to terms with extinction.
I have heard rumors that this film was actually showcased on ‘Asteroid Day’ at the Science Museum in London, on the IMAX screen (it took place during June 2015 apparently!).
This was a pretty cool move as it’s initial audience were already Science Fiction geeks – what a clever way to gain lift-off and support in one swipe of the sword!
For a first attempt at Found Footage (AND filmmaking in general) this was an extremely impressive project – it may sometimes struggle with pacing but it sets itself a lot of challenges and succeeds admirably at most.
A real little-known British gem that I enjoyed immensely – not a blockbuster but well worth an hour or so of your time.