REVIEW BY MARYD
Renee premiered her new short film which she wrote and directed at the 2009 Xena
Convention. It would be very true to say that those in attendance were
spellbound and moved by the film. It's not a light hearted movie. It's short,
sharp and deeply emotional.
The movie is about a man who takes his father on one last journey to fulfil his
father's dying wish. I sat there and was absolutely spellbound by the depth of
this story. Without giving away the ending (it would
be a disservice to Renee and the rest of her team to do so), I thought it was
very powerful. The theme of parental abuse and the repercussions to the abused
is a powerful statement about how the characters handle the betrayal of trust.
Renee has grown as a director (her acting is as fantastic as ever) and her
writing was so deep. I was very impressed by her writing. It was powerful and it
made you feel; that is the goal of any writer - if your reader or in this case
your audience has a reaction to what they see, then you have achieved your goal.
Many in the audience could relate to Charles, the main character played by Jed
Sura, and the feelings brought to the surface
by this film was raw and heartfelt. Renee's son, Miles, was also in this film as
Charles as a young boy. He did a very good job in
his first acting role.
I found it personally very difficult to watch and yet couldn't look away. It
touched a raw nerve that stayed with me hours after I had
Words Unspoken will force you to question, to debate and to feel deeply.
Written by: Renee O'Connor
Directed by: Renee O'Connor
Tembi Locke ... Nurse Mayes
Jed Sura ... Charles
Miles Muir ... Young Charles
Andrew Pinon ... Inmate 2
Randy Crowder ... The Father
Julian Moses ... Guard Behind Desk
James Eustermann ... Cell Guard
Brooke Anderson .... producer
Dawn Higginbotham .... producer
Renée O'Connor .... producer
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