Directed by: Meg Skaff Starring: Brit-Charde Sellers, Timothy J. Cox, and Kimberly David Short Film Review by: Owen Herman
Terry Kendal and Orange Green is a dark comedy that makes many other films in that category seem relatively light hearted. It follows Terry Kendal (Brit-Charde Sellers), an optimistic and care free young woman who starts to become increasingly fearful as she finds herself the victim of stalking.
The first thing you notice about Terry Kendal and Orange Green is the heavy use of narration to tell the story. This is a shame as it takes away from the visual storytelling and makes several moments feel very on the nose. However, it does establish a unique tone which gives the ending more shock value. Perhaps less narration would have been the best of both worlds.
The two characters in Terry Kendal’s life are polar opposites and they give the film its extremes in terms of tone and style. Terry’s best friend, played by Kimberly David, provides some comic relief with her paranoid chats about her boyfriend. On the opposite side of things is Terry’s stalker, played by Timothy J. Cox, is really sinister and unnerving despite (or perhaps because of) his often silly requests. These characters embody what the film is going for and it works well.
Music is very important to Terry Kendal and Orange Green and its used intelligently. Songs early on help establish Terry’s character and a more traditional score appears in the film’s tense moments. The highlight is an early encounter with Terry’s stalker when a series of discordant and unpleasant sounds play. It’s quite disconcerting and it really adds another layer to the scene.
The film often mergers light with dark, delivering moments both make you chuckle and feel nervous. It’s through this that the film earns its nasty conclusion, had it just been swapping between jokes and serious threat it simply wouldn’t have worked.
Overall Terry Kendal and Orange Green is a clever short that has some very good moments. Its interesting tone makes it immediately engaging and consistently surprising.