The Number 30 short film review

★★★★★

Directed by: Tom Pickard, Bobby Goulding

Written by: Tom Pickard

Starring: Nathan Hamilton, Jack Warner, Livvie May, Sue Bowmer, Nicola Wright

Film Review by: Jason Knight

Poster for The Number 30 showing protagonist.
Poster for The Number 30

An emotional story about a warmhearted young man's determination to make a final gift for his dying grandfather.


Ben (Hamilton) is a mechanic and decides to repair a bus with the number 30, which is personally valued by his grandfather (Warner). Ben intends to take him on one last ride in it. Although his grandfather and their relatives attempt to persuade him not to do so, Ben is stubborn and ignores his other responsibilities, including his pregnant wife Kate (May).


This short, moving drama explores themes of love, death and family values and focuses one a person's mission to do what they believe is the right thing. The narrative is nonlinear and consists of two story lines: Ben, as he works on the bus and his grandfather lying in bed, surrounded by loved ones. Although the mood throughout is generally sad and upsetting, the film ends on an uplifting note: with the birth of a child.


The performances are terrific by all protagonists. Hamilton is very touching as a good individual, who wants to make his grandfather happy during his final days, but unwillingly forgets about his other relatives. Warner delivers a beautiful portrayal of a kind, elderly man, who is nearing the end of his life and watching him pass away is heartbreaking. May, Bowmer and Wright are all very convincing as the supportive relatives who are devastated by his passing.


Directors Pickard and Goulding do an outstanding job and create many fantastic establishing shots of the countryside and buildings, effectively capturing the beauty of the locations. Pablo Scopinaro's score is an amazing contribution, developing a dramatic atmosphere.


The Number 30 looks into the realities of life. On one hand it presents the inevitable fact of death and on the other it shows the joy and wonder of birth, of a new life beginning. It also suggests that even when one sets out to do something they perceive as just, one must not forget their other priorities.

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