Locker Room is an Australian drama film directed by Greta Nash in 2017.
A teenage girl named Carla discovers her male friends’ secret group chat. The short film dramatizes the situation in which she has to choose between her friends or do the right thing.
“A beautifully cinematic and thought-provoking coming-of-age story”
– Short of the WeekG
Greta Nash is a filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 she graduated from the Victorian College of Arts with a Bachelor of Film and Television. The short film Locker Room premiered at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival. She has won different awards. such as Best Young Filmmaker and Best Film short cuts.
Greta Nash was inspired by a series of Melbourne private school scandals that surfaced in the middle of 2016. This happened just before the #MeToo movement became famous. She and her friends were interested but mostly fascinated by all the articles about this scandal. Despite being a few years out of high school, she felt the need to contribute positively to this movement.
In my opinion, the film is astonishingly well done. Cinematography really captures the loose feeling of adolescence. I could feel the fear and emotions in each of the characters, even in the wrong ones. This is due to the good film work in combination with the music.
I really like the beginning of the short film because it confused me a bit. You could say that this is a negative thing, but for me it is not. It is a positive thing because it made me curious about the topic of the short film. What I heard and saw collided very much with each other. The music was cheerful, only the image was a bit grim.
It’s important to make the viewer curious in the first few seconds so he keeps watching.
I also like the scene in the bathroom till Carla opens the video on the laptop. There is no music. Despite the fact that there is no music, a climax is built up. When Clara opens the movie on the laptop, the climax is reached and the viewer is shocked by the strong and loud sound of the movie played on the laptop.
I believe that the use of ‘silence‘ and ‘ambient sound‘ is used pretty good in this short film in general. Especially in the last few minutes where Clara meets her friends and faces the confrontation. Because there is no music, the focus is on the quarrel between Clara and her friends, this makes it seem as if you are part of the quarrel, it seems as if you are standing next to it. It also gives me a powerless feeling.
But also when she cuddles the girl (I don’t know the name) in the last scene that was filmed.
The short film ends with a slide of the cast using the same music used in the beginning. This is very strong because, it gives you the feeling there will be a sequel to the first film. The feeling like: ‘will be continued”.
Next week I will discuss the short film Divine Children. This short film follows a gang of kids who are trying to adapt to life in a contemporary, post-war America. Press the link down below to watch de short film.
Will be continued…..