In Steve Blackwood’s latest short film Private, Sally Danforth, Sandy Bainum, hires private investigator Jim Calloway, Steve Blackwood, to find her late husband.
Calloway isn’t what you’d call your first choice private investigator, small office, usually working for jealous husbands, so Sally doesn’t have high hopes he’ll do the job, in fact, she’s counting on it.
As Sally visits Calloway for a final update, she is faced with some harsh home truths. It turns out that Calloway is more than up to the job, but is he more than up to doing what needs to be done next?
For, whilst Calloway has found out something juicy about Sally, he doesn’t have the whole story until she fills him in. Is this a forgivable crime?
Blackwood throws us in at what would arguably be the end of most who-dunnit movies. The bit where the detective gathers everyone in a room to go through the whys and wherefores of everything that has occurred.
Except, all that we have are Bainum and Blackwood and it’s up to them to carry the whole 19 minute short film. Whilst Blackwood films the whole thing in a noir-style black and white, the whole thing taking place in Calloway’s office.
Money is bandied about, truths from both sides are spoken, arguing and bartering takes place, conscious weighing heavily on Calloway.
Private is a great subject for a short film and the gangster-era, noir-style suits what’s happening on screen. Bainum and Blackwood perform well, bouncing off each other, though something doesn’t quite click enough between them to truly make you think anything other than the obvious will happen, though Blackwood never quite lets us know if that’s the case..