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Santi

Homesick Blues

14th April 2022

Santi, Jon Gutierrez (“The Bike Thief”, “Rise Up (Short)”), is in a strange new world, a foreign land where things happen differently. That’s right, he’s in London.

At a party with his girlfriend Violet, Zulekha Chaka (“Upon the Edge”, “Kenya (Short)”), he manages to miss a phone call from his mother back home. All Santi really wants to do is listen to this message. He isn’t really ‘involved’ in the party, he doesn’t seem to know anyone other than his girlfriend and she’s off speaking a million miles an hour with her friends, something Santi can’t do when it’s not his native tongue.

Santi drifts from room to room, space to space, never quite managing to achieve his goal but eliciting a lot of strange looks and whispers about him from the other party attendees.

Eventually he finds himself in the bathroom with a couple of lads who are doing coke, not the drink kind. They offer him some but he isn’t interested and so instead the lads decide to laugh at how he pronounces the word ‘coke’.

Writer and director Harry Richards does his best to give you a sense of what Santi is feeling by squashing everything in frame and / or ensuring Santi is just out of frame, or struggling to squeeze in to it.

Based on Richards’ own experiences in Colombia and subsequent experiences of a friend moving to the UK, this 11-minute short will mean more to some than to others. By that I mean that some won’t get what the problem is, won’t see what Santi is going through, ‘not their problem’, whilst others will be only too aware of the plight of the man.

Throughout Santi you get a sense that he’s a calm, measured man. Able to enjoy himself in this environment had he been back home, in Colombia, something we see when he finally manages to talk on the phone and the conversation is rapid-fire.

Santi isn’t perfect; some of the lighting choices are odd, at times things are really very dark, whilst the score puts you in mind more of a horror film than a drama. However, those niggles aside, it’s an accomplished 11-minute short and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Harry Richards.

DETAILS

   

DIRECTED BY
Harry Richards

WRITTEN BY
Harry Richards

Running Time:
11mins

THE QUICK SELL
A young Colombian man receives a voice message from home while grappling with cultural differences at a London dinner party with his new English girlfriend.

CAST & CREW
Harry Richards, Jon Gutierrez, Zulekha Chaka

DETAILS

   

DIRECTED BY
Harry Richards

WRITTEN BY
Harry Richards

Running Time:
11mins

THE QUICK SELL
A young Colombian man receives a voice message from home while grappling with cultural differences at a London dinner party with his new English girlfriend.

CAST & CREW
Harry Richards, Jon Gutierrez, Zulekha Chaka

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