FILM – COLIN
by Gabriella Apicella
The average cost of a Hollywood blockbuster is now up to around $106 million. Low-budget movie Slumdog Millionaire cost $15million. The Blair Witch Project cost $22,000. Now, I’m not wishing to sound completely obsessed with the financial side of things, but I thought that before you read the review of this film it was worth me pointing these figures out. The film reviewed below is called Colin by the way, and it cost £45 to make.
Colin – currently taking the festival scene by storm – is a zombie movie told from the zombie’s point of view. Paying respectful homage to the original classic zombie movies of George A Romero (director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead) this film also puts an entirely new twist on the genre. As the thing that is scary, as well as incapable of speech, and on a simple quest to eat as many humans as possible, the zombie is certainly not the easiest character to build a film around, yet that is what has been achieved with Colin. The dialogue is at a minimum, and the gore is plentiful, but that by no means should lead you to think that this film is without a proper story, or emotional impact. As the film follows Colin from being killed to returning to life in zombie form, we not only become sympathetic to him, but at times I was even hoping he would get a tasty human to satisfy his hunger! He is not a good zombie on a mission, he is like the all the many many others that we see along the way – bloodthirsty, lumbering, dumb and with an uncanny ability to rip guts out of victims with ease. However, as we first meet Colin when he is still human, it is impossible not to sympathise with his zombie self to some degree. So when his family find out what fate has befallen him, like them I found myself waiting and hoping for that moment of recognition, or that special memory to be triggered that would maybe bring his human self back.. There is a huge amount of blood and gore in this film, as well as what we would expect from films of this genre – the eerie sense of a city slowly being deserted, the survivors jockeying for power whilst their own morals become more questionable in the panic, scenes of almost hedonistic orgy-like violence. For fans of the zombie film, this is definitely a film to not be missed.
Shot entirely in London on two really bad cameras (the first one broke so another second hand and out of date one was acquired to replace it!) this film is inspiring to anyone wishing to get involved with the industry. This is an unbelievable achievement by Marc Price a director of such resilience, determination, resourcefulness and vision I already feel excited to see what he will achieve when he has any significant budget at all to play with. Despite the most basic equipment, there are some incredibly beautiful, atmospheric and haunting shots that he captures throughout the film. The coordination of each scene is stunning, negotiating some pretty complicated movements, and the editing (which was done whilst he worked night-shifts using out of date software) is impressive. The soundtrack is also of a high standard with music that compliments the action, and even in quiet moments, the distant sound of gunfire evokes the creepy perception of a war zone. (The gunshots were in fact fireworks taped on bonfire night – Price simply edited out the Wheeee and kept the BANG!)
When he set out to make the film, Price simply meant to showcase his ability, with a view to him being taken on by a production company in a professional capacity – more of a showreel than something ever expected to be seen by the general public.
However, what he and his team have produced is a film that not only puts a new slant on one of the most formulaic sub-genres around, but also manages to pay homage to the great originals that inspired it, whilst delivering an unexpected and wonderfully welcome emotional punch to boot. Frankly, this puts those $106million budgets to shame!
I left the cinema feeling dumbstruck at this achievement, and really quite envious as well. Marc Price deserves every bit of cash, attention and acclaim he will undoubtedly receive for this remarkable project.