"How can you describe something that is so perfect? Powerful, deep, and a work of art."
"I cannot fault it... a masterpiece, 5/5."
"Engaging and innocent with a potent atmosphere."
"An amazingly strong short that manages to feel very genuine and very heartfelt, 9/10."
"This film in it's entirety is struck of brilliance and insight"
"An eye opening story... forever etched on my brain, 4.5/5."
MicroCinema Magazine Online
"Exemplifies everything that is good about short filmmaking, 4/5"
"Striking cinematography, smooth editing and interesting philosophic rhetoric... definitely worth your time, 3.5/5"
"Great photography and direction... I really like this piece"
Patrick Vom Bruck (MIFED jury)
"... a beautiful film."
Shoot and Slice
"Our audience loved this film."
Wreck Beach International
"Marvellous pictures... beautiful storytelling..."
Vienna Independent Shorts
How To Disappear Completely
How To Disappear Completely is an 8 minute short film about a young photographer's perception of the world around him. Disgusted and disillusioned by modern society he turns his back on it to photograph nature in the untainted countryside, happy with his philosophy that people can’t be bothered so why bother with them? It all makes sense until the day he sees a beautiful girl, and has to decide between his philosophy and the ills of a world he has left behind.
This simple film struggled through a two year curse to get made, enduring refusals for funding, complicated scheduling, freak weather, personal injury, working with wild animals, and multiple problems with locations; the film is a classic low budget indie triumph over adversity thanks to the support and dedication of it's creators, who just had a simple story to tell.
After a five year run on the festival circuit How To Disappear Completely, a Coffee Films production, is now screening exclusively on coffeefilms.com.
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15.05.2004 Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival, France
11.06.2004 Vienna Independent Short Film Festival, Austria
19.06.2004 Wreck Beach International Film Festival, Canada
12.07.2004 Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Australia
16.08.2004 Portobello Film and Video Festival, UK
18-29.08.2004 Film UK Videotheque, Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK
08.09.2004 LA International Short Film Festival, Arclight Cinema, LA, USA
11.09.2004 International Panorama, Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypt
12.09.2004 Shoot and Slice Screenings, UK
17.09.2004 Motion Screenings, UK
19.09.2004 Antimatter Festival of Underground Short Film and Video, Canada
22.09.2004 Shallow Shorts 100 Screenings, UK
12-16.10.2004 Emerging European Filmmakers, MIFED, Italy
14.10.2004 Fnac Milano, Italy
23.10.2004 Leicester "Can" Film Festival, UK
28.10.2004 Final Cut Screenings, UK
02.11.2004 Best of UK Shorts, Leeds International Film Festival, UK
22.11.2004 Euroshorts Film Festival, Poland
08.12.2004 Anchorage Film Festival, USA
17.12.2004 City Screen York Screenings, UK
27.01.2005 University of York Screening, UK
05.02.2005 Wood Green International Short Film Festival, UK
17-25.02.2005 Cinequest Viewers Voice Awards, USA
18-24.02.2005 Screen Room Cinema, UK (one week run of 14 screenings alongside the feature presentations 2046 and Coffee and Cigarettes)
20.02.2005 Medway Media Network Screenings, UK
28.02.2005 Aesthetica Magazine Tsunami Aid Event, UK
9-13.03.2005 Film market, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Finland
19.03.2005 Action Time Video Screenings, UK
7.04.2005 Emerging European Filmmakers, European Cinema Festival, Italy
14.04.2005 Best of the Best, Warrington Film Festival, UK
21-27.04.2005 Videotheque, Britspotting Film Festival, Germany
19.07.2005 East End Film Society Screenings, UK
04.12.2005 Unscreen Screenings, UK
11.03.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, Axiom Theatre, Houston, Texas, USA
25.03.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, The Oxbow School, Napa, California, USA
27.03.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
29.04.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, Subterranean Cinema Nacogdoches, Texas, USA
29.04.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, Up a Creek Coffee Co., Whitehouse, Texas, USA
10.05.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, Central Cinema, Seattle, Washington, USA
16.05.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, WATCH THIS SPACE, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
16.06.2006 Microcinema Independent Exposure Spring Edition 2006, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, USA
24.08.2006 Reading Fringe Festival, Reading, UK
26.08.2006 Aeon Expo, Devon, UK (screened twice)
27.08.2006 Aeon Expo, Devon, UK (screened twice)
01.10.2006 Sale Cinemas, Sale, Victoria, Australia (as a supporting short film)
11/3/2007 Digifest, Folkestone, UK
10/4/2007 Shallowshorts 100 Podcast, UK
22/5/2007 Cannes in a Van, Cannes Film Festival, France
04/08/2007 Wreck Beach International Film Festival, Canada
6/10/2007 AZA Digital Cinema Festival, Greece
05-09.2008 Solar Cinema 2008 Tour, UK
Appearing at selected events on the tour which includes Groundwork Festival, Wichwood Festival, Knowsley Green Fayre, Glastonbury, Croxteth Country fair, Camp Bestival, Stokes Bay Festival, Folkwoods Festival, Ruigoord Landjuweel Festival, Rhythm Festival and Bestival; check their website for details!
23.08.2008 Aeon Expo, Devon, UK (screened twice)
24.08.2008 Aeon Expo, Devon, UK (screened twice)
7.7.2009 Festival Cine//B, Santiago, Chile
Press, Comments and Reviews
"How to Disappear Completely" is a bittersweet psychological study in humanity... A short film that leaves you thinking about your own life when you're done watching it... Smart and concise writing... Expressive acting... Visually very impressive... This is an amazingly strong short that manages to feel very genuine and very heartfelt in showing the danger of isolation, 9/10 Editor's Choice"
Microfilmmaker Magazine (Click here for the full review)
"How can you describe something that is so perfect? The story is deeply philosophical, poetic, and reaches its pinnacle with perfect introspection. ‘How To Disappear Completely’ invites you think about the beauty of thoughts and the inherent solitude we all have, although most of us chose to ignore it, and fill it with emptiness. The dialogue and rhetoric shape the vision, while wrapped up in the voice over you are overcome with conviction and true emotion as the photographer invites us into his sphere, to look through his lens, while he remains ‘on the fringe’. The filming of this short is beyond compare... Produced without funding and on a £500 budget this film is powerful, deep, and a work of art."
Aesthetica Magazine (Click here for the full review)
"Engaging and innocent, the director manages to generate an incredibly potent atmosphere."
"The still photography and cinematography are absolutely striking. Just more proof that not all DV shorts have to actually look DV. Pleasing visuals, smooth editing and interesting philosophic rhetoric. It is the kind of piece that grows on you with multiple viewings and anything that requires more than one viewing, should definitely be worth your time. 3.5/5"
Film Threat (Click here for the full review)
"... exemplifies everything that is good about short filmmaking. The film is gorgeously shot and tells a simple story - with a genuinely shocking ending - beautifully. 4/5"
Pulpmovies.com (Click here for the full review)
"This film in it's entirety is struck of brilliance and insight. From start to finish you are captured by the fascination of the character and his comparison of 'focus' from the camera to the 'focus' of our lives. "
Intrigue Magazine (Click here for the full review)
"What more can one ask for from an indie short... this film is the ultimate diamond in the rough... an eye opening story... forever etched on my brain, 4.5/5"
MicroCinema Magazine Online (Click here for the full review)
"One of the most well put together shorts I have seen, I cannot fault it in any way and it really shows how an indie film should be done, it has so much style... it's a short masterpiece, 5/5."
MovieReel.net (Click here for the full review)
"Great photography and direction frame this piece. The photography impressed me a great deal, the contrasts between the shopping centre and the natural world were very well done. It was one of the best I saw in the MIFED selection; I know that because I can still remember watching it, it was 45 days ago and I remember it clearly, and you only remember a film that clearly if it’s good. Modern films are often so predictable; here you have this beautiful girl and handsome young guy, you expect some boring love story but get something completely unexpected, I really liked this film and I’m impressed it was produced for so little money."
Patrick Vom Bruck (MIFED jury)
"... a beautiful film."
Shoot and Slice London Screenings
"This certainly is a nice piece which our audience loved."
Wreck Beach International Film Festival
"Marvellous pictures and a calm but beautiful way of storytelling; our audience was enthusiastic and we hope that we get some new film from you next year."
Vienna Independent Short Film Festival
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