Shorts Spotlight: Cowboy Ben

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You may have notice things have been a bit light around here over the last few days. While I would like to offer some fantastical explanation, the truth is parenthood, life responsibilities, a broken computer and festival coverage preparation have taken up most of my time. Fear not though, some great things are coming down the pipeline as our Hot Docs coverage is just around the corner.

In the meantime, our short film pick of the day, Cowboy Ben, is an extremely dark comedy from directors Scott Rawsthorne and John Shaikh. The film focuses on two childhood friends, Ben (Shaun Dooley) and Brian (Ramon Tikaram), who happen to run into each other at a nightclub. While Ben is happy to reconnect with his old friend, it quickly becomes clear that he has abandonment issues that were never fully resolved. Through is sly humour, Rawsthorne and Shaikh manage to create a narrative that is equally fascinating and disturbing. Cowboy Ben is a film that keeps the audience off guard and, as a result, lingers in the mind long after it ends.

Cowboy Ben
Directors: Scott Rawsthorne and John Shaikh / UK / 2014/ 8 minutes
Starring: Shaun Dooley and Ramon Tikaram