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A Review of Mark Kenny’s Two Short Films: White Rabbit and Stephen's Mum

 

In the 2015 short film White Rabbit by Mark Kenny, we see the world through the eyes of John (played by Mark Kenny), a simple-minded young man with autism trying to fit in with the people in the small town he lives in with his single mother. After the kindness of a stranger at his local pub gives him the urge to fit in and make friends with the locals he is soon to find out that not everybody is as kind, with disastrous consequences as he tries to find a girlfriend in order to fit in. The film also follows his mother, who is struggling to cope with her lonely life and craving love; as she focuses on her love life, she is unaware of John’s own life unravelling around him until it’s too late.

It’s refreshing to see the world through such simple eyes, being able to step into the mind of a person that sees the world differently from the rest of us. The film covers powerful topics such as autism awareness and anti-bullying.

Stephen’s Mum is a much shorter film, which was filmed in just one hour. Stephen’s Mum has a powerful and moving storyline: set walking along a beach, Stephen (Ryan Dillon) shares his fondest memories with his mother, including his early memories of a message in a bottle. It is a heartwarming film that shows a mother’s unusual efforts to ensure that she could support her son emotionally throughout the ups and downs of growing up.

To find out more about actor and director Mark Kenny, take a look at our interview with him in the feature articles section.

Both films are shorts, and definitely worth a watch, so click on the links below and see them for yourself: 

White Rabbit: https://vimeo.com/116001869

Stephen's Mum: https://vimeo.com/134283849

Written by Zoe Boundy


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