Valerie is a young girl living on the streets with little more than a violin to keep her company. Apples for Bullies is a short film from 10-year-old Abigail Friend.
Yes, you read that right. The director, writer and star of Apples for Bullies is just ten years old; a girl who isn’t old enough to watch the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming movie in the cinema by herself. Yet, she is capable of creating a heartfelt seven-minute short film, with a little help from her friends.
Abigail plays the role of Valerie, a young girl left to fend for herself on the streets after her parents are deported. Tired, she takes a nap next to a building, only to later wake-up and find a homeless man (Salvatore DelGreco) close by. Valerie tries to humour him by playing the violin, but he isn’t impressed, leaving her all alone again.
Shot for the 48-hour film challenge; Apples for Bullies is a well-made and well performed short film, making good use of a drone for some sweeping bird’s eye shots. The music is light and whimsical and it reminded me a little of Forrest Gump.
Apples for Bullies is a sweet-natured film with a great message – that we should look around and help those in need, especially if we are in a position of stability. If a ten-year-old can understand how important it is to help when we can, why can’t the rest of us?
I was very impressed by the work of Abigail Friend; it shows a maturity beyond her years and she is already showing herself to be a capable film maker. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her name on some huge movies in the future if she continues to learn, create and hone her skills further. A huge well done from us all at Screen Critix.