A powerful short film, Invisible Me allows you to see what a child goes through when it is brought into the world surrounded by drugs and neglect.
One of the most difficult things to achieve in short film is to make it emotional and hard-hitting, due to having so little time to work with. Most filmmakers fall short of gripping the audience or making a connection with the characters and/or story. It seems Kristie Austin has no such problems.
Invisible Me is a unique and hard-hitting little film. It affected me so much that, as soon as the end credits rolled, I had to go and give my own children a hug.
Shown through the eyes of a child, we see the journey of a little boy from him being a baby in a cot, to him witnessing the deterioration of his parents, to arguments and drug addiction. It’s not just the parents that deteriorate though, as we see the family home go from a place that looks loved and cared for, to what basically looks like a squat, with belongings obviously been sold off to pay for drugs.
Everything about the production screams professional. The point of view cinematography is excellent, the production design on point, the audio nice and crisp and the performances we all great. According to the director herself, the film was shot in just one day, with real children operating the camera. Which I find absolutely remarkable!
Overall, Invisible Me may just be one of the most powerful little films I have had the privilege to watch in the last few years, and it is one that I really enjoyed. I shall be keeping a close eye on the name Kristie Austin; if she continues to bring originality and excellence to our screens, she could very well have a very bright future.