Nic Barker returns with a short film that is centred around the subject of “mansplaining” and the patronization that many women experience. Check out the review of Tech, Support.
Aussie film-maker Nic Barker has featured on Screen Critix numerous times over the years and it has always been a pleasure watching and critiquing his work. His previous creations like Pint, Dead Sharks, Short Distance, and The Greta Fragments have all scored well with ourselves and it looks the trend will continue after watching his latest short movie.
Tech, Support is a very short film with a runtime a little over six minutes. Whilst it is classed as a comedy/drama, I wouldn’t exactly say the film was laugh-out-loud funny, but it is performed and edited in such a quirky manner, that it should still be deposited into that genre bracket.
Amanda (Jordan Barr) is sat on the sofa and ranting to Sean (Darcy Kent) about an incident involving a phone call to a technical support advisor earlier that day. With the use of flashbacks, we witness the phone conversation, with Amanda being guided by Lyle (also Darcy Kent) into getting her modem set-up. Lyle is polite but rather patronizing at the same time. Amanda takes her treatment to heart and has had enough of being talked down to just because she is a woman. Sean thinks that she may be just making a mountain out of a molehill and taking the advice the wrong way. The film makes us look at both sides of the story and in such a short time. There is no filler here.
As with other Barker movies, Tech, Support is a very well made movie. The camera work goes great with the subject, and his use of handheld techniques adds a sense of realism to the performance. If Barker had opted to just stick the camera on sticks, it wouldn’t have had the same effect.
Both Jordan Barr and Darcy Kent do a great job in the allotted time and we, the audience, get to see where both of the character’s personal opinions on the subject come from.
Barker’s script is punchy and witty at the same time, but we didn’t expect anything else from the man from down under. With over thirty directing credits to his name now, we really feel it’s his time to move from shorts to full feature films. A studio or production company needs to grab hold of this man, give him a budget and let him run wild. He will surely create something great, that we can guarantee.