Siobhan review: Evocative…darkly moving. And also eerily provocative.
This evocative short opens with a glimpse of a violent attack before shifting into a haunting image of a man (Williams) walking on a spectacular Devon coastline, where he imagines a woman standing among the rocks – his girlfriend Siobhan (Peters) who was murdered there a year earlier. A local farmer (Cliff Brady) offers him a meal and a bed for the night of the solstice, and he and his wife (Orla Brady) speak about how they met Siobhan on the day she was killed. The film is introspective and raw, with emotions that gurgle up around the edges. It’s beautifully shot with a strong sense of the setting, a vivid attention to detail and a willingness to embrace the silence of a moment. Where the story goes is dark and unsettling, with constant touches that mix love and fear in unexpected ways. It’s not always easy to watch, but it’s darkly moving. And also eerily provocative.