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The talent of writer/director, Richard Powell cannot be denied. Superb cinematography and wonderful screenwriting ensure that his 2010 Short film, WORM is one to look out for. With a staggering performance by Robert Nolan as the misanthropic high school teacher, Geoffrey Oswald Dodd, WORM is worth 20 minutes of anyone’s time. Showing the unspoken, hidden evil which lies beneath the veneer of normalcy. Frighteningly real and with a huge sense of impending doom, WORM will keep you guessing until the very end.
It’s a normal day at school for teacher Geoffrey Dodd and his students. To the outside world Mr Dodd is an unassuming guy, boring even, pleasant to be around and a calm mentor to his students. With the help of an inner monologue however, we can hear the inner voice of Mr Dodd and peel back the facade to reveal a dark and sordid interior. Suddenly Mr Average isn’t so average!!
Although the insidious nastiness of Mr Dodd’s inner self may be a million miles from our own feelings, anyone who has ever smiled through a boring, tedious conversation will relate with a smirk to his eye rolling agitation when exchanging pleasantries as he goes through a regular day at school. Throughout the day we see Dodd coming ever closer to snapping, that sense of something horrible on the horizon, the uncomfortable emotions of a man on the brink of cracking are what makes Worm a compelling watch. Subtle yet scary, the battle between the inner demons and the outer guise of an average man urges us to watch.
Interesting camera work and an original music score keep the pace and add further quality. Robert Nolan is a marvel, often showing two emotions with one facial expression!
I know what you're all asking ...did he crack....well, did he? Or did he simply come to the end of that boring, average day ready to start over again tomorrow? Well, if you come across Worm and have a free 20 minutes, I recommend you see for yourself.
Worm (2010) Director/Writer: Richard Powell. Cast: Robert Nolan, Melissa Burke, Kimberley Curran, Dustin Foxman.