All In

In a hole after a night's gambling, Jack turns to Mike for help, who doesn’t realise just how involved he is in Jack’s problem.

Genre: Crime

Length: 12:13

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Producer/s : Tom Jolliffe,

Director/s : Oliver Jolliffe, 

Writer/s : Tom Jolliffe, 

Actor/s : Tom Jolliffe, Oliver Jolliffe

 

Friend in need

All In was conceived, shot, edited and scored inside a week, for a competition, by brothers Tom and Oliver Jolliffe. As well as doing everything behind the camera, they also play mates Jack and Mike.

After a concise pre-title sequence showing the failed hand that lost him his money, Jack takes the gambler’s night-time walk of shame. He broods in his dark suit and red tie, and cars pass with their tail-lights like warning flares. Black and red, portents of death and blood (though maybe a trick was missed in not showing the spades and hearts of the fateful hand).

He calls on his ex-partner in crime for help. He wants them to do one more job together, so he can clear his debt. But there’s a twist.

Music and tone are excellent, as is the production, considering the pair did everything, including act. This has its drawbacks: the fight scene clearly strained resources, and the fact that the brothers Jolliffe look so similar prompts the thought a better film is waiting to be made, where Jack and Mike are brothers, and the evident familiarity can be exploited.

And plotwise, modern audiences might cavil at Jack leaving a phone trail a mile wide. But the point is not the plot, it’s the tone, the melodrama, and in this, there’s much to be admired.