Serial Cheat

Chloe returns home to some shocking news about her relationship....

Genre: Comedy

Length: 04:27

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Producer/s : Anthony Sutcliffe,

Director/s : Anthony Sutcliffe, 

Writer/s : Jon Holmes, 

Actor/s : Will Kirk, Josie Charles


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A comic notion so simple it’s brilliant, and you wonder why you haven’t seen it played out before. A young woman, Chloe, comes home to her partner Greg, and starts the conversation with “So, when were you going to tell me?” “Tell you what?” …but he knows full well what he’s done.

So far, so clichéd, and hats off to Jon Holmes for his twist, for Greg’s sin is not what we were expecting. “It just happened…”

The delicious reveal comes a minute into this short, and it would be wrong to spoil it. Suffice to say that the rest of the film plays out variations as he begs to be forgiven and understood for his weakness… she’s out too much… he’s only human… then it spins again to explore the real history, the long-standing dissatisfactions behind his callous betrayal.

The pace is sustained except where it needs to shift down a gear. The shooting is kept simple, as director Anthony Sutcliffe lets the lines do their work, with actors Josie Charles and Will Kirk hitting just the right notes.

It works so well because Greg and Chloe discuss the trivial with soap opera emotions, to great comic effect. And maybe it’s not so trivial, after all – his little weakness highlights a lack of honesty in their relationship. On one level it’s a clever comedy sketch; on another, it’s a slice of kitchen sink life.