I Love Sarah Jane – Zombie-Short in HD

Ich weiß gar nicht, ob ich den wunderbaren Kurzfilm „I love Sarah Jane“ hier schonmal erwähnt hatte, wahrscheinlich vergammelte er irgendwo in den Links. Jedenfalls ist „I love Sarah Jane“ ein toller Kurzfilm, der eine Love- und Coming-Of-Age-Story mit Zombies verbindet und den jetzt jemand in HD bei Vimeo hochgeladen hat. Vorher bin ich immer nur über Youtube-Knautschversionen gestolpert, die waren aber wenigstens embeddable. Hmpf. Egal: ein Teenager-Film mit Zombies, ruhig erzählt und schön fotografiert. Klasse!

Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way, bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies, nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world. The zombie movie has thrived in recent years, with re-imaginings from 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead, and is still being successfully tweaked—as this Australian import shows. Shot digitally using the Thomson HD Viper Camera, I Love Sarah Jane is set in a parent-free neighborhood where the adults are either dead or undead. Without anyone to tell the kids to clean up the house, it just isn’t going to happen.

What makes Susser’s film so effective is the matter-of-fact way that the kids deal with their bleak situation. It’s nothing special to anyone to be carrying a bow with a quiver of arrows on your back like 13-year old Jimbo does. That’s just survival. Dark clouds loom—literally—overhead as he rides his bike around a trash-strewn, smoldering street. Amidst this awful backdrop blooms a chance for love—at least in Jimbo’s head. As a bored Sarah Jane watches a newscaster on TV describe the proper way to handle undead body disposal (incineration, of course), Jimbo sits down to make his move.

Any movie, even a short one, is reliant on a strong ending to make a good lasting impression. Without giving anything away, let’s just say that I Love Sarah Jane, written by Susser and David Michod, has a very satisfying one.

I Love Sarah Jane on Vimeo (via Eayz, Danke Bennie!)