This touching film explores some of the challenges we face in mourning the death of a loved one where there are things left unsaid; and the dichotomy between holding on and moving on.
Come Back is one of the shorts to be screened at our annual WIFT-T Showcase. Join us on March 30th at the Royal Cinema as we celebrate the creativity, diversity, and talent of our members.
Experiencing nightmares, a young woman struggles to find closure after the sudden death of a beloved friend. With the help of a therapist, she works to find the closure she seeks. Through scenes of present day, dream sequences, and past moments between Emily Coutts’ and Brett Donahue’s characters, we get a glimpse into this young women’s world and the struggles she is experiencing. These scenes seamlessly flow into one another with the dream sequences in slow motion having a lovely dramatic effect.
The performances are beautifully subtle and grounded in the realism of the present day scenes, taking us on the journey of a young woman finding peace with herself and her deceased loved one. Hannah said of directing the actors' intimate performances, "it’s a beautiful thing to watch two actors who really have each other’s backs."
Based on WIFT-T member Hannah Anderson's personal experience of losing a close friend, she described the filmmaking process as cathartic.
Making Come Back, from beginning to end, was extremely cathartic. It really forced me to look at my grief head on, to study it, feel it, and try to communicate it to others. It made me feel less alone. And although it’s a personal story, what it explores is universal.
See our Spotlight post on Hannah Anderson to read more about her experience of writing, producing and co-directing Come Back.
Join us in screening Come Back at the 2017 WIFT-T Showcase.