Review: The Morning After
Niamh on Katie Shannon’s latest short film
Any girl out there who has experienced the agony of a break up will empathise and possibly compare their own personal experiences to this short and intimate film. Film maker Katie Shannon illustrates the final moments of a crumbling relationship with painful accuracy, making this short picture uncomfortable to watch at times but also irreversibly relatable.
In this nine-minute short, we are invited as a guest to witness the most intense moments of any relationship, gay or straight. Characters Sam (Amy De Paola) and Lauren ( Allison Faythe) uncover the topic of infidelity and in doing so examine their own personal resentments towards each other leaving the relationship with a large question mark hanging over it.
This discussion also leads to the inevitable desperation at clinging to happy memories which once cemented the relationship and made it whole, a feeling which can strike a chord with most people, and reveals the vulnerability and exposure which is evoked during any break up. This piece is moving, and can be related to by any sexuality, gender, age or race, a quality which is refreshing and prevents Katie being pigeonholed as a ‘’lesbian filmmaker’’.
Katie Shannon graduated from Emerson College with her Masters in visual media arts and created Thompson films in 2011 which allowed her to develop both a business and her creative skills. She is currently in post-production for her first feature length documentary 113 days.