Young Film Critics review First Light films
- The Woodland (Lizzie's review)
- Cat in the Box (Katya's reivew)
- Cat in the Box (Lizzie's review)
- I'm Here (James' review)
- I'm Here (Lizzie's review)
I'm Here (Lizzie's review)
Strikingly powerful, I’m Here zooms in on a group of frank, articulate teenagers in care, who instantly grab your attention and don’t relinquish it. Shuffled in between their short bursts of casual conversation and eye-catching photo montages is a grainy, camera-phone-filmed, whistle-stop tour of their home. Edgy photos, catchy music, and fun transitions kick up the pace, making this three-minute film whirl by.
When the teenagers talk, humour and seriousness take turns on the screen, with pithy remarks and Tracey Beaker-mocking “bog offfffs” placed alongside discussions about the recurring emotional rollercoaster they ride. Their first-hand testimony packs a big punch, and leaves the viewer with a strong taste of both the highs and lows and everyday facts of life in care. Among the flash-by sequences, these discussions are spontaneous, raw, and very thought-provoking.
The energy evident in the swift pace sweeps the viewer along, and is perhaps the stand-out characteristic of the film. Whilst not shying away from the tougher aspects of care, this mature and astute documentary manages to be vivaciously upbeat and informative; everyone should see it.
Review by Lizzie Daniels
Watch the full film and the other nominees on the First Light website.