What would you do if the world was ending? What in life is important to us? What is the meaning of it all?
While these questions are often jokingly or existentially pondered, they often go unaddressed. Red Rover, a short about two teenagers from a remote religious community seeking the truth after their parents tell them the apocalypse is coming, attempts to address those questions.
The film opens with a young boy John, the son of two evangelical Christian parents, he is sent upstairs to get his sister Lauren who is audibly crying behind a vivid white curtain. She is framed in the still, a pinnacle of innocence and despair. When John pulls the curtain back Lauren wipes her tears away and earnestly makes her brother promise not to eat the food her parents are serving.
The apocalypse is coming-or so Lauren has been told. An asteroid is coming and will cause catastrophic results to the earth. Laurens parents, as well as other party guests arrive. The children, …show more content…
Through the eyes of these two teenagers, this film is not so much about the end of the world but rather the meaning of life. They cry, they laugh, and most importantly, they depend on one another, their fellow human, for support.
With all of the elements in place for the definition of a perfect piece of film, Red Rover went on to Win at the Rouben Mamoulian film festival, Award for Best Director at Sydney Film Festival, the Canon Award for Best Director in an Australian Short Film at Flickerfest and Best Director at St Kilda Film Festival.
Hopefully this is the first of many films we see from writer/ director Brook Goldfinch addressing life, youth, uncertainty, and most importantly the meaning of