Recent news stories have made director and writer, Darcy Yuille’s feature, One Punch, a timely but disturbing choice of subject. But, when the titular incident occurs, knowing that it’s coming takes nothing away from its shattering impact.
Yuille has made a remarkable film which has succeeded in spite of having a non-professional (but hugely talented) cast and being filmed entirely with a smartphone (an iPhone 8+). Apart from (still) looking great, it gave him a huge advantage of being able to move freely in public, giving One Punch a gritty, dynamic sense of immediacy. Unsurprisingly, it has won awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography, with the film itself taking off Best Feature at Dublin’s Smartphone FlickFest.
While Jacob is shocked by Matt’s talk about drugs, he is able to walk away. It’s clear that the option of exercising choice depends more on one’s network of family and friends, than on the strength of personal conviction.
One Punch is a powerful, fast-paced actioner from a deeply committed cast and team (John Gray is noted for his effective musical score). But, most powerful of all are the questions raised about resisting peer and family pressure, that have bedevilled most young people at some stage; questions that, as the film closes, insist on being answered.
One Punch will screen at selected cinemas from September 5th and will also be available for special events and community groups. Contact Demand Film for details.