The Convict (2014)

Sweven Films presents this thriller drama short film, based upon the limits of a desperate man and his determination of getting to his destination. Written and directed by Mark Battle, you can tell this is a stylistic and unique film that should be appreciated.

This short film lasts just over twenty minutes, but it manages to captivate the audience and make them intrigued in the main protagonist’s life. This is David Eller (Dean Temple), a convict who we know has recently just escaped from jail. We know this straight from the beginning as he is wearing the typical red jumpsuit and has one handcuff attached to his wrist. His desperate need to hide himself and his wound tells the audience that he must have escaped recently and that it wasn’t easy. As the story goes on more pieces are joined up, however not everything as the audience is kept wondering. There is the clever use of the radio, this shows a little more of who this man is, that he’s wanted, that he’s dangerous. Again, more pieces joining up.


‘The Convict’ is quite a stylistic film. There is almost a black and white tint to the film, giving an edge, everything just seems darker and gives the sense of a thrill in the film. There is also no music to the film, until the very end. This is something very different to all the other films that we are more familiar with. However this works really well, it makes the film eerily quiet, the silence eats away at the audience, only diegetic sounds can be heard. Tearing into the possibility of more a realistic film, etching into that desperate need of this man. I also really liked how more of the pieces were joined up for the audience through the use of a flashback; this worked really well and told the audience his one desperate need, perhaps the reason for breaking out of jail, but I won’t say, you’ll have to watch it to find out.

Overall I would recommend watching this short film on ‘The Convict’. You witness David on his desperate journey meanwhile figuring more about him, however some questions are never answered making the audience question if they matter. This film is stylistic and clever in creating a tension in a thriller. Besides aren’t you a little intrigued in where this journey is taking David?