17 August 2012

Nothing Special

Have you ever felt embarrassed (or even harassed?) by your parents. The answer is almost certainly yes (no matter how briefly) so, in that case, spare a thought for Billy. His mum thinks he is Jesus reincarnate. Literally.

As you can imagine that makes Billy, who reckons he is nothing special, more than desperate to keep it from his work colleagues. He goes to great measures to fade in to the background as much as possible, even limiting himself to a handful of words that he can utter each day. Of course, mum has to come back in to the picture sooner or later..

This very funny short film from New Zealand was created by Helena Brooks. After watching it you won’t be surprised that it was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and has won a number of awards on the film festival circuit.