Unseen Cinema: What We Do In The Shadows (Apr 2015)

Colchester Film Festival presents ‘Unseen Cinema’ every month in Firstsite Colchester. Each screening is a taste of the very best feature films that weren’t screened or had a limited release in your local multiplex cinema.

Feature: What We Do In The Shadows
Director / Writer: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh
Date: Thursday 23rd April 2015
Venue: Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH
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This film is yet another vampire movie but don’t let that discourage you from watching it as it is not your typical movie dealing with the undead. Directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi also star in this brilliant representation of what the vampire life is really like through the style of a documentary, but in this case a mockumentary. Very much like the style of popular TV show “The Office” it makes for a funny and witty concept.

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has its difficulties, such as paying the rent, keeping up with chores, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming the flatmate conflicts. This all makes for a hilarious idea and there are great performances throughout. Even the occasional bad CGI effects just add to the comedy. The flat itself has a wonderful design giving it a kind of gothic theme working well with the individual characters living there.

With a small negative of the film being a lack of plot it really doesn’t matter in a film this funny. The comedy is perfect even with a few random moments here and there but the simple deadpan style works well. Watch this film with an open mind. It’s not your classic style of comedy – it’s something to get your teeth into.

By Tom Findley
Film Reviewer


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