Friday, March 1

Am I A Terrible Person? – Brighton Fringe

Ant Lightfoot’s autobiographic short film is a poignant, deeply personal and emotive statement about his OCD and the issues that emerge from this condition. It’s a film that explores the many intrusive thoughts and actions that Lightfoot has to deal with in his life and the film is heightened by some startling visuals and unsettling sound bites.

It is probably one of the most thoughtful and heartfelt essays on mental health that I have seen and although the film is quite brief, it really does pack a powerful punch.

What we see is Lightfoot’s truth and his truth about his condition is wholeheartedly honest and very revealing throughout.

The opening sequence when he is asking personal questions to and about himself is almost mesmeric in feel and rhythm and it sets the tone for the rest of this captivating film.

 Lightfoot’s simple direction and sharp film editing plays out very well and totally engages the viewer.

This is a real person with real challenges in a world that sometimes doesn’t quite understand and his beautiful soliloquy remains in the memory for a long time after its finish.

Playing online until the 27th June 2021.

Reviewer: Kiefer Williams

Reviewed: 6th June 2021

North West End UK Rating: ★★★★