'David.' by BattleSoup

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Warwick "dogs breakfast"

Another film that was a shame it was disqualified.
This had the best disclaimer of the night and in no way resembled any story about a person that was accused of .....something :P
A well made film and had a great audience reaction, again shame it was disqualified.


DAMN! I really wish this could have made it. I don't remember why the team was disqualified, but making a bio-pic about David Bain is a bold and commendable move. It's both serious and funny, genuine and heartfelt. It clearly takes Bain's side and tells his story with finesse and quite lovable style. A brilliant work that deserves to have been made - had the whole ghoulish audience on the edges of their seats. An especially strong entry from such a young team, just too bad we won't be seeing them in the Auckland finals. Better luck next time guys.

Andrew Hartstonge

I thought this team made a brilliant short. It was a risky subject for them to tackle but they pulled it off very well. Technically, it had some very good lighting and some great shots, very aesthetic for a young team. (Perhaps I would go as far as to say it was one of the best looking ones in the heat).
The film was both tasteful and didn't point the finger in either direction. To me I saw David's character could have been innocent or guilty, it left it very open and up to the viewers own opinions.
It was a pity it was disqualified. (One of the team members said afterward that their submitted export had no sound. They chose to play a good version and not be up for anything rather than have no sound and possibly get nowhere anyway.)


A FANTASTIC choice of biopic. They must have raided their parents wardrobe for 80s sweaters. Great acting and casting. Was really well put together as a story. Definitely memorable
It really is too bad they were disqualified.


I must own, I am pretty abysmal at following the news, which largely led to this one going a bit over my head. BattleSoup drew Biopic, which led to their portrayal of the events surrounding a prominent New Zealander named David (read into that what you will).
Tasteful is perhaps the wrong word for this film, but enough effort was put in that it avoided coming across as crass. There was a lot of attention to detail which gave the film a sense of authenticity, and many of these small details were noticed by the audience, who got a good laugh out of them, although perhaps they were laughing to stop themselves from crying at the risky nature of the subject matter.
Certainly the ending of the film had a sobering effect after the lighthearted nature of the rest of the production, which led to a very quiet cinema during the credits. I got the shivers when the film abruptly changed at the end, and the contrast between the funny and serious elements was perfectly timed for dramatic effect.
While some of the compulsory elements were not particularly memorable, the dolly zoom was very well placed, as was the dialogue. The fabricator trait was a bit weak, and in fact most of the Sydney shots, though compulsory for the film, did not add a lot to it.
Overall this film has fantastic contrasts and nailed the genre. BattleSoup’s disqualification is a real disappointment for the competition, but they should be proud of a great result anyway. Fingers crossed that BattleSoup do not get sued by any person this film may or may not have been about, and congratulations on a fantastic short film.

Covert Walrus

Well, for a team whose spokesman admitted he didn't know what a biopic *was*, this was a truly clever if disturbing and possibly litiginous docudrama on a certain figure in recent history. ( The disclaimer about "any resemblence to perosn living, dead or in jail for the past 15 years . . . " was a cute touch that lightened the ending.)
Reality was used to create a funny little slice of the story that partly showed the story form the protagonist's viewpoint, and while sympathetic it playe dthe whole thing for laughs, especially the subtle Manson character's deceit and possible goading on of 'David' to perform the deed; Which, as in the fine tradition of leaglity, left room for 'reasonable doubt'.
Technically, this film was perhaps the best of the night, using some very professional shots and techniques that made it look like part of a much larger and bigger-budget film. I would have given this third place when voting, had it been eligible.

Derek Tomes

I thought this was a courageous work of *cough* fiction. I almost choked to death laughing during the 'sex in the next room' scene. Hope the court case goes well!


I've wondered if shorts made in the Biopic genre will end up being somewhat of a one-trick pony, in that much of the gag is simply picking someone controversial as the subject and hoping the material will write itself (presently waiting for the first Brian Tamaki short to surface).
That could *easily* have been the case with 'David' by v48 veterans BattleSoup. Whilst the audience got a laugh out of seeing exactly which David it was (which could have been intentional), I can't avoid stating it or I might as well stop the review now. It's about David Bain.
I suspect there will be those that classify this film as a 'funny short', but I'm not so sure that was its intention. To me, at least, I found 'David' delightfully grim, and also quietly, beautifully executed. The opening scenes were mesmerizing in their portrayal, and whilst almost the whole cinema laughed at the scene that implies Robin Bain's relations with his relations (ahem), I saw something else a lot darker.
I really don't know if BattleSoup set out to make a dramatic film, but it seems to me that it's what they've produced. For reasons unknown, it was disqualified, which was a *real* shame because it got what amounts to my top vote of the night (hey, everyone gives their own film the '3' don't they?)
If you get a chance to see this film online, do so. It'll surprise you.