A Man's World
As of 2017 it was reported by The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons that females account for 71% of all those trafficked globally. In regards to sex trafficking, women make up 96% of those exploited (Here is the link to this info in case you are interested: http://icat.network/sites/default/files/publications/documents/ICAT-IB-04-V.1.pdf). Some sections of society still appear to view women as a commodity to be bought and traded, but rising awareness is helping the fight to combat this. What could go wrong? Cue in this story from the minds of Fred Cavander and Anne Sinagra. A Man’s World is set somewhere in the future at a point in time when women have almost become extinct, thus they have become a rarer type of goods to be traded.
‘I didn’t choose to be born as an endangered species but I was’ - Louise
The story takes place over the course of a night, giving the audience an inside look at a trafficking deal that seems to be put into motion. Scenes mostly occur within vehicles, and this provides a sense of uncomfortability and urgency.
The grating creaking noise of Charlie’s squeaking seat in the van and the occasional song snippet also make up the soundscape of the film. Wild West- style music are oddly upbeat in this dimly lit and dreary scenery, it also distorts any preconceptions about where this story is located. Charlie has an English accent, whilst Jack and Louise seem to be American and this combined with the western music blurs the geographical location.
The use of themes such as violence, gender politics and extinction make this film very relevant to discussions being carried out in many modern societies and, albeit on different levels, it definitely provides food for thought.
Short films certainly do not have time on their side; every moment should count for something. Therefore, it was irritating that a lot of the film actually wasn’t fully explained. Admittedly, too much information can hinder the suspense of a story, but it was a shame to be left in the dark because the concept of this film is amazing and had a lot more potential... but perhaps what would have been included in a prequel to A Man’s World is more what I had in mind when choosing to watch it.
The dialogue could have contained a lot more background information on the plot, especially that between Charlie and Louise, who is the only vocal female in this story. More is revealed in the small chit chat that Charlie tries to avoid between him and the arrogant Jack. Slight clues in the plot also provide a reasonable amount of information, such as the appearance of an AI character, and mentions of birthing clinics if you are alert enough to listen to the radio being played in the background.
Lloyd Lewis, who plays the mysterious Charlie, and Rob Lawrence, who plays the hateable Jack, were brilliantly able to give a clear portrayal of who their respective characters were meant to be. However, Kaitlin McGill didn’t seem to be up to par with Lewis and Lawrence, which damaged her depiction of Louise. Then again, maybe it was the character’s generic responses that made Louise a poorly thought-out character in general. Louise just seemed to be there to get the plot moving.
As for the ending of this film, it is an interesting one and definitely unexpected. The uplifting music suggests something hopeful to come. Yet, again, I wish there was more explanation to it... Sequel?
By the way, you can watch this film for FREE on the UK Film Review Website! And it’s under 14 minutes long, so it won’t take up too much of your life.
Rating: 3 out of 5*
Age Range: 12A (estimated)