365 films in 2016: film 58 (Platform 1 2015)

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 02.06.45THIS FILM MADE ME FEEL VERY EMOTIONAL IN A STRANGE WAY. Platform 1 is one of the more experimental films i’ve seen this year, it sits somewhere in between documentary and feature, if you’re from any small english town like i am this film is going to feel very homely and local to you, everything from the architecture and the small coffee and snack vendors reminds me of getting the last train from london at night getting worried we’re gonna miss the last bus home.

Platform 1 is very minimal, or to put it bluntly, it’s very simple. There’s no real colour correction or colour grading it’s all just raw, there’s no voiceover or soundtrack playing, there isn’t even any dialogue till around 5-6 minutes in, but this is for a reason, Platform 1 is about people, everyday regular people that you see every day but never talk to or even look at twice, we never really think about it but all these people on the train or in the station are going somewhere, they have their own lives and in all the rush we kind of forget about that. What i like about this film is how these people changed when they were spoken to, at first everyone was kind of shy and tried to avoid the camera but over time they kind of opened up and started to share a more about themselves.

Platform 1 is a very clever film, it’s such a simple concept but pulled off really well, although i would have liked some colour grading or something to clean up the shots because for the most part this is a very aesthetically pleasing look to it, it’s just a shape the very DSLR-y look pops out sometimes. I really enjoyed platform 1 and i highly recommend it, 8/10.


In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.


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