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Colin

Year: 2008
Production Co: Nowhere Fast Productions
Director: Marc Price
Producer: Marc Price
Writer: Marc Price
Cast: Alastair Kirton

It would be interesting to pinpoint where the current pop culture grip of zombiemania started. With the advent of the DIY film movement a decade or so ago, a lot of filmmakers who were once just film fans bought their favourite genre trappings (including grindhouse and video nasty era classics) with them, and in a lot of cases they would have included Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead .

I remember writing about how the world was in the clutches of a zombie craze way back when Danny Boyle made 28 Days Later, and 10 years later as I write these words – with The Walking Dead conquering TV, Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead box office successes and World War Z in production – it shows no signs of slowing down.

What possible new angle could there be to a zombie apocalypse? Tell the story form a zombie's point of view of course, which is exactly what director, writer, cinematographer and editor Marc Price did for the sum of 40 quid (undoubtedly not the case but it was a clever aspect of the marketing).

We meet Colin (Kirton) not long after the attack that saw him bitten by one of the undead when the zombie virus descends. He stumbles blindly outside into urban London, gunfire peppering the suburbs around him, and his rapidly-decaying body makes its way from an inventive zombie robbery to the family desperate to see if there's some shred of humanity left of him and more.

The singular accomplishment of this movie is by following a character with no arc or drive (other than the desire to find someone to eat) for 100 minutes and not make it boring. The very nature of the story makes it episodic, but Price wields some very imaginative narrative devices to call back to earlier events and give Colin a story even he doesn't know about.

The lo-fi approach shows a few too many technical flaws – the film takes too long to get going as Colin slowly succumbs to his bite, and there's an entire sequence of a man apparently keeping zombies in his basement and trying to feed a young woman to them after she comes to him for help (at least that's what I gathered – it's too dark to see a thing during the entire scene).

But Price has written a good script and shot it with all the verve his equipment and means afforded him, and he deserves a bigger budget and a real shot no less than Neill Blomkamp after Alive in Joburg or Duncan Jones after Moon.

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