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Rushes Short Film Festival


Joseph Barnett’s Guilty by Nature, a seasonal diary of the life cycle of a shrub, was a striking and compelling work of art. Essentially a video diary of the rigorous care taken over the development and growth of a single plant, Barnett’s film is a model for the potential of short filmmaking. Perhaps it is the simplicity of its subject that emphasises the films technical form and rhythm but nevertheless, the end product is a visually and sonically unique experience with a fastidious attention to detail and composition.
Whereas the majority of work presented was preoccupied with creating impact through scripted drama, Losey and Barnett’s films do not seem bound by the same compulsion to resort to traditional narrative storytelling, and this is a difference that works to their advantage. What their films generate is a refreshing curiosity and fascination that is often abandoned in favour of moral crisis and climax.


Reviewed by Owen Armstrong

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(Translated from Italian)

Guilty by Nature brings on the big screen an authentic author's pearl. The British director takes- out an impressive series of extraordinary shots, with a perfect composition level and original point of view choices: an on going of impossible and searched angles; a real directing manual. Barnett shows us the life history of a wild bush literally dragging a never ending odyssey, through greenhouses that look like laboratory’s where settle farmers looking like aliens coming on the planet earth. Everything with very valuable photography and sound effects.

Reviewed by Francesco Del Grosso
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Gazzetta Di Modena


Winner Esplora Award – Concorto Film Festival

For the style and the in - depth research of the cinematic language. The director leads the audience with consistency in an other dimension suspended in time and space.