THE CICERONES - DECEMBER 24, 2002
I was sitting down to watch 'Dead of Night'
on Film Four Christmas Eve when what should
appear on my lovely television screen? 'The
Cicerones' - a short film written and
directed by Jeremy Dyson, starring Mark
Gatiss. Almost broke my leg running for the
video control and got the lot! That was a
stroke of luck - it wasn't written on any
of the schedules (short films are generally
ignored) and I had been trying to discover
when the damn thing would be on.
It was very good, excellent use of washed
out greys and the whole film looked like it
was encased in ice. Mark's character was so
quintessentially English that even I wanted
to kill him, but then that is the point! I
swear I spotted Herr Lipp's paramour Justin
in there as well, alongside two children
and a rather out of place American sailor.
One minor quibble - there was too much
action crammed into such a short film, so
there was little time to create much of an
atmosphere. The ghostly apparitions were
too obviously just that from their first
appearance. But with a film that is so very
short that is inevitable. The Church itself
So, well done Mr Dyson! And for all those
with Film Four I am certain it will be
repeated again. Check the official website
or another listings channel that includes
the short films.