"'NUMBER 13' IS A QUICK SOLID PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT" REELROMP
"ROWE HAS CLEVERLY PLAYED WITH THE AUDIANCE'S EMOTIONS; BRINGING HOME THE UNDERLYING MESSAGE THAT ACTUALLY THERE'S HIDDEN OBJECTIVES ABOUT TECHNOLOGY OTHER THAN THE FACT OF EASIER, FASTER CONVENIENCE"
Written and directed by Jonell Rowe
"I RECENTLY HAD THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING NUMBER 13 AND I TRULY ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!" BLACK TALENT TV
"Number 13" is a Sci-fi, dark comedy, drama short film. That explores the themes of Escapism, Man vs machine, personal identity, and fear of Technology.
An aspiring actor stops at a local supermarket before his big audition and has an unexpected confrontation with a self-aware, service till called 13. As he tries to get over his fear of failing, he must also find a way to save 13 from its impending end.
NUMBER 13 SHORT FILM
The inspiration for the concept first came about from me working as a customer team member, in a convenient store for several years. I would notice all sorts of different customers, having a preference for using self service machines, over regular staff members. With the belief that they are far more efficient and useful. This resulted in my colleagues fearing for their jobs, after hearing their friends and family already being replaced by machines in other working environments.
The aim for this film is to highlight the threat of technology taking over and the negative effect it will have on the modern working class society. It’s an unsung story with a subject matter that audiences can easily relate to, with people already beginning to question their own existence, which could eventually lead to an existential crisis. But at the same time I wanted to make light of the situation, by implement a comedic dynamic with it’s two main protagonists Adrian and 13. The visual style was heavily influenced by Spike Jonez’s feature film “Her” which had a tactile and pleasant look with a vivid colour palette.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
CAST AND CREW
KARL QUEENSBOROUGH as Adrian
YANA PENROSE as Number 13
TJ SCHOOLING as Daniel
MARION BARRON as Claudette
NEVELE LEWIS as John
SAM REGAN as Nathan
SAFFIYA LEA as Fearne
EAST PUTNEY CO OP SUPER MARKET
JACK AYERS: Director of photography
MOSES SSEBANDEKE: First A.D
FREYA ESPIE: Second assistant director
ALBERTO MAFFEZZONI: Sound recordist
FREYA ESPIE: Production designer
JACK AYERS: Colorist
ISAAC RAY: Sound editor
THOMAS RAVENSCROFT: VFX
ADAM SANFORD: Sound designer
MICHAEL AHRAIN: Poster designer
JONELL ROWE: Editor