Following an out-of-the-blue email the other night, over the next few weeks I shall be reviewing a series of short film that were sent to me. The first of these films was Dirty Books – a tale of the struggles we can face during high school. I found the film to be quite relatable as it made a statement about the way many teenagers can feel during those tricky high school years.
For me, the film centred around one character, David Burroughs, played by Noah Bailey. David was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper that was under threat. I must admit that I found this character to be quite obnoxious, however upon reflection, I came to the conclusion that he is not so different to myself, or in fact every other adolescent going through the latter stages of their education. Personally, I thought Bailey showed the selfishness that covers up all of the other insecurities and anxieties of teenage years very well. He did so in a way that you kind of hated his character at the start, but forgave him when he let down that wall and showed how he really felt. At the end of the day, the one thing that David felt gave him a purpose was being threatened. Without the newspaper, he felt he would have nothing, and would therefore mean nothing to the school, so it’s understandable that he reacted that way.
While the story was quite typical of one where someone’s actions eventually come back to bite them, it was done quite well. Again, it showed something that is really part of the of the whole essence of teenage years – thinking that something is a great idea at the time, but massively regretting it later one. I think director Zachary Lapierre did a wonderful job of portraying so many different aspects of these years in such a short space of time.
All in all, Dirty Books is an honest coming-of-age tale that does a good job of showing the struggles of those high school/teenage years. For anyone who has a spare fifteen minutes, I would recommend they watch this short. It is a wonderful way of using young actors in a context that we can all relate to to some degree.