Tallinn Black Nights Review: On Our Way

muse and writer

Making the transition from in front to behind the camera can be a tough journey. The abilities needed to act have little in common with those to direct, so in order to gain the skills and knowledge necessary you have to invest a lot of extra time and effort. Traditionally, this move happens after someone has spent a significant amount of time within the industry and has already made their name. However, we’re seeing more and more young stars making the shift and as On Our Way demonstrates, they’re certainly not short on confidence.

Henry (Micheál Richardson) is struggling to write his debut feature, ‘On Our Way’. The budding filmmaker keeps coming face to face with uncomfortably memories of his childhood and a time when his mother (Daisy Bevan) and father were still alive. Instead of concentrating on the matter at hand, he becoming tangled in his past. This all changes when he meets his muse, an actress (Sophie Lane Curtis), who acts as a catalyst for his creativity.  

On Our Way is a film which has so much going on it can be dizzying at times. Sophie Lane Curtis is not short on ambition and delivers a non-linear story which wrestles with five different timelines and a chronology which is sometimes difficult to follow. There is much to admire here and a lot of craft on display. While On Our Way shows tonnes of promise, it never really all comes together, but does act as a calling card for a new voice with plenty to say.

On Our Way screened at Tallin Black Nights Film Festival.

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