Wash Club (Short) – 2018 Review

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The Wash Club short from writer Ross Sutherland, director Simon Dymond, and producer Lauren Parker, is finally out. It must be said that it was much less like Fight Club than originally anticipated. Perhaps that’s owing to the brevity of the short, and if things had been flushed out more, perhaps Wash Club would have ended up more like another film. As it stands though, it’s pretty original in its concept, despite its similarities to Fincher’s classic.

Coming in at just over 13 minutes, the film has a crisp look that’s not oversaturated in high-definition clarity, and a linear A to B story, which is based on a true story. Basically, we have a university student, Doug (Tom Blyth), with an assignment to do for his journalism class, and he has to find, write about, and pitch a story. If he can’t find an interesting story, the pressure is on to create one. So, based on some yarn told over some beers, he stumbles into creating a secret club called the Wash Club. The club quickly develops a cultish following and Doug loses control of it before he has a chance to reign it in.

Doug’s character and unassuming demeanor indicates that he might be a little shy and striving to succeed with both his studies and his social relationships. Is there a parallel between his character and the task to create an interesting editorial piece if one can’t be found? This might explain why, when the club first started to take off, that he embraced it and seemingly revelled in his newfound acceptance, and even secret fame.

Ultimately, the Wash Club addresses the morality of perpetuating something known to be false, and coming to moral terms with a path first set upon and then trying to change course.

Rock Hard \m/

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