50 Kisses Review by everyfilm.co.uk

50 KISSES / Cert 15 / 89 mins
BBFC advice: Contains strong language, sex references, violence and bloody images
Overall rating: 8.5/10

I have never seen such an effective collage of short films. 50 Kisses made me jump, laugh and very nearly provoked a tear and yet none of its parts amount to much more than three minutes.

They are splendidly strung together thanks to a seamless musical track which leads one short into another.

The makers of 50 Kisses, which is due to be part of Derby Quad’s film festival next week, claim it to be the world’s first crowdsourced feature film. I guess it could be argued that it isn’t a feature at all because it is an amalgam of shorts.

It was developed after a call went out at the London Screenwriters’ festival in 2012 for two-page scripts which had to be set on Valentine’s Day and feature a kiss.

Nearly 2,000 were submitted and 400 were offered to international film-making teams and only the cream of those were included in Fifty Kisses.

Cream is actually the word used by marketeers but I struggled to find one which was more deserving.

This is a super collection and even includes the best zombie scene I can recall seeing.

That sets the tone for a wonderful variety of work, ranging from the lovey-dovey to the anti-thesis of romance.

All have twists which a particularly clever, considering the speed at which they have to be introduced.

Fifty Kisses proves what an amazing array of writing talent is available to the UK film industry.

Laughs: three
Jumps: two
Vomit: none
Nudity: none

Overall rating: 8.5/10


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