BAFTA-Winning Short Film “Room 8” Is Something Straight Out Of An Orwellian Nightmare

“Room 8” — a 2013 short film written and directed by James W. Griffiths and based upon an original concept and script by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey S. Fletcher (Precious) — tells the story of whom we believe to be an English prisoner of war who has been captured, tortured, and imprisoned in a seemingly Soviet-era prison, one whose guards and cellmate speak Russian. Upon entering his cell, he soon discovers a little red box which might hold the secret to his potential escape. Despite a warning by his cellmate not to open said box, he proceeds to enquire as to its contents, much to the detriment of himself.

As if cut from one of Charlie Kaufman’s mind-bending tales or one of George Orwell’s nightmarish, dystopian worlds, “Room 8”, in all its bleakness, imagination and creative bravery, won Best Short Film at the 67th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

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