Static (1985)

Mark Romanek directs Keith Gordon, Amanda Plummer and Bob Gunton in this indie drama where a small town drop out invents a television that can show pictures of heaven.

17 years before his official debut One Hour Photo, Romanek directed this little feature length calling card. He has since rejected it but I can’t really tell why? It is a quirky slice of atmosphere. The plot doesn’t really go anywhere but it is professionally achieved and acted, way above the standard you’d expect for a no budget endeavour. Full of ideas. Full of cool imagery. The banging New Wave soundtrack opened up a career for him as a pop promo director. The story itself gets a little lost but it certainly isn’t an embarrassment or all that far removed from the director’s later more polished works.


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