& Directed by Geofrey Hildrew
By Derek Rose
The Los Angeles
based Geofrey Hildrew definitely chose the right
name for this short film when he went with
Time." Starring Matthew McGrory (Big
Fish, House of 1000 Corpses, Bubble Boy),
Michael J. Anderson (HBO's
Carnivale, Mulholland Drive Twin Peaks),
Debbie Lee Carrington (Return of The
Jedi, Total Recall, Men In Black, Austin Powers
3), Curtis Armstrong (Risky
Business, Better Off Dead, Revenge Of The Nerds)
and Jenni Pulos (Showtime at The
Apollo) the cast alone is big enough to
deserve the title.
The film begins when
hardware store manager Richard Blunderbore's
(Matthew McGrory) desire to enter showbiz as a
stand-up comedian is frowned upon by his
parents, Henri (Michael J, Anderson) and Gizzie
(Debbie Lee Carrington). The fact that Richard
is a giant leads them to believe that the only
thing his audience will laugh at is his size.
This theory rings
true when failing agent Margaret Maxfield (Jenni
Pulos), attempts to persuade Richard into
performing his stand-up act at Amateur Night.
Booed off the stage, Richard is lured into
performing for the sleazy Zamboni (Curtis
Armstrong), owner of Zamboni's Famous Freaks to
pay off a contractual debt left by his parents.
It seems thirty years prior, Henri and Gizzie
were managed by Zamboni at Coney Island before
escaping his grasp.
Once on the Famous
Freaks lot, Richard learns that his fate is to
be laughed at while under the top simply because
of his size.....fulfilling the fears of his
When Richard decides
it's not what he wants after his first
performance Zamboni reminds him once again of
the contractual obligations of his parents that
What Zamboni doesn't
know is that Margaret, Henri and Gizzie are all
on their way to change the course of Richard's
career in showbiz.
The twisted, yet
comedic plot has all the potential to make it to
the big screen some day. Geofrey's ability to
pack it all into a half-hour short film is quite
surprising. The professionalism with which he
created the project is only one of the reasons
you should put aside some time to take a look.
Although you won't have time to finish off a
large popcorn, I think you'll find it as time
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