My Shepherd is a short film by Lucy McKendrick that covers the story of two young lovers, a girl and a boy, and their exploration with each other and the world around them. Appearing to be from a small religious town the young couple are most concerned with the consequences of their early actions in the film, and how that will affect their young lives, in the community, and with their faith.
The film builds around a central crisis being they fear what the repercussions might mean if they have a child out of wedlock, and what either character is willing to consider to ensure their future happiness. Built around this crisis they explore the options of their relationship. Between choosing to stay in the small town for the summer, or explore the rest of the big open world there is no doubt that we are a fly on the wall at a decisive crossroads in their relationship, illustrating a “fight or flight” response from the two central characters, and is a credit to both young actors (Clare Lahey and Mike Patton) to effectively communicate this idea.
Consequences is clearly a central theme alongside youth, love, and religion and although our characters appear naive (which can be stemmed from a few ideas in the film, or the fact they were using internet explorer as a web browser being the dead giveaway) it is an important character trait in order to tell their story. Did I include this sentence to use that joke? Maybe. Is the sentence factually incorrect? No.
As an audience we follow the couple traverse a multitude of emotions from lust to concern, frustration, disappointment, resentment, and reconciliation as we explore the central themes of youth, love, religion and consequences. Ultimately they come to terms or“reconcile” with their actions and each other, deciding everything will turn out ok, as long as they have each other.
The short film is written and directed by Lucy McKendrick whose accolades in her short career include Best Documentary, for her work as editor/director on the short Tidiest Town 2002 at the St Kilda Short Film Festival (2012) and was awarded Young Australian Filmmaker of the year in 2013.
Lucy’s AFI graduate film A Chick Flick just got into the Oxford International Film Festival, and my short My Shepherd is awaiting its premier, so for now you'll just have to take our word for it.
One to watch for sure and we can’t wait to see what comes next.
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