Wednesday 15 November 2023

SHORT FILM REVIEW: Alleviate (2023) - Starring Darren Kent


'Living in the shadows of unthinkable loss, one man seeks solace from the one person who knows him best, his future self.’

Director Daniel Keeble: "It is a complex story dealing with profound and unimaginable guilt, and with only one character to focus on, it was down to Darren to deliver...and, boy, did he deliver. We wanted questions before we had answers, we wanted the isolation and emptiness take hold of the audience, and for things to only resolve as we reach the finale.

'Alleviate' is a film about existential crisis; an unbelievable and cathartic journey through profound grief for a man, and his future self, on a desperate attempt to alleviate the pain for his wife. I'm so proud of what we were able to capture on film while Darren was still with us.

This is much his film as it is ours.”

Darren Kent lived with osteoporosis, arthritis, and a skin disorder before his death on 11 August 2023, at the age of 36.

Review by Jon Donnis

For a 14 minute film, this truly is an incredible performance, from Darren Kent, who as mentioned above is no longer with us.

Darren plays the character of Michael, a man dealing with loss, with unbelievable guilt, as he talks to himself, to try to make sense of what has happened.

This is one of those performances that just feels real, you feel like you are watching real life.

As it is only a short film, I do not want to say too much, as it would only spoil it. But this is one short film you should make an effort to watch when it is released.

Coming soon.

Check out for more details.