Director: George Vatistas
Cast: Robert W. Smith, Daniel Mitura, C.J. Gelfand
Production Company: AireBedd Productions
Runtime: 9 minutes
“When the gods want to punish you, they answer your prayers.” — Karen Blixen
“Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.” — Old Chinese Proverb
Sometimes what we want isn’t necessarily good for us. Director George Vatistas illustrates this idea in his short film The Hobbyist (2016).
In the movie, a mysterious man seeks out the aid of a druggist, who may be able to provide him with the undetectable poison he desires…
The story is based on an interesting and original short story by Fredric Brown. There’s a very clever twist that changes the direction of events about half way into the film.
Robert W. Smith provides a creepy performance as the druggist in the film. His ominous voice really sells every line. Smith was a finalist for best actor at the Edmonton Festival of Fear in 2017.
Daniel Mitura also does a wonderful job in the role of Sangstrom. He expertly conveys the desperation of his character. He was also a finalist at the festival mentioned above.
In fact, the movie has won several awards and was nominated for even more.
This short has a great cinematic look. The warm lighting and rich colour make it a pleasure to watch. The old-fashioned drug store setting is also of note.
The Hobbyist is suspenseful and engaging in an artistic way. You know you want it…
– John Migliore
For more information on the film, check out the links below…