Watch a wonderfully surreal short film offers a slightly satirical interpretation of modern life and our obsession with recording everything


Be honest: how many videos have you shot and never watched? How many blurry firework displays languish on the SD card of your smartphone, it seeming so vital that you capture them at the time?

“The Boy with a Camera for a Face” is a wonderful 15-minute short that explores our very modern obsession with capturing everything in our lives from a strange and surreal perspective, telling the story of a boy who is born with no choice but to do so.

Narrated in a sing-song rhyme that echoes children’s authors like Dr Seuss or the poetry of Roald Dahl, the film in fifteen minutes tells the story of the boy who, as the title quite literally states, is born with a camera for a face. Even if it does occasionally commit some rhyming sins (“camera” and “star”?!) it’s nicely written and delivered with thespian gravitas courtesy of the tones of theatre and film actor Steven Berkoff.

Things get even more interesting as the film goes beyond its initial premise and starts to explore a wider world. We won’t spoil it, as it’s well worth a watch, but as events slip beyond the boy’s control we see echoes of stories like The Truman Show, which offer similar perspective on the fascination we have with the lives of others.

The film was written and directed by Spencer Brown, and has been successfully cleaning up at various festivals throughout the past year. It’s also beautifully shot – credit is due to director of photography Chris Moon.
You can watch the film above, and we’d really recommend taking fifteen minutes out of your day to do so. It tells a compelling, expansive story in its short time frame and many of its images will linger with you.
You can find out more about the film at its Facebook page.