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Second Spring


Stars: Cathy Naden, Jerry Killick, Indra Ove, Matthew Jure

Director: Andy Kelleher

This little drama is little more than an anecdote, but, with the help of countryside views, people walking, people thinking and picturesque shots of north Kent's Thames estuary, the director just about gets it to feature length. What there is isn't too bad although, as you can imagine, not a lot happens.

Kathy (improv theatre actress Naden in her first film) is a greying, middle-aged lecturer on ancient artefacts who, unknown to her, is beginning to suffer from fronto-temporal degeneration, which gives her increased sex drive and some loss of brain function.

On a whim, she takes up with Nick (Killick), a similarly middle-aged oddjob man and gardener, and, after receiving her diagnosis, soon leaves her lackadaisical husband Tim (Jure) to live with the long-haired Nick on his houseboat.

On a visit to his father at his estuary home, Kathy gets a bee in her bonnet about saving the surrounding fenland from a proposed new airport, which in her muddled mind is more than the mere gossip it is in reality.

She decides to take some sort of action...

Acting is adequate and the story not uninteresting...when it functions. Photography by Jonas Mortensen is first rate.

David Quinlan

UK 2018. UK Distributor: Miracle Communications. Fujicolor.
82 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 02 Sep 2021