“Fire” Grapples With Larger-Than-Life Issues With A Raw Edge

What moments define us? How do we learn our own powers — and limits? “Fire” is a short film that takes a naturalistic, raw approach to a pivotal moment in a young man’s life.

It won Vimeo’s Short of the Week and the site described it as “a coming-of-age story filled with teenage angst and flaming fists, this is what an X-men origins story would look like if it was set on the streets of England”, which encapsulates the central drama. It’s a unique and nuanced take on an origin story — looking at the moments (and people) in our lives who make us who we are.

Taking an unusual take on bonding and support, it’s a reminder that some of the major formative forces can come in the most unexpected and often random of ways. And with a strong central image, the film has a cohesive, visceral feel — perhaps because it’s rooted, somewhat, in personal experience.

“Fire was something that I was drawn to as a kid, I loved playing with it and it got me into trouble on more than one occasion”, Andrews told Vimeo.

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With a slew of festival nominations and awards, this film struck audiences in their gut — it’s easy to see why.