Second chances, I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve wanted one. I can admit to about a handful of times I wish I had been given a second chance to do something over. A chance to get it right, a chance to see it through from what it was. These are the things that stay with us, haunt us sometimes. Just imagine however for a split second, you could in fact get that second chance.
Somatic is a short film about a second chance. A chance to look at the life George Watson has lived and in all that time, what he would’ve done differently. He is a wise man and while he admits to several things he wishes he could change about the past, including the war. George has something much more important on his mind, the one thing he can’t seem to let go. He would give anything to see Margaret again. Just five minutes longer to dance with her, just five minutes.
“That’s the most important word: being. Being lost in the moment. Being at peace with the world. Being stronger and braver for myself and those around me.” – George
This line sat with me after I watched Somatic. I didn’t understand why at first but after a few minutes of pondering why George’s words seem to sit with me I realized that he is right. Being is the most important. Our being able to understand the smallest moments that will haunt us. Our being able to not take for granted what we have and to grieve the lost we have experienced. Our being shouldn’t be wasted, it should be celebrated.
Somatic is a moving short film about not only wanting second chances but understanding the experiences and lessons behind every decision you make. Second chances are not meant to be and while we may wish otherwise, we will most likely never get the chance like George does. I give it 10 out 10 stars. If you would like to watch Somatic, you can watch it here.
The Cast and Crew of Somatic:
Cast (in order of appearance):
George Watson – Bryan Samson
Doctor Robert Briggs – Daniel Ings
Doctor Mary Thomson – Siobhan Finneran
Young George Watson – Aidan O’Callaghan
Nurse Nancy Williams/Margaret Brown – Billie Fulford-Brown
Director of Photography – Tom McMahon
Focus Puller – Neal Parsons
Gaffer – Huw Garratt
Sound Recordist – Joe Harris
Costume Designer – Natalie Willis
Make-Up Artist – Leanna Henthorne
Hair & Make-Up Artist – Helen Currie
Hair Stylist – Pascal Lombardo
Runner – Luke Wallis
Editor – Nicholas Peel
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