Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing a number of films for Cardiff Mini Film Festival. The festival is on June 26th at Chapel 1877.

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Total Investigation Television is nominated in the Fiction Category.

It’s rare that you go into a movie not knowing what to expect or how to feel. It’s even rarer still to be unsure how you’re supposed to be feeling all the way through the movie, up until the last scene.

Total Investigation Television achieves that in spades.

The start of the film lulls you into the false understanding that you’re about to watch something laden with more cheese than a four cheese pizza, but it quickly raises a smile that lasts throughout.

It’s only after the first of Jay’s ideas that you start to understand what kind of film you’re watching. It’s a comedy. Or so you think it is.

As the film progresses, you get comfortable and wait for the next haphazard scheme to come to fruition in an attempt to get Jay, Saz and Greg famous.

Indeed, Jay’s idea for a documentary on stealing is a real triumph of cringe worthy comedy in the David Brent or Alan Partridge mould and it stands out as the films best scene.

Even though you now understand what you’re watching, there’s a real curve ball put in towards the end that makes you question whether you should be laughing any more. Has the film been leading us down one path to only come up against a brick wall message of morals and responsibility?

We’ll let you find that out yourself.

It’s always going to be hard to create enough character development in a 10 minute film. It’s also hard to find enough time to keep the viewer second guessing themselves. Total Investigation Television has managed to do those things to perfection.

Written, Directed and Produced by John Rees.

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