‘Up On The Roof’ and ‘Shackled’ Short Film Reviews

Nour Wazzi Short Film Review

Don’t let the cover image fool you, there is more to these short films than just people touching other people’s faces!

Starring two of Game of Thrones biggest stars Maisie Williams and Emilia Clarke comes two short films that we were sent to review. Both films were directed by Nour Wazzi from the London based production company, Panacea Productions.

Up On The Roof

A troubled young boy finds his rooftop escape jeopardized by the girl he pines for.

Marcus is a neglected and lonely 12-year-old hiding from the world by camping out on a rooftop. His makeshift haven is threatened when the girl he’s always loved comes looking for his help. Up On The Roof is a well shot short-film that runs for the perfect duration of time and radiates a sense of isolation / fear as portrayed by dark shots throughout, only for the film to brighten up once Marcus stands up to his fear and confronts his demons. Standing up for the girl he loves.

Up on the Roof from Nour Wazzi on Vimeo.



Held captive by a circus, Malu is frantically rescued from her shackles by her husband. As she waits anxiously in the darkness for her chance to escape, a disturbing truth she’s hidden away seeps back in.

A psychological thriller created to showcase the tone and aesthetic of the feature film The Foretelling. Shackled instantly pluges you into a dark and tense atmosphere there clings onto you throughout its runtime, a good use of sound and lighting gives off a very uncomfatable vibe. Although I never really understood what she was running away from the glossy almost fantasy like cinematography kept me watching until the very end.

Shackled from Nour Wazzi on Vimeo.

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