Written by Steven Gatti & Mel Pellicano
'The Nothing' essentially encompasses, a fear of the dark playing on your imagination, and mindfulness of being alone even in the safest of places- the house you grew up in. The short film is a journey of mental health in which we can learn and grow from–taking each challenge and moment to reflect on.
Arthur is in his late twenties and, feels he doesn't have his life together. He isn't happy that he still lives at home, no apparent job or career in sight and when left alone, his fears are heightened. Being left alone with his thoughts to face his anxiety and depression.
With all the subtext in the films minimal dialogue, there is emphasis on visuals to portray Arthur's anxiety and emotions. His friends, Mitchell and Sabrina are there in the beginning, but there's an elephant in the room. Arthur's depression is not brought up, but both characters are aware and dance around the subject as many people do. What is revealed in the end is hope for not just Arthur, but perhaps for anyone going through a similar situation.
Photo by Solanne Fardel