I Am You attempts, poorly, to tell the story of the disappearance and death of Rachel Barber.
You would think that with such an outstanding cast, you have a fair chance of a great movie. Unfortunately, Simone North’s inexperience as a writer and director, in conjunction with her being overly involved in the subject matter leads to a very poor piece of work. I actually felt for the actors.
It needs a damn good edit as much was irrelevant and over done. The amount of unnecessary shots was staggering and the way that the main character of Caroline Reid was portrayed as lacking the complexity and sympathy of an individual with mental health issues was shocking. The young Irish actor though did very well considering what she had to work with. During the Q&A, Simone North’s abject contempt of the real Caroline was obvious – and it shone throughout her film.
It could have been SO much more, but it lacked on every level.
Acting of Ruth Bradley (even through the terrible direction and script you could see she had talent).
It does actually end.
The immaturity of the script.
The lack of tidiness to the cut.
Just how one dimensional it was.
Overdone camera work.
One dimensional demonisation of characters.
Lack of depth of any “white hat” character.
Lack of examination of mental health.
It had more endings than Lord of the Rings and felt longer than all three combined.
EDIT: I should say that I wasn’t aware it was a “world premier” but the host announced it as such.