University of Sussex: BA Media Practice

The Shift

The Shift

 

Melody Chu, Ruby Rose Datu, Junny Hu, Crystal Qiu, Bianca Sas, Amelia-Jane Williams

‘The Shift’ is a 12-minute short film following the experience of Alex, a journalism student who moves into a new house. Everything appears normal until she meets her new housemate, Riley, who has strange mood swings. She is at times friendly and welcoming, mature and grounded and at other times rude, childish and rash. Alex’s inquisitive personality lead her to following Riley in order to find out more about her “mood swings”. After some odd episodes and some research, Alex believes her housemate might suffer from a mental disorder and begins writing a paper on her. Upon discovering the essay Olivia, Riley’s teenage personality takes over and confronts Alex. There is an unexpected twist, which leaves the audience wondering what Alex’s fate really is.