You were once on top of the horror scene. The world loved you. You were famous. You were relevant. And now you’re not.
For washed up actress, Rachel Milligan, when she is all but forgotten, even on the convention scene, this is her true horror. Stuck in an almost empty room of con goers and just phoning it in at photo ops, her biggest desire is to become “someone” again. But what do you do when no one cares anymore?
Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy and Oculus) goes for a triple threat in the short film, Convention, tackling this very problem. Writing, starring and directing, she brings an emotional and unsettling depth to Milligan’s story. Your heart breaks for her and yet on another level you are repulsed by her. (The desperation! Those lips! That bathroom scene!) Gillan really has an eye for directing. (She knows how to frame a shot well. The only thing I didn’t I dig was the out of place metal soundtrack.) But seeing this new side of her is fantastic. She is talented. I would love to see her tackle a full length movie.