Barely able to feed herself and her four small children she reaches breaking point when invited on a date with an ex boyfriend.
Desperate not to miss out on this opportunity she lies to him that she's looking after the kids as a favour for a friend, having nowhere to turn she agrees to meet him later at the pub.
She literally "dumps" the kids behind the pub and tells them to keep themselves to themselves while she goes off to enjoy herself, the guilt of the situation gets too much but still she ignores their hungry pleas.
It is not until the arrival of a wasp does it really strike home what she has done...
This short film is horribly intense. So many moments in such a short film that make you feel so involved in the film. So many moments when you want to look away in fear of what may happen next, even if it never does. You feel emptathy for the mother but are appalled at how we see her with her kids. Yet we can imagine that the life she allows her children to live in is all she knew as a child when being brought up in such a bad area of Britain and isn't really to blame, Society is. Afterall, we know she lobes her children, shame she isn't a fit to be a mother.
When you look at this film, it isn't one you would think would win an Oscar. yet it did. it it truly deserved it. It won Best Short Film and it was a truly deserved win.
Wasp overflows with gritty realism. The look, the acting, the screenplay, it is realistic. When you watch it, you could be watching a documentary. Adrea Arnold understands her characters and portrays them in a suiting light. She understands the area, and portrays that in a suiting light. She understands the struggles of life and portrays it through this narrative. It is a film that is fantastically made.
Watch this short film. You won't regret it.