Hiccup is a strange little short from director Derville Quigley. It is less than two and a half minutes in running time so it’s probably quicker to watch it than to read this review! It’s an odd little piece with little in the way of storyline. A bouncy castle inflates. A woman waiting apparently for an interview or audition gets a bout of hiccups. A sheep rolls around on a field. The wind blows some plastic sheeting around. All intercut. Proper art film territory.
And then, as the tiny narratives are woven together it strikes you that this is a film about things going out of control. The sheep is upside down and cannot seem to right itself. The woman desperately tries to drink from a glass of water but manages instead to hiccup at just the wrong moment and spills the water to join the ever growing puddles on the floor. A woman on the bouncy castle looses bladder control. The weather is uncontrollable by man or machine. It’s all so simple when it clicks into place and despite it’s short running time becomes surprisingly effective. It’s well shot apart from a few scenes that may have been left intentionally ungraded and though undoubtedly cost very little to make looks quite sumptuous for what it is. That’s one of the good things about short form of course, the budget doesn’t really have to spread very far.
Things take a slight turn for the bizarre as it is revealed that bouncy castle woman wasn’t in fact loosing bladder control but that whet we saw were her waters breaking and that she is now delivering her child while watched by a fascinate party of children. It’s a suddenly macabre moment with the glassy eyed stares of the children lending her plight an added poignancy. The sheep has managed to right itself however and we are left at the end with the original blonde girl, sitting in her chair waiting for…whatever. A smile creases her face, she had managed to down the water and appears to be cured.
Until the final frame where she hiccups once more and everything goes out of control again.
Director: Derville Quigley
Cast: Miranda Keeling, Joanne Morgan