‘Left Over’ by David N. Drake

'Left Over' is an understated short about alcoholism that keeps from verging into mawkish territory at every turn.

by Nick Kush

Nel packs up her late father’s home while simultaneously unpacking memories of their volatile relationship.


Nick Kush: I very much admire Left Over‘s preference for small-stakes character building instead of histrionics. There are no screaming matches between Chloe Pirrie and Ian Hart; Hart’s character doesn’t start guzzling liquor to put an exclamation point on his alcoholism. Rather, a lot of this behavior has been habitualized, which makes the character interactions far more honest and devastating. The best moments see Pirrie’s character alone, either cleaning or just contemplating her relationship with her father as he dozes off next to her. Left Over makes great use of its natural breaths.



Nel – Chloe Pirrie
Mick – Ian Hart

Writer and Director – David N. Drake / daviddrake.co.uk
Producer – Ludovico Zanette
Cinematographer – Evelyn Lindberg / evy.li
Casting Director – Kharmel Cochrane / kharmelcochrane.com
Production Designer – Paulina Camacho
Editor – Ian Drake / ianwdrake.com
Composer – Jack Brady Spelman / jackbradyspelman.co.uk
Sound Designer – Ed Rousseau / edrousseau.com
Costume Designer – Caitlin Brown / caitlinrobbbrown.com
Executive Producer – Thomas Wightman
Production Manager – Ewelina Dziedzic
1st Assistant Director – Julian Lara-Cid


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Nick Kush September 18, 2022 - 10:04 am

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