I was blown away by the Scottish feature film For Those in Peril from Paul Wright when I saw it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year. I loved it so much I instant looked for his previous shorts and the only one I could find online was his first film; Hikikomori, made in his final year at RSAMD; it went onto win Best Film at the BAFTA Students on Screen Awards in 2007.
Hikikomori is the story of a boy who takes sanctuary in his bedroom, then refuses to leave. It’s about an outsider living an alternative existence.
The film’s title is a Japanese term which refers to the phenomenon of reclusive individuals who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement due to various personal and social factors in their lives.
Having found it and watched it, I can completely see where For Those in Peril came from and it was fascinating to see how similar themes were being explored several years, and films, later.
I’d recommend the film, it’s a real work of art that has a story and engaging characters/performances and when you get the chance you must see For Those in Peril, a truly amazing film.