Darren Jamieson

The Keeper

August 4, 2011

Darren Jamieson

This post is sponsored by Santander

We all have our little eccentricities, our passions, and this short film titled ‘The Keeper’ is a funny little documentary about a man with a passion for collecting. However, unlike most people who ‘collect’ the man doesn’t seek out model trains, coins or even beer mats. No, this collection consists of debit card statements – which makes it the perfect little film for banking giant Santander.

I have to confess that, while I find this behaviour a tad odd, I could do with taking a leaf out of this man’s scrap book and storing all of my debit and credit card statements because, when it comes to doing my self-assessment, I can get into an awful mess trying to track down what payment was for what item. Plus, as someone with many visible obsessions and a passion for collecting, I can see where this collecting habit is coming from.

The short film was the MOFILM winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and was created for Santander by Chris Bailey and Jake Naish. MOFILM gives help to people who want to break into the film business by putting them in contact with some of the world’s biggest brands, who provide the financial backing for projects that would otherwise never have happened. This results in some truly delightful little films from some very talented filmmakers, all with a twist or a point to make.

What is really touching about this short film is that doesn’t attempt to ridicule the subject, or to make him a figure of fun – as so many genuine documentary programs currently airing in TV do so often.

Have a watch and see what you think of The Keeper.

Darren has enjoyed an interest in film for many years, studying the subject at Newport Film School where he worked on the film ‘Cop on the Edge IX: Prelude to Justice‘ in a directing and acting capacity. The official site can be enjoyed here. Darren setup WhatDVD.Net in 2003 to further his love of films and to write passionately about the movies he enjoys, and about those that he doesn’t.

Although his day-to-day activities mean that he now has less time to review movies than he would ideally prefer, he still tries to review new releases, and DVDs from his extensive collection, whenever possible.
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