Tusk is a promising short film completed by Rory Waudby-Tolley during his first year at the Royal College of Art. The film’s central question is about outsider identity, examined through the whimsical perspective of a mammoth unfrozen from the ice.

The film is charmingly animated with a flat background that, along with directional focus, concentrates attention on the characters.

The only issues occur when the short is too simple or too ambiguous; then the impact is lessened, although there are some insightful moments.

Nevertheless, Tusk has a beautiful and striking visual style that shows abundant promise.

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CAST: Sara Houghton, Gary Pillai

DIRECTOR: Rory Waudby-Tolley

WRITER: Rory Waudby-Tolley

SYNOPSIS: A defrosted mammoth awakens to an unrecognisable future.