Beneath the Veneer of a Murder (2010) – By Brian Morton

If there’s one thing you can say about Angel Connell and his movies, it’s that they’re always different and always challenging in some way. Well, he continues his streak with his latest, Beneath the Veneer of a Murder.

In this 7 plus minute short, Angel takes a murder and what we know about it and then turns it on it’s head. Not unlike hearing about a story in the media, we see what’s going on and, invariably, draw our own conclusion about what’s happened. Then, during the closing credits, instead of a piece of music, Angel gives us a phone conversation that changes everything that we just thought we saw.

Angel is challenging us to look beneath what we think we see, to not just blindly assume that we know all the facts because of anything we might see on the news, to maybe take the time to get the real story before assuming that we’re right.

It’s an interesting short film that’s not only interesting, but makes you want to rewatch it straight away, just to confirm what just happened in your mind! I’m giving Beneath the Veneer of a Murder 4 out of 4 cigars, just for making me work my brain in a way that I never might have before! Way to go, Angel, my wife’s been trying to make me use my brain for years…and you did it in less than 8 minutes! You can find out more by heading over to