Most directors feel the need to overcompensate their material with cinematic flourishes, but Fitzgerald’s stripped down and intimate approach to the drama is far more rewarding. Splinters is a simple, quietly affecting family drama told in a humble manner; an authentic portrayal of an estranged family, where both the funny and moving moments come from the everyday. There’s no out of the ordinary dramatic twists here – and the film is all the better for it.
Closet Monster isn’t just an assured debut from yet another promising young filmmaker out of the myriad of hopeful artists out there – this is actually the real deal. Dunn has got personality and style and a special sensibility when it comes to observe his characters and the world they gravitate in.