Short Film of the Week: The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy

Posted in Short Film of the Week, Top Stories by - March 30, 2016
Short Film of the Week: The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy

The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy is a film in which you’ll fall in love with it’s beautiful scenery, and even more so it’s beautiful characters.

We begin the film with a calm, charismatic man with richness in his voice describing his love and infatuation with a well made suit. He continues describing how he traveled the world and along the way collected many quality suits, all the while we’re being introduced to Mr. Bellamy, an obviously hard working man who’s sole source of income comes from hunting and cleaning used Coca-Cola bottles to resell. It is difficult to describe how truly amazing Stan Brown’s performance was as Mister Bellamy. Through Bellamy’s eyes and facial expressions we are able to feel what he feels, and this is a compliment to Brown’s skillful acting. We see a man who is plagued by living in the south in the 1960’s. Technically, a free man, but still held captive by racism and bigotry.

Things begin to look up for Mister Bellamy, when he sees an advertisement for a janitorial job, claiming to be hiring people of “All Colors”. Bellamy, being the hard working and prideful individual that he is, he realizes that his current wardrobe isn’t going to be proper for an interview, so he cracks out the old sewing machine and decides to make his own clothes, leading up to a suit.

I’ll leave you to experience the rest of the story, as a narrative as beautiful as this should not be spoiled. Director Alexander Jeffery is able to depict a life long struggle in sixteen short minutes, with the help of Writer Paul T.O. Petersen, who pens a gorgeous screenplay. In The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy, we find a story that leaves us wanting for more. We want to know Mister Bellamy, we want to be there to see him reach his potential, we want to experience life through his delightful perspective. Films like this remind me that filmmakers with rare talent still exist, and the delicacy and thought put into this short film show that Alexander Jeffery is a future leader in film making. I truly hope to see more of his work in the future and hope everyone has an opportunity to experience The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy.

The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy won the Louisiana Film Prize for both the Grand Prize and Best Actor Award. In addition to that, they have screened at Dam Short Film Festival, Southern Screen Film Festival, Ponchartrain Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, Oxford Film Festival, and Omaha Film Festival where they won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.

Be sure to catch The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy at their upcoming festival screenings:

Cleveland International Film Festival: March 31st, 2016 
Kansas City Film Festival: April 16th, 2016
Louisiana International Film Festival: April 15th, 2016

 

Keep up with the film’s happenings on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bespoketailoringofmisterbellamy/

Official Trailer:

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4 Comments on "Short Film of the Week: The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy"

  • Spencer Hays

    I watched this movie at the Louisiana Film Festival . I’m a 62 year old man with children and grandchildren and an attorney since 1982. I cannot tell my friends about this movie without getting choked up. Sometimes I cannot even finish the story. I’ve watched hundreds of movies and this little film is my favorite. It should be required viewing in every school in the country as well as every church. The heart and humanity of the young attorney and Mr. Bellamy are overpowering. The movie won the competition and $50,000.00 The prize should have been 5 million. Okay . That’s all.
    NOW WATCH THE MOVIE

    • Stan

      Atty Hays you’ve got me choked up too. Thank you from the core of my being. All the best to you and your family.
      Stan Brown
      (Mister Bellamy)

  • I just watched this on the Short Film Channel. This is one of the finest movies I have ever seen during my 52 years on the planet. It has restored my faith in humanity. This film is a gift that should be shared with family and friends and viewed over and over. Thanks to the cast and crew especially Stan Brown, Laura Barrow and Rex Austin Barrow, you were all wonderful. Thanks very much.

    • Stan Brown

      Thank you so much Mr. Singer. You’re very kind and generous.
      All the best to you now and always.
      Stan Brown

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