Having built a cult following thanks to her two previous shorts, Katie Bonham returns to the director’s chair with her latest effort, The Paper Round.

A sizeable step forward from the frenetic, in-your-face chaos of The Porcelain Ground, The Paper Round is a much quieter affair, switching psychopathic killers for the humdrum of suburban normality – with a sinister twist of course.

The set-up is a simple one, throwing the viewer into the seemingly mundane life of ‘the man’ (James Watts), sat at his breakfast table in what appears to be a neverending, ‘Groundhog Day’ cycle of reliving the same day over and over.

We know there has to be a darker edge to all this, and we know there has to be some involvement on the part of the paper delivery boy (Drew Kemp), and Bonham attempts to keep us guessing.

But, if we had to highlight any problem with The Paper Round (we are critics after all, and wouldn’t be doing our job otherwise), the ‘mystery’ isn’t that much of a mystery at all.

Perhaps though that isn’t Bonham’s point, and regardless one can still marvel at the smooth camerawork, the assured ‘I know what I’m doing’ vibe that permeates every frame, and the sterling soundtrack work from Patrick Edward Fagan that does an awful lot to enhance the mood.

Clocking in at five minutes, The Paper Round is a considerable jump from the gut-punch-and-then-its-over two minute harem-scarem effort that was The Porcelain Ground, and a much better showcase of the director’s abilities.

Bonham is clearly a talent with a great future ahead of her – and we’ll happily join her for that ride.

Frightfest Glasgow review: The Paper Round
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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle