The short and the short of it: The surreal delights of Melt Down’s body-less boy

(image via Vimeo (c) Amy J. Xu)


Melt Down was my senior year film at Pratt Institute. It’s a surrealist narrative story about a body-less boy who doesn’t want to go outside, among other wacky characters in a world where people melt from stress. (synopsis via Vimeo)

There is no denying that life can be an anxiety-causing nightmare at times.

Try as we might to weather the storms, literal and figurative, the reality is that it can feel overwhelming trying to navigate the stresses and strains of life.

In Amy J. Xu’s goregously-abstract short film Melt Down we see how stressful life can be but how small acts of kindness and comfort can make a profound difference to those around you.

Melt Down is stunningly beautiful on all kinds of level, a salve for the soul and a surrealist treat for the eye that reminds us how life can move from the nightmarish to the sublimely-lovely in a thoughtful instant.


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I am an extrovertive gay man living in Sydney who loves Indian food, current affairs, music, film and reading, caramel anything, and a beautiful guy called Steve who makes every day a delight. I am trying to get two novels in a trilogy ready for e-publication, love my iPhone & iPod, and am secretly Canadian in my soul. Life is fun, exciting and joyful and I aim to make the absolute most of it!

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