Directed by: Elle Jae Stewart / Thomas H Stewart
Written by: Elle Jae Stewart
Genre: Drama / Thriller
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Celebrity public relations woman Chelsea (Elle Jae Stewart) is the very definition of a tough, successful no nonsense woman. This is a woman who knows stress and can not only handle it, but spin it into what she needs at the time. This title makes sure its audience knows this woman means business, and a particularly troublesome client has her stretched to wits end. But there's more.
We quickly learn that a man we've already been introduced to is actually Chelsea's husband (Marcus Henderson) and even more importantly, he's been having an affair that has yielded a baby; a baby that has a rare disease and requires plenty of blood transfusions to survive - from his parents. Because of the married situation Andrew, the husband, has opted to pay cash for the treatment of his son. This has paved the way for Chelsea to find out, and find out she does.
The remainder of this short film focuses on Chelsea's reaction and actions to her cheating husband, his mistress Corin (Chloe Paige Flowers) and their baby. Very quickly we find out that Chelsea doesn't have it together quite as much as we at first are led to believe. Or maybe it's better to write that she does, and is actually much more dangerous than we're led to believe. The climax of the short film puts the love triangle together, with the baby and a situation that does not look good for Andrew, Corin, and the baby. Not good at all.
Without question, this is a very nicely produced title. With some excellent performances from the leading cast, as well as from the supporting actors, Public Relations looks just as nice as your favorite television drama. When I first wrote this review, I was under the impression this was s short film but I stand corrected. This is, in fact, the first episode of a planned series. Initially I wrote that I didn't like the completely open nature of the ending, and I do still stand by that fact. Even knowing it is a series, getting some kind of episodic closure would have been great. However, the power of the cliff-hanger is undeniable and does do the trick. I did / do want to know what happens next and that's the point.
So, there you have it. Public Relations starts strong with a visually excellent looking episode that also happens to feature an excellent cast and some good writing. All the way up until you realize it's over and as of this writing, has no follow up episode. That's a good thing right? Elle and Thomas Stewart have a great introduction here and in truth I really would love to see what comes next. This is a series I would recommend and will be following along with hopes that it will definitely be continued. Thank you for reading.