Synopsis by Nathan Southern
In the eighteen-minute short Cashback (2004) fashion photographer Sean Ellis pays satirical, surrealistic homage to those with gifted and creative minds, who end up stuck in routine, menial jobs. Sean Biggerstaff plays Ben Willis, an art school student who whiles away his waking hours doing the graveyard shift at a local supermarket. Each of Ben's fellow employees concocts a creative means of dealing with the endless time that lies before him, from tricking female customers into buying risqué shampoo bottles to racing one another through the store, on scooters. Ben's "technique" involves stopping time; he then removes the clothes from each woman who enters the establishment, and draws her, in his imagination - thus paying unabashed and straight-faced tribute to the female form.
clerk, fantasy, graveyard-shift, supermarket