A western-obsessed school girl wreaks havoc on her sleepy suburb in Fidel Ruiz-Healy’s ‘A Band of Thieves’

Posted in Film, Short Films
By Sam Bathe on 6 Jan 2018


When a bow and arrow trick leaves her brother needing an eye patch, western movies-obsessed Josie has her allowance revoked, left instead to make her own fun. Steadfast on turning her quiet Texas suburb into the lawless playground of her imagination, she ropes in a partner-in-crime, steals a gun, and sets out on the sort of crime spree even John Wayne would be proud of. Building to an almighty crescendo, director Fidel Ruiz-Healy’s pint-sized anti-heroes reference the likes of Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino, with its young cast turning in excellent performances across the board. A Band of Thieves has a carefree, fun-loving vein that runs through its core, from cute little set pieces, to slomo-gun battles, the film is Ruiz-Healy’s NYU thesis project, and hopefully the shape of more things to come.

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