Salt and Iron is a waking nightmare of a short, sporting an eerie -- Hammer-esque -- electronic synth style score, and minimal dialogue. In fact, what bit there is, would probably not be missed at all if removed, especially given how much is done with the rest of its aural elements. Visually, the film is dressed with floral serenity, and shot from the perspective of the male gaze. The women are played as seductresses, using their body language to tempt and lure, poetically turning the fisherman into a fish.
If there's anything to be said about George James Fraser's work, it's that each new endeavor demonstrates a marked improvement in various aspects of filmmaking. Salt and Iron is no exception. Here, Fraser weaves a dark-fantasy horror story involving a gruff, drunk, fisherman that happens across the woman of his dreams -- or so he thinks. Without giving too much away, as more of these back-wood-boggy-sirens begin to show up, our delirious drool bucket of a protagonist begins to suspect that perhaps he should have played this one as a catch and release.
Look for the premiere of Salt and Iron at the upcoming Happenstance film festival, June 12th. Certainly a fantastic way to kick off the night.