Playing with Convention

A man’s social inwardness and love of his favourite drink drive the plot of Daniel Onyia’s comedy short Where’s My Supermalt. Playing on the conventions of communal pleasantries, the film shows how a young man, who arrives at a busy party on his own, is driven to extremes to retrieve his one source of comfort. 

Onyia uses a seemingly normal social situation to play out a Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque quandary, and in turn confronts the viewer with what they would do in a similar situation. 

A filmmaker and photographer from London, Onyia has taken his work to Berlin, Nigeria and Italy, and works with arts organisations, brands, charities, corporate companies to help audiences better understand the world around them.

The film played as part of Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2012’s Comedy programme. A longstanding strand of ASFF, the Comedy programme provides an interpretive, often cathartic slice of short filmmaking for audiences, and often captures in-part the political or societal zeitgeist of the time while offering broader takes on contemporary themes with a light or satirical touch. 

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