The long and short of Spike Jonze

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It took five years for Spike Jonze to purge his childhood obsession and finally realise Where The Wild Things Are. Five years in which a genuine maverick of film was to learn what Hollywood – big suits, studio bosses, hundreds of millions of dollars of someone else’s money Hollywood – was like.

“It was… tough,” he says. “Beyond tough. Making [new movie] I’m Here was like the holiday I took afterwards.” I’m Here marks his return to short film, a collaboration with Absolut and the first short to open Sundance Film Festival.

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It is the tale of two robots in the near future, so advanced (yet lovingly rendered in ZX Spectrum era lo-tech) that when decommissioned they are allowed to go about normal lives, contributing to society. They meet and as is the case with any truly great tale of falling in love, ultimately come to destroy each other. Literally.

Starring Britain’s Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory, it’s a customary feat of imagination, not to mention puppetry that should close Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop for an afternoon as a mark of respect. It is, like the best Jonze’s work, the kind of melding of beautiful and weird it seems other directors are too scared to attempt. It’s the produce of a man who knows you work so much better when your boss isn’t breathing down your neck. David Whitehouse

For details of special screenings of I’m Here in London, Edinburgh and Manchester, visit www.absolut.com/uk/imhere