UK 102m, Colour
Director: Sean Ellis; Cast: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodwin
Cashback is a surprisingly smart erotic/comedy/romance that appears to be based on an idea from the 1994 novel “The Fermata” by Nicholson Baker which deals with the concept of what you might do if you could stop time. The film follows Ben, a heartbroken art student who uses his new found ability to stop time in order to undress, observe and draw the female form in unlikely places such as the supermarket. Interestingly, Cashback is decidedly far less lurid than The Fermata, and while the film contains copious amounts of nudity, it is much less about sex and more about beauty and love which are skillfully portrayed through Ben’s artistic “process” and his relationships with women (Klaus Ming May 2010).