Teen dramas are commonplace in the market, but rarely do they pack the impact they intend to. Hazel is the exception. The story may not be completely original but it is presented in a way that is compelling and interesting. The imagery and colour palette compliment the tone of the film perfectly making it an easy and palatable watch.

The film provides performances that convey the emotion within the story effectively, creating characters that are relatable and dynamic. The script is well rounded and written in a way that isn’t contrived or on the nose. Strong editing and sound mixing work well to emphasise the impact of the film. Costume and Set design support the overall tone of the film but don’t distract from the narrative.

Hazel provides a compelling narrative and encompassing atmosphere that keeps the audience interested throughout. A strong and enjoyable short film.