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New Shorts #24: A WINTERâ€™S MATINEE OF ROMANTIC SHORTS
Sun 13 Jan 13:00 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 4
You may think â€˜sweetâ€™ and â€˜tweeâ€™ at the sight of blossoming romance and young lovers, but this selection will bring a warmth to your heart on a cold winterâ€™s afternoon. See romance blossom in the classroom and playground in BECOMING EIGHT and LOVE HURTS, and even the machines are at it in PROTO and COMPUTER LOVE.
Total: 109 mins
Stanislava Buevich 6 mins
A young girl wakes up her boyfriend early in the morning with an unusual request. She wants him to tell her about the fourth dimension...
Alyson Connew 8 mins
Becoming Eight tells the story of a boy at a Yorkshire school in England. Popular with the girls, but bullied by the boys, here comedy and drama join together to paint a picture of a day in the life of a normal boy. Our hero discovers that courage and friends are all you need to survive. Stars Charlie Connew as Jake.
Louisa Mayman 8 mins
The sudden intimacy of nakedness and the freedom of a stranger's ear.
Kate Jessop 2 mins
A Mac computer is so heartbroken he can’t render anymore. An animator finds she has to sort out her heartbroken Mac computers love life before her project can be rendered and completed…
Zak Klein 14 mins
Andrew is about to travel the world with his buddy Steve, but there's something he has to do first: break up with his girlfriend Emily and delete her on Facebook. Andrew is in for a big surprise though, and things aren’t so simple when dating and social networks combine. A topical comedy about what it means to delete those close to you.
Michael Pearce 10 mins
The spellbinding film featuring Hollyoaks actress, Holly Weston, has been created to help better convey the impact of a diagnosis with MS, the most common neurological condition affecting young adults. It uses narrative to explore the life-changing event of diagnosis through a compelling love story rather than solely focusing on the disease.
IN THE BACKSEAT
David Scurr 9 mins
From the backseat of his parents' car, the world outside seems distant and unknowable. Yet a chance encounter, and a little courage, are all that Sam Falleau needs to escape the confines of a life whose course is being decided for him. In the Backseat invites you to step inside a single moment in time, when the noise of living has fallen away, and the experience of being alive is everything.
Rowena Crowe 9 mins
Letter tape is an animated documentary about two engaged lovers separated by time zones and several oceans. The audio is an actual recording Cathy (the directors mother) made on a hired audio machine to communicate intimately to her fiance after frustrated broken telephone conversations.
Mike Forshaw 3 mins
Playground romance never runs smooth; A short film about (first) love...
ONCE AND FOR ALL
Ben Strebel 8 mins
Inspired by the song Once And For All by hotly tipped new British act Clock Opera. This short film evokes a sense of personal change and challenge - an individuals moment of inspiration to pluck up the courage to do something potentially life changing. We explore the dynamic between an elderly couple whose attempts to court each other are ultimately met with tragedy.
Nick Pittom 15 mins
‘PROTO’ is a sci-fi action adventure, about a child-like, experimental robot, set in the robotics lab where he has been built. Although PROTO has been made to fulfill the ambitions of his creator, Prof. Andrews, he learns to find his own dreams and ambitions, and also the strength needed to realise them. The main theme of the film is freedom, both literal and in the ability to choose one’s own destiny – to break free of expectations. We wish for the film, while an exciting and fun science fiction, to also capture a magical sense of wonder. PROTO will overcome the expectations and restrictions placed on him and discovering his true self.
SILENT KILLER, THE
Kelly Ferguson 5 mins
Not your average boy meets girl story.
WILL SAMPSON (...AND THE SELF-PERPETUATING CYCLE OF UNINTENDED ABSTINENCE)
Matt Roberts 12 mins
'Will Sampson (...and the self-perpetuating cycle of unintended abstinence)' is a love story between Will and his on-line infatuation Sofia, between Will and his best friend Niall and between Will and his beloved city, London. We follow Will and Niall in and out of cafes and nightclubs, as Niall tries to impart some of his Lothario wisdom onto the hapless Will, before his big first date with Sofia.