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NEW SHORTS #2 LO-BUDGET MAYHEM
Fri 10 Jan 23:00 ICA, Cinema 1
Expect a raucous show with our regular and popular showcase of low budget filmmaking; a selection of 29 out-there gems from bad taste depravity to bizarre animation in just over 100 minutes! These films go to show that in times of austerity, inventive work can be made on zero budget. Watch out for the return of Dog Judo and Nitro Warriors, and the excellent seventies horror spoof Satan’s Parish (a la Wicker Man style!)
Ending this programme will be 3 winning short animations inspired by by Tatty Devine Hot House jewellery.
Includes the Lomography Award for Best Lo-Budget Film
Katie Pow 5 mins
Bleached is a darkly hilarious comedy about 30-something Lydia having a near nervous breakdown at the hands of her hairdresser Jakob. His prying question sends her down a paranoid spiral about her past, present and future wondering if she will end up alone eaten by cats. Some questions are better left unasked, especially during an early morning hair appointment.
BOB BY OLIVER SMITH
Oliver Smith 2 mins
38 fake film title sequences to the tune of 'Bob' by 'Weird Al'
Tom Bridger 14 mins
A young man meets his future father-in-law and is put to the test. How much can he stand?
DEAR MR WINTON
Matthew Gilligan 2 mins
Dear Mr Winton recounts a real piece of correspondence between former Super Market Sweep host- Dale Winton and an aspiring video game designer who is keen to bring his vision of “Dale Winton and the Magic Castle” to life. A reading of the initial letter is set to footage of a game that may never be.
Brett Harvey 2 mins
A short film about a very naughty beast.
DOG JUDO: STEALTH
12foot6 2 mins
Pubs cannot charge thirsty dogs £5 a pint and expect to get away with it (if the barmaid is asleep.)
DOG JUDO: TRAGEDY OF ROLY
12foot6 2 mins
After accidentally joining the navy and losing a leg, Roy’s annoying cousin Roly shows up needing somewhere to stay, and rap.
Rebecca Manley 1 mins
British fun fair meets Spaghetti Western in cardboard.
Andrew Brand 2 mins
Two excitable fox cubs find a new way to keep fit.
London Animation Club 2 mins
An animated comic maelstrom starring Neil Armstrong, Emmeline Pankhurst and Boris Johnson. It is a group-project by members of London Animation Club, inspired by a Surrealist game of the same name. Each participant animates 100 frames and the last frame of one person's sequence becomes the first of the next person's. The result is a film that is more than the sum of its parts.
FILM BY ABIGAIL, A
Paul Vernon 5 mins
A child discusses the characters and plot of an intricate story idea for a film. Looking at auterism, writing and storytelling - through the eyes of Abigail we see the difficulty of articulation and a single voice behind an optimistic piece of work she hopes to create.
FISHY TALE, A
Tom Rourke 1 mins
An awkward meeting of two fish in an English river.
Tony Plant 3 mins
FOREVER Skylarks is 3 minutes of 'bare bones focus'. A glimpse of what is both temporary AND real. Cornish born artist Tony Plant makes temporary, ephemeral, non invasive works in the landscape.
LITTLE HOUSE: MILK
Louise Stevens / Sharon Smith 5 mins
Little House is a satirical comedy of minute proportions. Off-kilter and hilariously weird, the viewer is fly-on-the-wall to a casual conversation between two dolls enjoying a quite drink in the privacy of their own home. In the first episode of this fictional series, dolls Christen and Magalie discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of selling breast milk on the open market.
LITTLE PERSPECTIVE, A
Richard Murphy 3 mins
A miniature model man and woman stand stranded on an alleyway floor in a terrifyingly big city. They are tiny and cannot move. A human man - like a giant to them - starts walking towards them. Can they get themselves seen and saved in time? Or will they be crushed under his huge feet?
MARK AND ALAN
Rob Reed 2 mins
Mark and Alan are out in the car for the day. Mark recently met a woman called Karen. Mark likes Karen, a lot. So he tries to give her a call...
MASSIVE ORANGE HEAD
Brook Morgan 4 mins
Massive Orange Head is the story of a middle-aged party girl who arrives at work with a giant orange instead of a head. Concerned colleague, Kate, questions Sue about her unsightly transformation, only to be swept deeper than she would have liked into ‘Sleepy Fun Land’, a place where fantasy and reality blur, and the normal rules of social engagement do not apply.
Nic Waissell 1 mins
Emilie and Emile wake in the morning to realise they just have to get away from each other... But where?
NITRO WARRIORS 2 - AFTERBURNER
Paul Greer 5 mins
The chase continues after the epic events of the critically-acclaimed 'Nitro Warriors - A Stop Motion Animated Film' and takes to the skies in 'Nitro Warriors 2 - Afterburner'. The gadget-laden Ford Mustang finds itself again under hot pursuit as it ducks, dives and rolls from skyscraper to skyscraper to outsmart hoards of police cars, missiles and... giant robots! The Mustangs' arch-nemesis, a relentless police Chevy Corvette, will once again stop at absolutely nothing to catch its mark...
Terry Thomas 2 mins
A polar bear searches for his missing friend but can't see what's in front of his eyes, as his friend has a unique form of camouflage.
Matt Freeth 5 mins
A couple have a perfect view to watch the last 3 minutes before the end of the world, but one of them has something they need to get off their chest.
Andrew McGinnigle 6 mins
Just another evening in the nightclub cattle market, drinks flow, girls meet boys, young couples fall in and out of love. One young man thinks he has met the woman of his dreams but is it romance she's really looking for?
ROYAL (8-BIT) JUBBLIES, THE
Liam Tate and Jamie Stanton 3 mins
Life is a man's game, especially when you're an 8-BIT princess with ridiculously oversized royal jubblies. Hounded by the SUPER DUPER BRITISH BROS who believe their in-game heroics entitle them to cop a feel, Princess attempts to prove her true worth... with a twisted Disney style musical number!
Emma Allen 1 mins
An animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another. It’s a face painted stop frame animation. I painted and photographed myself over 5 days, using just some face paints, a mirror and a camera.
Ian Bucknole 3 mins
A colour-coordinated action film that takes cues from the comic violence of ‘Tom and Jerry’ and the black humour of the ‘Road Runner’ cartoons. RVG tells the story of an impatient boy at a pedestrian crossing and the surreal chaos that ensues when he pushes the ‘Wait’ button one too many times. It’s a highway code throw down!
Matthew Radway 12 mins
In the 1970's a niche genre appeared in British film-making - folk horror. Presented as found footage, this film recreates the genre, whilst lovingly poking fun at it. A reporter is investigating a sleepy village. Discovering that the locals intend to sacrifice a young girl, she enlists the help of an expert in the occult. But is she too late?
SLOW DEATHS PART 3
Stuart Laws 3 mins
The last leg of a wildly contrasting trilogy sourced from the real-life traumas of a struggling stand-up comic, 'Slow Death: Part Three' is a bracingly cold stare into the murky arena of lower flight entertainment. A world of pain, disappointment, jacket potatoes, 90s trance and Des Lynam awaits you.
Adam McNicol and Tom Rourke 2 mins
Train is a short film starring Matthew Stevens and Glenn Moore and follows a man who has a stressful encounter with a teach yourself french tape.
TWO GENTLEMENT OF HONOUR
Joe Dearman 3 mins
Let battle commence! Absurdist pugilism - it's the strangest duel you'll ever see. Pixilation (stop motion animation using human actors) puts a surreal slant on a slapstick stand-off.