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NEW SHORTS #9 THRILLER!
Sat 11 Jan 23:30 Rio Cinema
It’s a late night thrill ride in these tense stories of drug deals, gangsters, assassins and chases. Watch out for The Monkey Cage, a new drug-fuelled fiction short by award-winning Bill Hicks documentary director Matt Harlock, and brilliant performances from Maxine Peake and Four Lions’ Adeel Akhtar in Keeping Up With The Jonses.
Includes the ShortsTV award for BEST THRILLER SHORT
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
MIchael Pearce 28 mins
Celia is kidnapped by two criminals looking for her politician husband, and as they track him down a more personal crisis begins to emerge.
Sam Kynan Powell 19 mins
Tom, a 23 year old, works as a courier for a shifty inner-city network. Unwittingly, he delivers a dangerous new substance to a house resulting in the accidental death of a young boy. He goes to meet the boy's father and, instead of what Tom fears, they form an unlikely alliance.
MONKEY CAGE, THE
Matt Harlock 12 mins
Two strangers, from different worlds, enter into a dangerous game. A writer looking for the truth, a criminal looking for a way out, and a story that will change everything.
Marcos Villasenor 2 mins
For the past 40 minutes, Toshiro has been running from one phone box to another, answering calls from a man that threatens to kill his daughter. 7 minutes is all he has to reach the next phone, where the ghosts of his past will forever change his future.
Sam McMullen 10 mins
In escaping a murderous foe, a mysterious boy bursts into an internet cafe, seeking help from the stone-faced owner. No help is offered, and the boy must hope that his nemesis will not find him trapped in this strange, other-worldly place. A place where fear and paranoia are rife, and with no exit but the door he came through.
William Bridges 15 mins
When newly elected MP Richard Dove runs over a young girl on a deserted forest road he fatally decides to bury her in the woods and save his blossoming career. But when he returns to his car he finds the girl's mother desperately searching for her daughter. She recognises him and asks for his help unaware of the dark secret he is keeping.. Richard must now lead the mother on a search through the forest for the girl he has just buried, but with every attempt to convince the mother to leave the woods the closer they get to the grave.
Stuart Elliot 4 mins
Jerry is a low-end hood with one job to do. Hide the loot. Easy. Or it would be, if he could remember where he stashed it.
Prano Bailey-Bond 10 mins
Hung, a young Vietnamese man, is trafficked abroad on the promise of a job and a new life. Forced to work in a cannabis factory upon arrival he becomes a prisoner in a new world. Winner of the Unchosen Film Campaign Against Human Trafficking. Based on a real life case study from ECPAT UK.