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NEW SHORTS #12 LANDSCAPE AS CHARACTER
Sun 12 Jan 20:00 Ritzy Picturehouse
A selection of short films mixing strong drama with more experimental work, bonded by a sense of the open landscape and cityscape. From the nightime streets of Bristol in Traces, to the mysterious edgelands of London’s borders in Arterial, to the remote Scottish Highlands of Strayed, to the disease blighted English dairy farmlands of Great & Small.
Christopher Smith 9 mins
Inspired by the Keats poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Arterial is a dream-like fantasy exploring desire and the impact of man's progress on nature. Written and Directed by Christopher Ian Smith. Starring Christian Kinde and Sheena May. Original soundtrack by renowned electronic music artists Isan.
AT THE TREE LINE
Simone Rowat 25 mins
“At The Tree Line” is a fable-like depiction a woman brought to the edge of her sanity when isolated in the harsh landscape of her abandoned family home.
DEWBERRY EMPIRE, THE
Christian Schlaeffer 7 mins
An eight year-old girl and six year-old boy amble through a strange and still summer afternoon in a world which seems to exist only for them.
GREAT and SMALL
Nilesh Patel 9 mins
More than 10 million sheep and cattle were burned in the United Kingdom during the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001. Over a decade later, a farmer still suffers.
HOW TO COUNT SHEEP
Rachael Olga Lloyd 6 mins
A young girl finds herself plagued by insomnia and so resorts to the age-old tradition of counting sheep. However, counting sheep may not be as simple as it seems…
NOT DARK YET
Fleur Disney 8 mins
Set around an imposing fallen tree, this short contemplates the connection between nature and the spiritual world. When Lucy stumbles on a quiet, watchful grove, we encounter the tree's playful, yet vaguely threatening residents. Whether a figment of Lucy's imagination, or an actual force for mischief, the intentions of these curious inhabitants is unclear, which leaves us with unsettling questions.
Ian Waugh 15 mins
Tracy flees from a country house party into the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Defeated by the land, she is discovered by a passing runner. Reluctantly accepting his help, she soon doubts the honesty of his intentions.
Shola Amoo 13 mins
Jessica and George meet in an open field at a specific time and place everyday. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever.
Anthony Sutcliffe 4 mins
A young woman, captured on CCTV on a night out, reveals her readiness for whatever fate has in store for her.