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NEW SHORTS #16 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DOCS
Tue 14 Jan 18:30 ROXY Bar & Screen
Sense of Space
Whether it’s a pub, a market, a village or an island, the places we inhabit shape us, and we shape them. Frequently funny, often nostalgic and sometimes tinged with stoical sadness, these top notch short docs are about people and place; and in an ever-changing world they invariably carry the heavy weight and anticipation of an uncertain future.
Sense of Self
This selection of portraits, snapshots and contemplations concentrates on real people, whether they’re mould-breaking one-of-a kinds or regular Joes telling their tale. Real stories, musings, revelations and insights abound in this excellent collection of new documentary shorts.
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Ed Cartledge 14 mins
Closure is a short, experimental documentary focusing on one woman’s valiant campaign to save her childhood home (a local pub) from closure and demolition. As hopes for the campaign fade in the face of unrealistic renovation costs, Úna reflects upon the connection between the building's deterioration and that of both her ageing mother (the former landlady) and her local community.
Lewis Khan 11 mins
A friend, a neighbour, a familiar face in the street. Georgetown is an intimate view into the life of another. During a period of my adolescence that saw playing football in the street as a daily ritual, we often shared the same space. Frequently we would meet with a simple nod, more frequently a hello, and on occasion George would join in for a kick about. Georgetown is informed by six years of these impromptu and informal meetings in the street, usually the same one.
Nick Tree, Harvey Marcus 18 mins
Jeannette Charles, an 86 year old widow, lives in Chelmsford, Essex and is the most successful Queen look-a-like in the world. Mary Reynolds, 80, is also a widow and lives in Harrow, North London. Mary has been hailed as Jeanette's natural successor to the throne.
IT'S HARD WORK GETTING ON AND OFF
Billy Bolton / Joe Wilson 5 mins
It’s Hard Work Getting On and Off is one of six films that make up SEA MEN. SEA MEN is a collection of short documentaries filmed on the English coast, chronicling encounters with men and boys, and their relationship to the places they inhabit.
LIGHTS OF FLUSHING, THE
Anna Snowball 10 mins
This short film explores the unusual traditions of the locals of a small coastal village in Cornwall, who remember those who have passed away through memorial lights. It raises questions about the impermanence of life and the importance of community, through its discoveries within the place.
Charity Wakefield, Helen Bolter and Frances Millar 10 mins
Memento Vitae is a documentary short that paints a delicate and vibrant portrait of Patricia. It explores the human capacity to attach memory to the physical objects we collect and keep. Through this moving encounter we discover how love and loss can be held on to and contemplate the process of letting go.
Felipe Bustos Sierra 13 mins
In a small Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. Four years pass before the engines, left to rust in factory yard, mysteriously disappear in the middle of the night
NICHE IN THE MARKET
Rod Main 2 mins
A short film about small shops. Meet Ben, Arif and Sadiq, the eternally optimist traders who operate out of tiny one-man shops in Brixton Market.
Rory Alexander Stewart 17 mins
'The Port O' Leith' is one of Edinburgh's most infamous pubs with it's own distinct traditions fueled by the stories of its tight-knit regulars. 'The Port' is an intimate and lively study of the community that makes up one of the last true locals in Edinburgh.
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Chloe White 12 mins
One day in a north London launderette with Kaz, the charismatic Cockney staff member who supplies her customers with snippets of advice on saving pennies, beard styles and life philosophies as she works through the mountain of washing.Recommended Washing Powder
Matan Rochlitz, Ivo Gormley 12 mins
Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate questions as they pace their routes. Liberated from responsibilities, their guards drop dramatically, releasing funny and brutally frank confessions, and weaving a powerful narrative behind the anonymous masses.
SHOOTING THE TRIBE
Gemma Atkinson & Fred Grace 9 mins
In 1989, the Kogi tribe of Colombia, sent us a warning, that if we continued to live the way we do, the destruction of the planet was assured. 25 years later, 'Shooting the Tribe' transports us back to the Sierra Nevada, to a world on the brink of extinction.
Matthew Farrelly 18 mins
The Hebridean island of Shuna was once home to a small farming community but it is now home to just one couple, Phil and Mandy Lloyd. This documentary records the sale of the last herd of cattle on Shuna and what this means for Phil and Mandy.
Oliver Murray 3 mins
Tom Clarke is a man who lives and breathes hunting for treasure. What began as a hobby in his early twenties quickly became a full fledged obsession. 40 years of collecting and thousands of found objects later Tom reflects on the grip treasure hunting has on his life.
JD Dean 3 mins
Recorded over a number of hours in a single evening, Wombmates is a reflection on growing up as a fraternal twin. Brothers reflect on their relationship and the resentment that comes with sharing a life with together. They recall memories and discuss the expectations imposed by others, and how seemingly polarised twins can actually be.
WORLD ACCORDING TO MR O'NEIL, THE
Emily Marcuson, Elena Andreicheva 7 mins
"I walked down the street and there were signs up everywhere... Room To Let; No Niggers, No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs" Over fifty years ago Mr O Neil left the Caribbean to start a new life in the UK. Now retired, the 76-year-old goes to his local community gym in west London every day. During his three hour work-outs, he shares his memories, stories and opinions with anyone who cares to listen. And even those who don't. A simple portrait of a very unusual, ordinary man.