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NEW SHORTS #20 THE GOTHIC AND THE GROTESQUE
Tue 14 Jan 20:30 BFI, NFT3
Grotesque is disturbing. Gothic is magnificent. But both can be beautiful. LSFF joins the BFI Gothic season with a selection of British short films that draw on horror, darker themes and surreal scenarios. Filmmakers tackle challenging subjects to give us thought-provoking gems, shocking images that challenge our perceptions, and films that could be considered bad taste. These films veer from the downright bizarre to those that play with and subvert more traditional horror genres. Watch out for Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville in The Dinner Party, and This Is England’s Jo Hartley in Janet & Bernard.
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Giles Alderson 13 mins
Kline obsesses over a painting that portrays his idealised version of a woman. This leads him to entrap and keep a mysterious female in the dark labyrinth of 47 Cleveland. But what begins as an exercise in control turns into a deadly game that pits choice against chance.
A MOST ANNOYING GHOST
Damien Sung 3 mins
It's not the sort of thing I boast but in my house there lives a ghost. This is silly Daddy said, all this stuff is in your head. The ghost is real, not in my head, I think it lives beneath my bed. Hmmm, Daddy said. I'll tell you what, I'll check the bed...
Ian Pons Jewell 10 mins
Two men meet in a hypnotic bar. As they stroll through its back corridors, they get closer to handing over a surreal relay for an intriguing job
BEAST I AM, THE
Sam Steer 10 mins
A day trip to the museum turns into a fearsome odyssey. Going from reality into the underworld offers Theo the chance to meet his inner beast and commence the perilous journey towards manhood. There are many surprises awaiting in the bowels of the museum for our boy on the cusp of adolescence, but more shocking is what he finds in the depths of his subconscious.
Toby Meakins 5 mins
A ghost story about a girl who only appears when you hold your breath.
Robert McKillop 10 mins
After a date goes horribly wrong, a teenage girl finds comfort in a bizarre and fantastical creature that she discovers in a deserted hinterland on the outskirts of town. But when the boy returns and threatens her safety, she and the creature find the strength to fight back.
DINNER PARTY, THE
Emilia Reid 5 mins
One snowy evening a gentleman waits for his dinner party guests to arrive. He may be waiting some time...
Zak Klein 12 mins
In a support group for women who have been stalked, a young dancer talks of being followed by a strange fan over the years. A fan who believes she is not all human. Minutes into the testimony she finds he has followed her into the very room.
John Danvoye 6 mins
Erin, a middle aged woman, has lived all her life in solitude and concealed from the outside world. Her house is a fortress where she controls everything - or does she?
JANET AND BERNARD
Archie Powell 10 mins
What unspeakable secret lies behind the twitching curtains of innocuous suburbia? JANET and BERNARD is a dark love story about two people drawn together for a dinner date by a twisted obsession starring Jo Hartley (This Is England/Ill Manors) and Cavan Clerkin (Pulling). This short film is a debut by the writer and director, Archie Powell and producer, Ros Edwards
David Lilley 6 mins
Alone in the woods two sadistic killers execute a defenseless woman, but who is the victim?
Lewis Rose 5 mins
An artist's world begins to unravel as he discovers the darker side to painting a self-portrait. Racked by paranoia, he enters a downward spiral from which he and his art will never recover... Self Portrait is a surreal Gothic drama that has been described as “The Picture of Dorain Gray in reverse.
UPON YOUR ENEMY
Dan Shipton 4 mins
Doll invites three military generals to dine at her disused mansion as a means to get revenge for her war-scared face. Her dual personality leads us through the video as she feeds the generals a blood filled meal, ending in a visual depiction of how war dines on the young and innocent- quite literally....