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NEW SHORTS #22 FATHER
Thu 16 Jan 18:45 Hackney Picturehouse
The father is the bedrock of the family, or that’s the traditional notion. But no punches are pulled in this selection of films tackling parental love and the fraught relationships between child and father, whether absent or very much in charge. There’s Joseph Mawle as an alcoholic in The Beast (opposite Kate Dickie), and Michael Smiley as a priest in Father (opposite Antonia Campbell Hughes, and directed by Tamara Drewe’s writer Moira Buffini).
Corinna Faith 14 mins
A girl is captivated by the romantic myth of a beast on a moor, but a real beast is closer than she realized.
Ryan Vernava 13 mins
Craig wants to be a cowboy when he grows up. On his tenth birthday Craig's mum's lover buys him a present he will never forget. The Castle is a short drama following a young boy's coming of age and the breakdown of his family, set against the wild-east of the Essex coast.
Geoffrey Taylor 15 mins
On the week of Charlie’s 13th Birthday he makes a terrible discovery that brings him closer to his Father. Filled with shock he decides not to tell anyone and becomes immersed in a forgotten world that he doesn’t want to leave. This is an intimate portrayal of a Father and son’s relationship.
Moira Buffini 15 mins
Father is about family, desperation and loss of innocence. Donal, a fallen priest, is on the run and out of options when he finds himself at the door of an old flame and face to face with her daughter, Veronica. Just when the two realise their connection is deeper than either had expected, Veronica's hope and idealism is challenged as Donal is finally confronted by his past.
GIFT FROM GOD
William Kee 9 mins
Montgomery, a bereaved old man, recounts the life of his murdered grandson. The time has come for revenge, and it's going to be nasty. GIFT FROM GOD is about family and the formidable power of retribution. What begins as a reflective monologue quickly ascends into a bout of malevolence and barbarity.
Colum Eastwood 8 mins
Two sworn enemies take a journey together.
Bugsy Steel 6 mins
Three bank robbers father and his two sons, get locked inside their getaway car and learn more about each other in six minutes than they have their whole lives.
Chris Shepherd 17 mins
A son meets his father for the first time. He hopes to discover his origins and uncover his past but instead he discovers something completely different.