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NEW SHORTS #29 YOUTH OF TODAY
Sun 19 Jan 12:30 Curzon Soho
A programme of shorts about growing up and coming-of-age in our difficult times. Featuring childhood innocence corrupted, peer pressure among urban youth, and teenage boredom that leads to life-changing situations. Includes Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong’s No Kaddish In Carmarthen.
Lewis Arnold 24 mins
A young boy’s lies cuts through the calm of a family holiday and leaves a trail in its wake that threatens to grow into something more dangerous as dusk approaches.
Simon Ball 7 mins
Four children hang out in the middle of nowhere. An act of bullying sets them on a journey where they make a discovery that will change their lives forever.
HARRIET AND THE MATCHES
Miranda Howard-Williams 4 mins
“It almost makes me cry to tell what foolish Harriet befell...” 'Harriet and the Matches' is a dark cautionary tale about a lonely little girl. Featuring rising star Helena Barlow and with the vocal talents of Cillian Murphy and Bernice Stegers, the film mixes live action with puppetry and stop motion to create a visually spectacular and atmospheric tale.
Sam Johnson 8 mins
Set on 8th August 2011, Jasmine's Revolution depicts an hour in the life of 9 year old Jasmine, who having watched the London riots on television and radio, goes to some extraordinary and poignant lengths to stand up to the family who ignore and oppress her.
NO KADDISH IN CARMARTHEN
Jesse Armstrong 13 mins
Gwyn is confused. Who is he, how should he act? He's 15 and neither of these things are clear. He's on the edge of being eased out from his daily visits to see his best friend's girlfriend. He's on the verge of being beaten up. Can he survive the beating and protect his most important relationship?
Immanuel von Bennigsen / Laurence Spellman 16 mins
There's only so much crap a young boy is willing to take. Knocked down six times, he'll get back up seven. Meet Paddy. He's cooler than you.
Roland Kennedy 14 mins
An innocuous kids’ football game becomes a scene of aggression and loss of control. Separate worlds collide. Minor acts of rebellion are perceived as dark threat by someone who has never known what it is to exist on the other side of the demarcated lines. The film captures the way tragedy can suddenly puncture the banality of everyday life.
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
Andrew Brand 5 mins
What happens when there's nothing to steal?
Brian Duffy 11 mins
“Strangers” is about a Deaf teenager in a hearing family, where communication is not clear. An interpreter arrives on her own because the social worker is held up, and suddenly the son has a voice with which to express himself, much the astonishment of his parents.
Jonathan Lowe 5 mins
A young boy collects blackberries along a rural London path; a loner preferring the solitude of nature. A young girl approaches, offering him a handful of unripe green berries. He accepts graciously before she is escorted away by three young boys. An act of cruelty and humiliation towards the girl inspires an act of empathy and humanity from the boy.