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NEW SHORTS #30 A WINTER'S MATINEE OF ROMANTIC FILMS
Sun 19 Jan 13:00 Hackney Picturehouse
You may think “sweet and twee” at the sight of blossoming romance and young lovers, but this selection will bring a warmth to your heart on a cold winter’s afternoon. See marriage in the air in Fish Love and Popping The Question, romance blossom in Lou & Henry, and unrequited love in A German Word. Plus we like a film with a choreographed dance scene so look out for Moments and I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha.
BLINK OF AN EYE, THE
Jeremy Willmott 3 mins
Max Beckett is a young man with a gift. An ability that allows him to read other people’s future with just one look into their eyes. He’s learned to use this gift to his own advantage until one day when something happens that makes him question everything.
Carys Watford 2 mins
'Brace Yourself' is a short and sweet tale about a young girl named Clara. She's 24. Just met the boy dreams are made of. And she has to get braces fitted. Will that first dream kiss still be as sweet as she'd always hoped?
Jennifer Sheridan 3 mins
Catch is the lovely but slightly surreal story of a lonesome fisherman. During his daily fishing trip he hooks something unexpected and proves there’s more than just fish in the ocean.
Ryan Dean 4 mins
The film is set in an alternate universe where all of our social information and our genetic compatibility, on which relationships are now based, are stored in a new technology on our thumbprints. Trevor has not yet committed himself to the 'thumbing' trend but soon discovers it may be the only way to talk to the girl of his dreams.
Ruth Sewell 12 mins
Sex. Lies. Love. Fish. Mat and Ali are a contented couple until one day a mystery woman arrives on their doorstep to expose the hidden cracks in their relationship. FISH LOVE is an offbeat romantic comedy with a highly identifiable problem at its heart. It’s about a girl who won't grow up and a guy who won't let go.
GERMAN WORD, A
Will Webb 8 mins
Language-obsessed James is in a state of unrequited admiration for Lucy, whose boyfriend appears to be the perfect man. What follows is a black comedy about hipsters and the difficulty of finding love in a post-modern world. After all, how can you find love if you're always trying to be ironic?
Liz Murphy 8 mins
Sometimes with love, everything feels right - you feel compelled and drawn to another person, even though on paper it might not add up. Charlie is a 30 something dreamer - with a small lock embedded in her chest over her heart. George worships the ground she walks on, and on a cold winter night everything seems to fall into place - but will George be the right fit?
I WANT TO BE HAPPY CHA CHA CHA
Jonathan Schey 14 mins
22 year old Claire ought to be out having fun but she's stuck working night shifts at a motorway diner. She's waiting for something to happen, anything to break up the endless cycle of eat, work, sleep. Then a new customer starts showing up. Perhaps he can be her ticket out.
LOU & HENRY
Ellie Rogers 16 mins
A coming of age drama set in a remote coastal cottage during the winter holidays. Two families reunite for a weekend after three years of being apart. For the parents it seems as if no time has passed, but for the children a rift has appeared and they struggle to relate to each other after such a long time apart.
Chris Conin 5 mins
'Moments' is the story of a young man who always seems to just miss out on those special moments in life. But a chance encounter with a beautiful and mysterious woman promises to change all that forever. With only his determination, a flurry of confetti and an irrepressible love of dance, he sets out to win her heart.
NO LOVE LOST
Shekhar Bassi 14 mins
A boy and girl, nurturing a secret romance, despite the realities of their backgrounds, are unaware that the boy is being stalked. While the young lovers struggle to be open about their relationship, the stalker's intention reveals a thought provoking turn culminating in the trio coming face to face.
Oliver Lavery-Farag 5 mins
What do you say on a date? Because things can get really awkward, really quickly. The silences can be warm and powerful or cold and empty. At the end of dinner Peter and Sophie sit across the table from each other and talk about everything and nothing. What do you look for in a woman? What are you going to do with the rest of your life? The answers to these questions can be unexpected in revealing the situation that these two people are in.
POPPING THE QUESTION
Kingsley Hoskins 3 mins
A hopeless romantic tries desperately to find the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend.
SEX BY NUMBERS
Jamie Sims 4 mins
Set within a bedroom, the film takes place during those limbo-esq moments between a new couple following sex. It plays on lies, detecting lies, honesty, insecurity, paranoia, wants, needs and at some point: Love.
Mark S. Wright 3 mins
A silent romantic short film telling the tale of a young couple's Valentine's Day, viewed from the perspective of two teddy bears. They are the centerpiece of the couple's romantic celebrations until a suspicious text threatens to tear them apart, throwing them into a conflict between a couple who, unlike the bears themselves, simply weren't made for each other.