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NEW SHORTS: Gothic!
Sat 10 Jan 20:00 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 3
Through a glass darkly for a selection of gothic horror tinged fairy stories for a dark winter’s night. There’s mysterious yet intoxicating stories of sexual secrets in 1950s suburbia in ROOM 55, an obsession with hair in THE SILKEN STRAND, a creepy florists in SUB ROSA (featuring Prunella Scales), and a boys school with a secret in THE SUBSTITUTE (featuring David Bamber).
Rose Glass 21 mins
Room 55' follows the journey of Alice Lawson as she spends an unplanned night alone at the mysterious Clove Hotel. Over the course of her stay, Alice gradually realises that beneath the refined appearance of her new surroundings lies something darker and more seductive... What are those strange noises coming from the neighbouring room? And what is happening in room 55?
Maria Lloyd 12 mins
When you shatter your fantasies the pain may be crippling or transformative. You will want to go back to the fantasies because you will never be sure whether you have really broken free."" The film mixes stop frame animation with dance, puppetry and live action. It is filmed in the amazing underworld of Wieliczka salt mines outside Krakow in Poland.
Alice Lowe 10 mins
The directorial debut of writer/actress Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS; GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE), Solitudo is the austere tale a nun living in isolation at a rural convent. She attempts to adhere to the strict Benedictine daily routine, but something wants to disrupt her. She is terrorized by an ever encroaching darkness. Is the darkness coming for her... or from within?
Thora Hilmarsdottir 15 mins
Tilda, an eight year old girl, grows up with her grandmother who runs a flower store. She roams freely around the shop and discovers a world of indecent activities lurking behind closed doors. She peeks through cracks in the walls and sees things that she shouldn't see. Her behaviour starts to change and develops a deranged self-image.
Shaun Clark & Kim Noce 7 mins
An animation about western society hidden fears. When the residents awake to find the key missing to the Town gate frustration soon sets in. Only this key is happy to be lost and keen to show some things should not be found.
THE SILKEN STRAND
Rose Glass 16 mins
Trichophilia. Etymology - Greek tricho, ""hair"" + philia, ""love"". Noun - a paraphilia in which one is sexually aroused by, or extremely fond of, human hair. Edward and Annie are a couple who share an intense relationship which revolves around Edward's fixation with Annie's hair. However, what starts off as an innocent, mutually enjoyed fetish soon turns into a bizarre obsession that gradually consumes them both..."
Nathan Hughes-Berry 22 mins
A young teacher takes a job at an unusual private school where she starts to realise the boys have a sinister power over the girls. As the day goes on, the newly appointed substitute starts to lose her control over the class as the boys predatory behaviour intensifies and becomes increasingly threatening, forcing her to question what is really happening at the school.