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NEW SHORTS: A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films
Sun 11 Jan 14:00 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 3
The site of blossoming romance and young lovers making eyes at each other. Luverly! This selection of short films will bring a warmth to your heart on a cold January afternoon. Watch out for internet love story TOGETHER APART sound-tracked by The Cinematic Orchestra, plus backstage romance in UNDRESSED, the Sundance winning RUSSIAN ROULETTE, and Oscar winning animator Daniel Greaves’ new work Mr PLASTIMIME.
Jamie Sims 12 mins
Two strangers meet at a bus stop and strike up a friendship right when they needed each other the most.
Kate Jessop 3 mins
Dear Domenico is a mixed media 2D animation illustrating the beautiful letter from Stephano Gabanna to Domenico Dolce. Charting the break down of their relationship and the progression of their fashion label Dolce and Gabanna, it uses stop motion, fabric collage and digital drawing referencing the visual language of fashion. Commissioned by Festival Delle Lettere Milan, in association with Marie Claire Italia.
CONVERSATIONS WITH STRANGERS
James Sampson 10 mins
Conversations with Strangers is a unique combination of four short scenes, each penned by a different writer, centred on a couple on their first date. Weaving through ever-changing conversations this offbeat comedy drama offers a fresh perspective on the sweet, unpredictable and downright awkward subject of love ... and extra thick milkshakes.
William Bridges 11 mins
What if there was a test you could take to find out who your soul mate was? Simon has lent his best friend Adele the money to take the test and agreed to go with her to the clinic. But on the journey there, their own relationship comes into question, and so does the real reason he lent her the money.
LETTER TO AN EX
Lainey Richardson 4 mins
Adriana searches for a connection in a lonely metropolis. Inspired by a letter penned by the Italian author and screenwriter Ivan Controneo, Letter To An Ex is a touching portrayal of the journey we take to find that elusive answer to the question of what makes us human...love.
Joe Edwards 2 mins
A short film about finding love and mittens. Lost Mittens was created by Joe Edwards and Heather Wilson in three days for less than £10. The goal was to tell a moving story in 90 seconds through carefully orchestrated composition and colour.
Edward Smyth 4 mins
An experimental fiction film, told in memories. Touched and haunted by glimpses of his adolescence, an ageing man attempts to confront his past, reliving romance, death and random little encounters in the hope he can brighten his future. A-Level student film.
Daniel Greaves 10 mins
Mr. Plastimime is a funny and moving story about a man who faithfully practices a dying art, a man whose timing is a bit off, a man whose skills aren’t recognized, a man who is unlucky in love; But this is a man who keeps moving forward, faithfully believing he will one day finally be ‘seen’. That day has come… but he never expected it to be like this.
Ben Aston 5 mins
London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous cosmonaut on Chatroulette. Made for under £50 while in pre-production for another film, 'Russian Roulette' went on to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival. It's proof that the best effect your astro-short will ever need is a smart writer (Oli Fenton) and great actors (Bec Hill, Stewart Lockwood).
Stefan Georgiou 15 mins
Dan and Mia haven't had sex since before the birth of their son. Dan feels forced to take extreme action and makes the decision to dress as Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a ham-fisted attempt to get Mia back in the mood…
Rick Addlesee 7 mins
A romantic drama with horror elements. Katherine (Gabi Herrett) reminisces over the love of her life while dealing with a fate worse than death. Trapped on the other side of a door between the man she loves (Andrew Cullimore) and a stomach churning truth, Katherine must decide her own fate, love or death. All or nothing.
Mark Nunneley 9 mins
Sweethearts Grigory and Alena are at universities on opposite sides of Russia. A Skype relationship is better than nothing, but Alena is counting the minutes until Yuri can be with her on her birthday. When an unlucky chain of events means he can’t get away, intervention from an entirely unexpected source gives them the chance to be together… apart.
Rahdy Elwan 15 mins
Ned’s infatuation with beautiful Mirella takes a strange turn when he realizes her apparent change of heart towards him might be caused by her new costume, an unusual dress provided by the three mischievous lighting technicians. If she could just stay in costume, maybe they could find love.