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NEW SHORTS: Girlhood
Sun 11 Jan 16:00 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 3
These powerful coming of age stories give us a sober overview of the trials and tribulations of female puberty, sometimes harrowing but never boring. From the surrogate baby of AUGUSTINA, to home truths of the death of a pet in GOLD, to sinister sexual experimentation in ROLE PLAY.
Isabel Anderton 18 mins
A lonely young girl trapped in a broken family escapes the torment of her reality by finding love in a micro-chipped educational baby. Eerily absorbed in this new relationship, Kaylee’s disillusion begins to help her understand what it means to love and be loved in the adult world, whilst struggling to carry a distressing family secret that could change everything...
Leanne Dimant 15 mins
Nine-year old Lucy, a curious, introverted girl who loves to solve mysteries. Shunted from place to place and living hand-to-mouth, she is often left on her own as her mum goes out to find work. One day, the arrival next door of a suspicious man and a lonely boy lead her down a path of discovery that uncovers some dark home truths.
Jimmy Dean 12 mins
Charity, a sixteen-year-old girl from a traveling family, wanders aimlessly in her coastal town. Arriving home one night, she is rocked by her mother’s news that her older brother Shaun has been granted an early prison release. Unable to cope with his return, Charity inadvertently causes a number of problems; storming out of Shaun’s ‘welcome back’ party, physically fighting with her younger sister and taking her infant brother to the beach in the middle of the night without permission. Upon acknowledging her own mistakes, and realizing her brother’s ambition to help the family, she finally attempts to reconcile their relationship.
Hannah Gabrielle More 14 mins
Leiya, a shy, young girl is offered a day of escapism when she happens upon a chance meeting with a carefree boy. Gaining her trust, the boy persuades her to join him in breaking into a deserted swimming pool. Still, she may not evade her volatile home for long and must return.
Cleo Samoles Little 14 mins
11 year old Louise, an only child, lives on an estate in London with her mother, Jan and her pet goldfish. Louise's real father left the family some time ago and the goldfish, however pathetic a pet that may seem, is Louise's sense of security and is everything to her. With her single mother working late most nights, Louise channels her loneliness into a heart warming and unusual bond towards her pet fish. The goldfish, reflects Louise's powerlessness and paradoxically, her self reliance. Emotions run high one night as Jan's alcoholic boyfriend returns home and tragedy strikes.
Carol Murphy 15 mins
Clancy (12) has chronic eczema. Day and night, she wears wet and dry bandages underneath her clothes to protect her eczema-ridden skin. She has recently moved back to Belfast with her womanizing father, Sean. Clancy can’t sleep, touch, play or part take. But she is good at stealing. Stealing is her pleasure. When Clancy meets Joanne, she is faced with a choice between pleasure and friendship.
Brynach Day 15 mins
In rural West Wales, Emma, 9, tends to her baby brother while her mother placates her boyfriend. When her older brother's friend takes an interest in Emma, he introduces her to a world she is too young to understand.