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NEW SHORTS: London Stories
Wed 14 Jan 21:00 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 3
A selection of short films that show off the glory and diversity of our fair city. We visit a unique shop in Gospel Oak and learn about famous historical figures who lived in Shoreditch. We take the tube in MIND THE GAP and PASSENGER, and experience canal life in THERE’S A TIN CUP ROLLING and A MOMENT. All life is here. Watch out for Olivia Colman in THE KARMAN LINE, written for the screen by award-winning playwright Dawn King.
A BAD DAY
Mark Glenister 3 mins
A Bad Day is a fast paced drama questioning the moral choices we make as a society. In these austere times and as many people find themselves struggling to make ends meet, how do our boundaries and moral attitudes change, and what are the consequences? How far would you go to protect your way of life? Your family?
A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF HISTORICAL PLAQUES IN SHOREDITCH
Jack Wormell 3 mins
This short video is recommended for any person looking for an introduction to the various historical plaques commemorating figures and events of import in the inner city district of Shoreditch; the video gives a comprehensive recitation of the text on each plaque, giving the viewer a concise primer for the study of historical dedicatory signage in the area of Shoreditch.
Aoise Tutty 3 mins
Sometimes it can be difficult to see the wood from the trees. In this story a man struggles to cope with the pressures of work in a high stress society when he is shown the power that a brief encounter can have in helping us to see the beauty of life in every moment.
Lewis Rose 8 mins
A roadside flower seller’s monotonous existence is turned on its head when he encounters a mysterious visitor. Frog Spawn is an offbeat comedy that explores the alienating effect of living in a concrete jungle. Shot in South London, it's bleak aesthetic combined with dry humour create an usual dichotomy that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Simon Ball 4 mins
Loughborough Junction is a small area in South London defined by its busy roads and the seven railway bridges that traverse its streets. The film blends both dynamic and inert details of the area to form a dreamlike montage of over 6000 still photographs, creating an abstract phantom ride through a seemingly mundane location - a document of an area constantly in transition.
Stephen McNally 5 mins
A five minute animated short film, blending CG 3D and 2D drawn animation techniques, Meanwhile follows four characters traversing a city, each lost in their own separate worlds, trapped in their memories, regrets and frustrations. Meanwhile uses bold colour schemes and fragments of narratives to examine empathy in urban insularity.
MIND THE GAP
Luke Flanagan 7 mins
Based on a true story. 'Mind The Gap', the iconic message heard by millions on the London Tube was first recorded over 40 years ago. The voice belonged to actor, Oswald Laurence. After passing in 2007, his widow, Margaret, would frequently visit the one station still playing his voice until one day, when she discovered that it had been replaced.
ON THE BRIDGE
Sameer Patel 12 mins
Based on a true story. While crossing Waterloo Bridge one night Matthew meets Danny, a soldier on a mission to jump into the River Thames. Though what starts as a chance encounter between these two men becomes a night that will change both their lives forever in this tale of modern manhood.
Ed Rigg 14 mins
A couple. A commute. A stranger. Passenger is a perspectives film. Two individuals are thrown into a conversation with a stranger in the claustrophobic heart of London. Passenger forces us to think about our own situation and our own future. Faced with someone whose story is wildly different from our own, how do we relate? How can we relate?
Edwin Mingard & Ruth Sewell 2 mins
"Do you remember the first time we talked?” A couple reminisce about differing memories of the night they met, leaving friends on a night out to watch the sun rise. A short artists' film experiment, made overnight by the film makers whilst travelling across London with friends.
THE KARMAN LINE
Oscar Sharp 24 mins
A mother is hit by a rare condition causing her to rise very gradually into the air.
THERE'S A TIN CUP ROLLING
Oonagh Kearney 12 mins
THIS LITTLE PLACE IN GOSPEL OAK
Alex Osman 6 mins
A girl discovers a magical toy shop and its enchanting collection that includes a mechanical circus troop, exquisite miniature models and dark tableaux. As we follow the girl's journey a mysterious narrator describes the shop, its rules, customers and her passion for it.