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NEW SHORTS: Tales of the Unexpected
Thu 15 Jan 18:45 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 3
Older viewers may remember the opening credits of the weekly TV series with its silhouetted dancer that promised horrific twists and turns in stories of murder and mayhem. Tonight’s films revisit such stories from more grand guignol horror fare in FESTEVIL and THE KING AND QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN, to the subtle twists and turns of creepy tales of haunted rooms and mistaken identities. Look out for rising star Eleanor Tomlinson in A STRANGER KIND, with music by Cat’s Eyes.
A STRANGER KIND
Oliver Murray 22 mins
A Stranger Kind is an unhinged contemporary fairytale. Lily, a young girl, ekes out an existence in a threadbare cabaret club until, one day, a stranger calls to audition with a nerve-rattling new act. In the grizzly procession of blood, guts and Rubik’s Cubes that follows, Lily begins, for the first time in her life, to believe in magic.
Simon Frith 10 mins
When Eva decides to leave her family home to a children's charity, a local news crew visit her to film a good news story. As the interview progresses, a dark secret from Eva's past threatens to cast a shadow on her act of kindness. Eva's Legacy was shot in 6K using a RED Dragon camera with Cooke Panchro lenses.
Paul Taylor 16 mins
At a vibrant music festival, a young couple’s hedonistic weekend turns into a brutal fight for survival as they’re terrorized by a gang of masked festival goers.
Petros Silvestros 8 mins
Mike, a sulky teenager has to do a boring job - to take his little brother Jack to the hairdresser. Waiting for him in the car, Mike starts to get worried when Jack takes too long to return so he decides to go and look for him.
Beryl Richards 11 mins
A windswept cliff-top road. In despair, Scarlet hitches a lift with a mysterious stranger, an apparently accidental encounter. But maybe not….the driver seems familiar, and Scarlet soon finds her journey out of darkness takes her to a place in her life that she'd forgotten. Back to where she started.
dir TBC 7 mins
The Herberts and family friend Rose celebrate youngest daughter Sadie`s birthday in a rather unconventional way; by playing fancy dress and spending time in the park. Oldest sister Scarlet and her little brother Jeremy go off for an adventure amongst the woods but Scarlet has a wild imagination and we do not know where reality ends and fantasy begins..
Ben Kent 3 mins
Pastor Wade Bennett has exorcised hundreds of demons, curing the possessed from sinful behaviour such as alcoholism, depression, drug addiction and homosexuality. But when he attempts to rectify the immoral behaviour of sixteen year old Loretta Johnson, his latest exorcism doesn't quite go to plan...
THE KING AND QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN
Anna Maguire & Stuart Spears 6 mins
Halloween is a magical time for everyone, old and young alike. But when two teenage boys destroy a strange older man's meticulous pumpkin display, he decides to play the long game and get his revenge, in the most seasonal way imaginable.
THE NOCEBO EFFECT
Clare Macdonald 9 mins
Polly arrives to find an elegant idea has not gone quite to plan...