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NEW SHORTS: Surreal Worlds
Fri 16 Jan 18:45 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 3
A powerful selection of short films that will bend the mind, amaze and astound with stunning imagery and twisted stories. Alternate realities include rooms within rooms in MOUSE X and REFLECTIONS, a hallucinatory car crash in RED, a ‘Sin City’ style cityscape in BYE BYE STAR FIZZ, and a fantastical forest in PEQUEÑO. Watch out for Daniel Kaluuya in the fantastical JONAH.
Andy Lambert 2 mins
A young woman eats her lunch. A man is trying to sneak a photograph of her. Another man doesn't like photography... AUTO EXPOSURE tries to capture the implications of the Snowden revelations in the age of Instagram. Made as part of a series called “MUTE”, very short films with no dialogue, no camera movement and using only a single shot.
Charline Branger 13 mins
On a billboard, a young Pin-up in underwear poses for a soda brand. An old neon light flickers. The Pin-up suddenly comes to life and frees herself from the glass prison she was locked in. A nocturnal journey begins for her, filled of surrealistic and nightmarish accidents.
GULF OF NARCOLEPSY
Jack Needell 10 mins
The Gulf of Narcolepsy projects intangible anxieties onto a surreal and sleepy landscape. Viewers are taken on an immersive journey through a young man's subconscious as he grapples with overwhelming thoughts, deep-rooted desires and volatile sleeping patterns.
Joe Payne 4 mins
Hollow is an elite club, a world of its own, a place people would gladly do anything to become part of. Within its walls are murderers, thieves, outcasts, conmen, clergymen; an entire cross-section of society. It is not a question of money, social status or connections, this is a club based on humanity, a place where membership is bought through actions.
Kibwe Tavares 17 mins
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn't what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.
Justin Tagg 15 mins
Anderson wakes in a room with no idea where he is or how he got there before slowly discovering, in every room around him, are a thousand clones of himself all of whom woke into the same mysterious scenario. To escape he must outwit his other selves, whilst overcoming the realisation he is not the only Anderson.
Beatriz M. Calleja 15 mins
Lucia lives in a world of her own, keeping her loneliness at bay with her own makeshift pastimes. Wandering around the forest where she lives, she begins collecting all manner of insects in a glass jar. Her innocent hobby turns dark when she realises the power she holds over the little creatures in her jar.
Raitis Petrovs 8 mins
Aaron is the outdoor type - blooming with youth and pride. No terrain can defeat him and he has the selfies to prove it. But the Norwegian mountains seem less benign when his car breaks down on the return journey.
Julia Powney 9 mins
A young woman regains consciousness at the scene of a car accident. Lost and alone, her search guides her into extraordinary spaces that represent her forgotten memories in strange wonder. Distorted and blurring the lines between the real and the ordinary, the woman struggles to regain her memory before it is too late.
Adam Randall 7 mins
A disafected couple are forced to confront their demons when they become ensnared in a dark, parallel world.
Chris Lee & Paul Storrie 7 mins
A lone boy wanders the open landscape of a suburban park. Dressed as his favourite video game hero, he daydreams for adventure but the reality of his uneventful world disappoints him. He follows a strangely familiar man to an old house where he stumbles upon a peculiar truth to his lonely existence...