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NEW SHORTS: Fucked Up Love
Sat 9 Jan 15:00 Hackney Picturehouse, Cinema TBC
Our popular selection of fucked up shorts returns with stories of relationships gone wrong, from extra-marital affairs to role play sex games, from misread moments to prostitution. How we fuck with our minds and hearts.
ROLE PLAY Philip James McGoldrick 20 mins
HOTEL SEX Dean Loxton 8 mins
MEN BUY SEX Alice Russel 8 mins
CRUELTY Anna Blandford 12 mins
THE VOICE OF REASON Riyadh Haque 5 mins
THE LIGHTER Amandine Kaya 4 mins
DUST Daniel Butler 6 mins
MORNING IS BROKEN Simon Anderson 11 mins
BOKS Mathias Askeland 7 mins
LOVE IS BLIND Dan Hodgson 6 mins
HEN PECKED Marcus McSweeney 13 mins
Mathias Askeland 7 mins
Through the lens of a photo booth, we see a couple trying to take a picture they can both agree on, but it proves to be easier said than done.
Anna Blandford 12 mins
Young lovers, Alice and Jude take a romantic evening walk by the canal. As darkness begins to envelop them a difficult, mutual decision forces Jude to commit the brutal killing of a dying dog and Alice to witness it. This creates a schism that reveals they are strangers to one another after all.
Daniel Butler 6 mins
A young couple’s relationship is altered after an abortion. Returning to Belfast after an abortion, a girl attempts to reconcilewith her ex-boyfriend, who learned of her pregnancy elsewhere. We witness glimpses of the tumultuous period that follows as they battle to salvage their relationship with neither party willing to concede ground. Filmed in Belfast featuring workshopped and improvised scenes.
Marcus McSweeney 13 mins
Hen Pecked tells the story of a destructive, long term relationship and the pain that lies beneath by visually representing the psychological and emotional truth of what is happening between STAN and CYNTHIA: the madness, the claustrophobia, the fantasies and finally the rebellion.
Dean Loxton 8 mins
Strangers meet for sex in a Manhattan Hotel with unexpected results.
LOVE IS BLIND
Dan Hodgson 6 mins
Exploring a fresh take on a traditional love triangle! Love is Blind finds Alice in the passionate embrace of her young lover as she finally succumbs to temptation. When her husband James returns home early to try and make amends for his recent infidelity and inattention for their marriage, Alice finds herself in the midst of an emotional minefield. Racked with guilt for being unfaithful just as James offers an olive branch, while simultaneously negotiating her lover's escape.
MEN BUY SEX
Alice Russel 8 mins
This is a documentary about paying for sex. Three men share three radically different experiences while three women lip sync to their words. A frank exploration of gender inequality that uses subverted perspectives to ask: What can their stories tell us about our society, others, and ourselves?
MORNING IS BROKEN
Simon Anderson 11 mins
Morning is Broken tells the story of Sam a student struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. Sam meets Nick at his brother’s wedding and, feeling an instant connection, they flee the party in the early hours. Once out in the morning light, things start to unravel as Sam struggles to make sense of his feelings. Morning is Broken is about growing up and learning who you are.
Philip James McGoldrick 20 mins
Anna and Tom have recently lost their long-term partners. Rather than accept life without them, they revel in the past, grooming each other to play the part of the person they've lost. But memory is selective. Do we love a person for who they really are or what they represent to us? As Anna and Tom embark upon their game of fantasy, the sharp edge of reality lies just under the surface.
Amandine Kaya 4 mins
In The Lighter, disheveled Alex knocks at the door of Sarah, his ex. It is early morning and she opens, irritated by his visit. Alex asks for a lighter- their lighter, the one they used to share when they were together. Sarah returns it. Bit by bit, Alex dismantles it, letting go of the past and finally moving on.
THE VOICE OF REASON
Riyadh Haque 5 mins
A couple attempt to reconcile their incompatibility despite a deep infatuation with each other.