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NEW SHORTS: A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films
Sun 10 Jan 14:00 Hackney Picturehouse (screen TBC)
The site of blossoming romance and young lovers making eyes at each other. This selection of short films will bring a warmth to your heart on a cold January afternoon.
Film running order:
THE ROMANCE CLASS Stuart Elliott 15 mins
NO STRINGS Anna G. Jones 7 mins
STUTTERER Benjamin Cleary 13 mins
MILTON AND LYDIA Jamie Plaumer 4 mins
THE DEAL Ewa Smyk 4 mins
CODA Jessica Jones 11 minutes
THE GIRL IN THE DRESS Natalie Malla 15 mins
CHERRY CAKE Jaine Green 14 mins
BB Kate Burton 17 mins
Kate Burton 17 mins
When Anna discovers an unwelcome intruder in her home, she enlists the help of a mild mannered neighbour. Frank enters into Anna's strange and chaotic world and finds himself well removed from his comfort zone. Amusingly awkward social challenges follow and an unlikely relationship is formed.
Jaine Green 14 mins
Starring Olivier-award winning actor Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Stars in Their Eyes) and West End veteran Eve Pearce (Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy), Cherry Cake is a quintessentially English short film. Set in the heart of rural England this wry film takes a peek over the garden gate of a picture perfect country cottage into a brief moment in the life of angelic 86-year old Ingrid.
Jessica Jones 11 mins
A meditation on the enduring nature of love in the face of disaster; CODA is a short film depicting the concluding movement in the score of two young people’s lives. Hidden away in a forest, they spend their last few hours awaiting the end of the world in the only way that makes sense to them – together.
MILTON AND LYDIA
Jamie Plaumer 4 mins
Milton and Lydia is the story of a like-minded pair who take to the internet in their search for love. Milton's friends lovingly call him Egg, due to the abnormal shape of his head; and Lydia is divorced and tends to sleep with her socks on. The world of online dating is new to them, and the film follows them through the nerve wracking process of preparing for a first date.
Anna G. Jones 7 mins
Inspired by a poem by actress Emily Bevan (Amy Dyer in the BBC3 BAFTA nominated 'In The Flesh), NO STRINGS is about a man and woman attempting to have a no strings relationship without success. The film was shot at Ott's Yard in Kentish Town, London, which was designed by all female award-winning architecture practice vPPR. The director Anna Jones has moved across from theatre directing to film and this is one of her first films.
Benjamin Cleary 13 mins
A lonely typographer with a debilitating speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice, must face his greatest fear.
Ewa Smyk 4 mins
“The Deal” is a short stop-motion animation on the arranging of marriages in 1950/60s set in the Eastern-Polish borderland. The script is based on a part of Mikołaj Smyk’s diary — the director’s grandfather. The biographical objects used in the animation help situate the story in its original environment and express the atmosphere of the times.
THE GIRL IN THE DRESS
Natalie Malla 15 mins
In this comedy about cold feet, Emily, ready for the wedding of her dreams, meets Rob, a Henry VIII street entertainer, and takes it as a bad sign. Beheadings, divorces and annulments race through her mind, but marriage will make everything better...right?
THE ROMANCE CLASS
Stuart Elliott 15 mins
Deprived of any romance in her own hectic life, Julia creates a honeyed melodrama for her writing group. But will it be as sweet as love's young dream for the rest of the group? Or will it turn out as misguided as a French kiss at a family reunion?