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NEW SHORTS: Youth of Today
Sun 10 Jan 12:00 Hackney Picturehouse (screen TBC)
A programme of shorts about peer pressure amongst urban youth on the street and in family situations, tackling teenage boredom, and some other life changing situations (including the end of the world!).
Film running order:
ONE DAY IN WHITECHAPEL Seemab Gul 13 mins
HI, MISS! Dionne Edwards 11 mins
UNLEADED Luke Davies 7 mins
CRACK Peter King 12 mins
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORD Lab Mo 16 mins
LAY UP Jared Fortune 9 mins
THE FORECAST Philip Stevens 7 mins
LISTEN TO ME Rob Ayling 10 mins
SOME CANDID OBSERVATIONS ON THE EVE OF THE END OF THE WORLD John Howlett 16 mins
Peter King 12 mins
A new craze is taking over the estates of London. With fights, street deals and territorial warfare growing ever dangerous, it won't be long until it's out of control. ‘Crack’ follows Jay and his gang, B.H.S. (Brixton Hit Squad), in an exposé of this troubling social epidemic.
Dionne Edwards 11 mins
Sparks fly between shutter clicks when quarrelling teenage photography students, Kleo and Femi, are told to take each other's portrait. At the behest of a teacher at her wit's end, the pair head to Femi's house to begin. Open enmity soon turns to tentative flirting and as the camera snaps they discover there's a thin line between love and hate.
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORD
Lab Mo 16 mins
TIEN, a British-born Vietnamese teenager, is drawn into his older brother’s Triad gang. However, when coerced to go on a hit with a Japanese Samurai Sword, he begins to doubt his allegiance.
Jared Fortune 9 mins
Disarmed by the innocence of youth, Mike puts aside his preconceptions of an enemy and allows young Adrian and his sister, Leah, to play basketball with him.
LISTEN TO ME
Rob Ayling 10 mins
It’s Christmas time, Eleanor, a musicologist moves into a new apartment. She is quickly alarmed by loud, heated arguments coming through the walls. Worried by what she hears, she calls the police. They refuse to act so Eleanor decides to use her sound equipment to record the voices and sounds coming from her neighbours with tragic consequences.
ONE DAY IN WHITECHAPEL
Seemab Gul 13 mins
Sam is harassed by skinheads and is fired up to prove she can fight alongside the boys. When she later watches her friends beat a skinhead, instead of joining the fight, she saves the boy. An unlikely friendship sparks when the two teenagers are stuck in a shed hiding from threats outside.
SOME CANDID OBSERVATIONS ON THE EVE OF THE END OF THE WORLD
John Howlett 16 mins
Tristan's girlfriend Karen is due to give birth in a few days when out of the blue he receives a 'pretty detailed email' announcing the end of the world caused by an alien invasion. Tristan uses his last few days to document Earth and the human race for future generations! And to sort his shit out, but his time is running out...
Philip Stevens 7 mins
A middle aged man spends a moment of solitude on a desolate stretch of coast, but the peace is shattered when he finds himself the subject of a horrific accusation.
Luke Davies 7 mins
Three young thugs in south London attempt to rob a petrol station and are suddenly interrupted when three young stoners with a severe case of the munchies somehow manage to prevent the robbery.