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NEW SHORTS: Father
Mon 11 Jan 20:45 Hackney Picturehouse (screen TBC)
The father is the bedrock of the family, or that’s the traditional notion. But no punches are pulled in this selection of films tackling parental love and the fraught relationships between father and child.
Film running order:
COACH Ben Adler 14 mins
THE REMOVAL Paul Gay 10 min
THE HOOK Nick Flügge 10 mins
THE DAD Teeruthpal Singh Purewall & Zac Wiegand 3 mins
BUBBLES Nasheed Qamar Faruqi 14 mins
LITTLE ELEPHANT Kate Jessop 5 mins
INTERLUDE Savvas Stavrou 5 mins
RAGS Tom Beard 13 mins
SMILE Carolina Giammetta 9 mins
PIT STOP Jack King 20 mins
Nasheed Qamar Faruqi 14 mins
With a cast including screen icon Shabana Azmi (as Nani/Granma), Bubbles is a short thriller about one little girl's confrontation with domestic violence - a confrontation that haunts her forever. Initially protected by her grandmother and the spectacle of a Hindi film on TV, Bubbles (newcomer Yasmeen Siddiqui) must bear witness when family tensions take an unexpected turn.
Ben Adler 14 mins
David's thrilled about driving to France with his father for a football game. But when they meet a bus full of 'real' English fans along the way, the situation spirals out of control.
Savvas Stavrou 5 mins
An inventor on the brink of fulfilling his life's work finally faces the truth behind the machine he is building.
Kate Jessop 5 mins
Little Elephant is a film about love over three generations. Rahila, a gay mum reflects on her severed relationship with her dad. Elsewhere a father, Ravinder reminisces about the things he used to do with his daughter.
Jack King 20 mins
‘Noveed’ is an immigrant working and living at a hand car wash alongside his depressive and violent father - a man hell-bent on ensuring Noveed doesn’t neglect his heritage. Over the course of one night and one terrifying, forced meeting with a pushy, psychotic customer Noveed is met with an opportunity that could change his life forever.
Tom Beard 13 mins
Rags is a story of abuse and adulteration, told through the fleeting repressed memories of a teenage mother. Skipping backwards and forwards through time, we unravel the dark revelations of grooming and sexual abuse in her past at the hands of the very person who was meant to protect her.
Carolina Giammetta 9 mins
When Craig’s physical abuse starts to shift from his wife to his 7 year old daughter, he is so consumed by guilt that he starts to hallucinate his own personal demons. Powerless to shake them off, he becomes trapped high on a motorway bridge with only one escape route remaining.
Teeruthpal Singh Purewall & Zac Wiegand 3 mins
Create Studios is an award-winning digital media social enterprise based in Swindon's emerging cultural quarter. Their talent development group, Mass Media, produced The Dad; visually intriguing, with twists of meaning and fate, will Andrew rebuild a relationship with the big man in his life.
Nick Flügge 10 mins
Chris is an over-the-hill boxer happy to dwell on past glories. But one morning, a potential new recruit comes in that turns out to be his toughest challenge yet.
Paul Gay 10 mins
The Removal is a delicate portrait of a father-son relationship. It plays out in the house of a dead man - the father and grandfather of our two main characters. We see his influence in the men's awkward bond as they remember the past and pack away the worthy remnants of his life.