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NEW SHORTS: Gothic!
Sat 7 Jan 20:30 Hackney Picturehouse
Through a glass darkly: ghosts, Victoriana, dark family secrets and fairy tales abound in these gothic-tinged stories for a dark winter’s night. From Victorian post-mortem portraits, to the sinister photography of South African artist Roger Ballen, to the sexual secrets of a small village community and the strange story of Brancusi’s sculpture of Marie Bonaparte.
THE PARTING GLASS
Alexander McNeill 17 mins
Ireland, 1892. A recently widowed mother forms a sinister relationship with the body of her husband, leaving it to her son John to do all he can to part the living and the dead.
STAY THE BURNING
Will Webb 3 mins
Searching for shelter, two women find an abandoned barn. Inside, they play a dangerous game to prove their love.
David Wilson 3 mins
Macbeth Act I, Scene V Macbeth through director David Wilson’s eyes, featuring animation by Ian Miller
THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS
Matthew Lawes 4 mins
A magical short animated film about one man's lifelong quest for love.
Kelly Holmes 15 mins
Margaret must convince her daughter Louise to take responsibility for the family after the death of her father, whilst the family endures the ritual of a family portrait.
ROGER BALLEN'S THEATRE OF APPARITIONS
Emma Calder & Ged Haney 5 mins
An animated theatre of dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, a nightmarish subconscious world, in black and white.
John Turrell & Tom Turrell 16 mins
Poison Tree is the story of Shirley, a young woman out to avenge her sister's untimely death by gatecrashing the birthday party of an old school friend, the sort of birthday party that only leafy middle class England could make so excruciatingly prim and proper.
POLLUTION OF THE HEART
Oliwia Siem 16 mins
Torn between a high-maintenance girlfriend and his emotionally unstable mother, David finds himself drawn to rituals of death. An old photo may hold the key to his vivid and inexplicable experiences. Is David’s quest for the truth more urgent than the needs of the two women in his life? And what part does their sinister neighbour have to play?
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X
Gabriel Abrantes 8 mins
Back to the story of “Princess X”, a golden and futuristic phallus sculpted by Brancusi which in fact is a bust of the amazing little niece of Napoleon, Marie Bonaparte.