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NEW SHORTS: Boyhood
Sun 8 Jan 18:30 Hackney Picturehouse
Boys will be boys in this selection of testosterone-fuelled dramas tackling bullying angst, and coming-of-age. Set against the rural woods of a clandestine camp, a remote Kenyan village, a diner in American suburbia and the consuming drudgery of a labouring job.
James Cookson 20 mins
Dylan, a young man living on an isolated farm in rural Wales, is haunted by terrible nightmares. Shady deals with local drug dealers and a fractious relationship with his own father do nothing to dispel the mounting sense of dread. The only hope he has comes from his girlfriend Jenny, and the promise of a future together somewhere else.
Aaron Dunleavy 13 mins
Two teenage boys break free from school to embark on a dangerous adventure, as they truant their way across the threatening industrial landscape which surrounds them.
Peter McCarthy 14 mins
Sam is invited into the mountains by Emma, a childhood friend. Arriving at the camp, he meets her new friends and is immediately subjected to taunting and bullying. Sam soon realises that Kyle, Emma's new boyfriend, has it in for him and when the gang find out that he and Emma were previously dating the situation turns nasty.
Kiosa Sukami 12 mins
An intolerant veteran police officer Dawson (Erick Hayden) is paired up with a novice officer Howard (Harry Eden) as they blow off a domestic disturbance call to take a break at a local diner, only to have to confront a group of unruly African-American teenagers (Khali Best & Baba Oyejide) on a cold evening in Oakland, California.
Ella Smith 20 mins
A small Kenyan street kid has a stoke of luck when, with a little help from a Premier League Footballer, a brand new football falls off the back of a truck. Football is Mdudu Boy's world. But he isn't allowed to play with the big boys as he might get ‘stepped on.’ Asking why he's called MDUDU it’s pointed out that to things smaller than him, he is a GIANT. The story follows our hero as he grows in confidence and realises his potential. Shot on location in Kenya, we bring together genuine people from the local community and from local charities to tell this heart-warming story.
Dornaz Hajiha 13 mins
Marlon's mum takes him to an audition.