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NEW SHORTS: Family Affairs
Sun 8 Jan 20:30 Hackney Picturehouse
Family bonds and warring relations are at the fore in this selection of dramas. Family tragedies play out against the real life backdrops of ‘80s Liverpool and ’70s Belfast mixed amongst black comedy and baby showers. They’ll either end in relatives reunited or estranged entirely.
Mike Forshaw 13 mins
15th April 1989: One game of football is about to affect Liam and the city of Liverpool forever… A fictional account of how the Hillsborough stadium disaster – which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters – unfolded for one family back home in Merseyside.
SHE FELL AWAY
James Varley 14 mins
Returning to her family home to check on her sister Karina, Anita is shocked to find the house in a state of disarray. Karina has once again fallen into a psychotic state and is lost in a world of paranoid speculation. Anita is concerned, but in order to help her sister must first overcome her own buried resentments.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Lucy Russell-Bates 2 mins
No Place Like Home is a satirical view on family life using the formula of animated family comedies to set up a preconception of something fun, but to present something darker. The film focuses on miscommunication; the main problem behind all mental health issues and the most important part of any support network.
Nick Flügge 12 mins
Chris is a private eye scraping a living when a routine stakeout is ambushed by an unwelcome intruder.
THE BABY SHOWER
Joseph Pierce 15 mins
May and Christian are expecting their first child. What they’re not expecting are the hordes of guests gathered in their dark apartment ready to throw them a surprise baby shower. As the shock subsides and makes way for baby centric conversations and invasive personal questions, it’s clear the happy couple are hiding more than their social insecurities.
Andrea Harkin 14 mins
Belfast 1972. Laurence invites his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. My morning, reality catches up with them.
Leo Leigh 22 mins
During the aftermath of his mother's death, Edwin reaches out to his extended family for support.