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NEW SHORTS: Docs: Night of Living Docs #2
Wed 11 Jan 18:30 Picturehouse Central
Our legendary Night of the Living Docs has expanded into two bountiful programmes of exceptional shorts. Part 2 introduces the strangely soothing world of ‘ASMR’ videos, reconstructs a lost relationship via the medium of text message and bears witness to one of England’s last coal mines as it faces closure, in a powerful, varied and eye-opening programme.
Chloe White and Will Davies 6 mins
Online videos of soothing sounds known as ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) are increasingly popular. Fans enjoy the relaxing effects of these ‘head orgasms’. Here, the makers of ASMR YouTube channels including WhisperAudios, WhispersRed and ASMRAngel explain the appeal of sounds such as gum-chewing, hair-brushing and beard-rubbing
SOME WILL FORGET
Ruth Grimberg 15 mins
Les Moore, is an ex-miner, a striking miner, who cannot let go of the past. At the heart of his Yorkshire village lies one of the UK’s last coal-mines. As it once again faces closure he fights to preserve the legacy of the Miners' Strike and calls for the chance of a decent life for his sons.
Victoria Mapplebeck 11 mins
When a vintage Nokia is recharged, a compelling real life story is revealed, in this animated smartphone short. A story that unfolds in just 100 texts and tells the story of how two people, meet, date, break up and deal with an unplanned pregnancy. In an age of rapid fire, often character limited exchanges, do we think before we text?
Jennifer Zheng 5 mins
Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.
THE JOURNEY OF A STATELESS MAN
Daniel Ali 7 mins
It has been over fifty years since the British ended the protectorate over Kuwait, granting the country independence in the process. But after official nationality was given to just two thirds of the population, one third was left stateless, or ‘bidoon jinsiya’. The Bidoon have faced persecution ever since, denied citizenship and basic civil rights being forced to live on the fringes of society. ‘The Journey Of A Stateless Man’ is about an individual’s struggle to find asylum, told against the backdrop of Calais’ infamous Jungle refugee camp and surrounding areas. Talal journeys from Kuwait in search of finding a country that will accept him and offer safe haven for him and his family. His story is symbolic of the journey and the struggle millions are making across the world to find peace, stability and freedom.
TROUGH NO. 42
Joe Spray 11 mins
A day in the life of a disused agricultural object 24.3m north of the M4 motorway. Dripping water, wind, lorries passing, underwater currents, the sun and the moon compose the rhythms specific to this agricultural object. Trough No. 42 taps into these non-human rhythms to create a hypnotic cinematic meditation on place.
Natalia Kouneli 11 mins
Leah is a Deaf stand-up comedian who performs in British Sign Language in Edinburgh. Her dream is to bring her comedy to mainstream audiences with a sign language interpreter and raise awareness about Deaf Culture through her shows. But will they get it?
Jessica Bishopp 3 mins
Lifespan explores the concept of the future of ageing, increasing life expectancy and life extension. Visually juxtaposing architecture and space against interviews with a diverse range of people; from scientists and evolutionary anthropologists, to the director’s family and friends. Commissioned by Channel4 Random Acts, and produced with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and Dazed & Confused.
Gareth C. Scales 10 mins
Big chops, close cuts, fine lines and precision; a montage of what it means to cut. Snippets of interviews explore the trades with the blades.
Dean Puckett 9 mins
Jack, Luke and Saul are The AutistiX, the UK’s premier autistic rock group. The boys are a tight-knit friendship group, expressing themselves through rock and roll in a way that they struggle to off the stage. Can they impress the crowds as they go on tour for the first time, and build up to their biggest gig so far, Autism’s Got Talent?