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NEW SHORTS: Lo-Budget Mayhem
Fri 13 Jan 20:30 Hackney Picturehouse
A return of our popular fixture, screening in a cinema for the first time. Low budget gems showcasing what can be done in filmmaking with minimal cash and an original idea. A pic’n’mix of drama, comedy, animation, experimental and the downright bizarre. Watch out for a singing snail, puppet Leonardo diCaprio, and an alternative take on Bake Off.
Claude Baskind 8 mins
An unhappy lawyer decides to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. With a gold-digging wife and a sleazy pornographer by his side, what could possibly go wrong?
THE STORY OF TOBIAS MEDALLION
Danny Sangra 3 mins
A narrator finds herself confused and forced to improvise.
Max Gill 4 mins
An aspiring actress is determined not to let a casting director stand between her and that dream part.
Gaby Hull 3 mins
A broken-hearted man makes a deal with the devil to win back the love of his life... A short horror film.
DOOR NUMBER 4
Charlie Goodall 4 mins
A short animated film about a man living with someone he suspects is a serial killer.
Martin Wallace 2 mins
A self-obsessed teenage boy is unable to sleep after he contemplates the vast array of microscopic life that resides on his and every other toothbrush.
Grace Blick 4 mins
In pursuit of the perfect relationship, a girl purchases a synthetic version of herself from the cloning company ‘U2U’. Although it would seem the pair are the most compatible match, soon the clone becomes more comfortable in the world than her original and begins to outgrow the life she was created to live.
ALL MY HAPPY FRIENDS
Paul Howard Allen 3 mins
Life’s a stage. And so is social media. When Claire checks her phone, her friends quite literally ‘pop up’ to tell her how good their lives are.
Fahdi Kanavati 3 mins
Silly, gory, and brutal, Uneventful is a dark comedy short film about a woman's "uneventful" weekend.
Ryan O'Connor 2 mins
An autobiographical documentary about mistakes, disappointment and buying tuna.
THE STICK (THE SCREENWRITER'S REVENGE)
Emma Sullivan 4 mins
A screenwriter sets out to write a story so boring it has the power to kill.
THE PAIGNTON PUDDING RIOT
Tom Edmondson 4 mins
In 1859, the town of Paignton completed an extension of its railway line and organised a giant feast to mark the occasion, the grand centrepiece being a specially baked one-and-a-half-ton pudding! However, jubilation soon gave way to desperation as the cider-fuelled crowd overthrew the event, and a panicked scramble ensued for a taste of the towering fruity colossus.
Philip Hardy 3 mins
Stacey gets the bus to Swindon. She finds it a struggle.
THE BECHDEL TEST
Tom Tennant 4 mins
Gemma is convinced she’s met the man of her dreams, but Sadie wants to find out what makes this one different to the rest.
Tommy Husband 3 mins
Happy-go-lucky and looking for love, David wants to cook an impressive meal for his date. With no cooking knowledge and very little hand-eye coordination David soon realises that in the kitchen, nobody can hear you scream.
SINGLE TO LONDON
Ryd Cook 5 mins
A young man takes a long ride aboard his literal train of thought and hopes to make a first impression before the end of the line.
THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
Vanessa-Faye Stanley 4 mins
The facts of Life. Complicated. A mockumentary set in Crock-Ash Heights, a correctional facility for tiny deviants. The governor, Miss Shannery and the warden, Ms Handle, educate the inmates about the birds, bodies and bees.
Matt Lacey 3 mins
A satire about how bloody difficult it is to get a job in media.
THE MICHELIN STAR WITCH
Adam McNicol 3 mins
It's the semi-finals of MasterCook, and she’s still standing! Well, she is, but the judges aren’t… Can this witch make it through and will they appreciate the effort she’s put in to her delicious confit of dead mouse and juicy pigs’ tails?
MAKE UP - WITH SHERYL
Shelley Davenport 3 mins
Sheryl shows her four YouTube channel subscribers how to 'colour your face in'.
Luis Enriquez 2 mins
This claymation is about the human world from the perspective of a little bug and shows how insects may perceive mundane everyday objects as death traps. But no matter what lethal contraptions are left around our home, we are often the ultimate cause of their demise. I hope this animation will make people think twice before stepping on any arthropods.
THE WOLF OF WOOL STREET
Steve Ramsden 2 mins
A short, U-rated puppet version of one of the hardest films to make a short, U-rated puppet version out of - Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'.
Mark Jackson 8 mins
Mockumentary about a doomsday survivalist as he prepares for the collapse of civilisation, which maybe sooner then he thinks.
THE REDEMPTION OF THE MAGIC CONE SNAIL
Rebecca Hurwitz and Liz Lister 3 mins
Once upon a time, there was a snail with venom so powerful it could floor a human. But it found a way from foe to friend with the help of a dedicated scientist. This film was inspired by the work of Baldomero Olivera.