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NEW SHORTS: London Lives
Tue 16 Jan 18:30 Curzon Soho
“The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.” A programme of shorts indulging the dirt, drama, grit and glamour of this city of smoke we call home. From love on Kingsland Road to guerilla gardening to snatched Brexit discussions in the park, these tales hint to the loneliness and ephemerality of connection that pervades big city living. Watch out for Joel Fry (W1A, Game of Thrones) in Cla’am directed by actor Nathaniel Martello-White (Daphne). 92 mins
LOVE DIES AS A TREE GROWS
Barnaby Sax 8 mins
An isolated hermit, living under the radar in the centre of London, goes about his mysterious daily routine. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders as he tries to make sense of the unthinkable, mend what's been broken and give life to the dead.
THE THINGS THEY SAY
Dorothy Allen-Pickard / Jak Payne 8 mins
A young girl finds herself estranged from her mother and goes out collecting conversations with people she meets around South London. Back in the isolation of her room, she plays these recordings back to drown out the sound of the TV downstairs. All the conversations are unscripted and the characters play themselves.
A SHORT LIKE ANY OTHER
Edward Smyth 11 mins
Sexual desire, mixed signals and.. political chaos. A film about a one-night stand, interrupted by conversations that make everything else seem trivial.
George Graham 10 mins
Alone and subsumed in the mayhem of Hackney nightlife, Bella becomes haunted by the memory of an ex-lover.
Mizgin Mujde Arslan 11 mins
Solin is a pregnant Kurdish woman living in London with her old dad. Her dad gets lost without a word of English. Solin is chasing after the only thing he managed to describe: a clock tower.
Natasja Fourie 15 mins
A London worker falls into a cycle of psychological trauma, desperate to make some connection with the world around him.
I DON'T WANNA DANCE
Ben Witt 4 mins
In a world where dancing is compulsory, one man protests in the only way he knows how.
Nathaniel Martello-White 17 mins
A dark, surreal comedy about a local man who becomes convinced that a vast conspiracy is behind the impossibly rapid gentrification in his London area. But is it all in his head, or is the truth even darker than he imagines?
Frank Lebon 8 mins
A film about a dog that witnesses a murder. Moving between black and white silent story telling and colourful abstract dream sequences, LEAD marks director Frank Lebon's first venture into narrative film, and his first time working with a crew.