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NEW SHORTS: Highly In/Visible
Sun 21 Jan 13:30 Curzon Soho
Examining the intersections of visibility and identity, these shorts hold testament to the persistence and power of the communities coming out, carving space and renegotiating their obscurity. This selection looks across religion, race, sexuality and gender, from the lives of gay women through the 1960s to transgender siblings struggling to connect - here seen, heard, visualised and visible. 96 mins
Philip Staal 15 mins
A miscarriage puts Isobel in emotional turmoil in this subtle drama.
Dimitris Toulias 11 mins
Two sisters spend the night together. Somewhere between religious Fran and transgender Steph is the love they are trying to uncover. 0 0 DownloadShare Two estranged sisters, religious Fran and transgender Steph, reconcile their differences during the course of one night where honesty is the only policy.
Naomi Wong 10 mins
Tom returns home for easter break. Bored and aimlessly wandering around town trying to pass the time, he hangs out with his friends. The boys spend the day playing football and sneaking cigarettes. Tom and Dylan are left alone together before sharing something else.
Jake Graf 15 mins
Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.
SALT AND SAUCE
Alia Ghafar 11 mins
Stuck in a post high-school limbo, Tammy works long days in the family chip-shop. The only relief from the daily slog is her friendship with her colleague Jordan and her love for photography. Through the people around her, Tammy soon realises she can’t avoid her future.
Helen Wright 10 mins
Joey is a lesbian sci-fi short about a young woman with telekinetic powers going out on the queer scene for the first time.
THE OUTER CIRCLE
Adam Baroukh 12 mins
Midway through a gruelling Orthodox conversion, Daniel and his fiancée Katherine are eager to gain the blessing of his intimidatingly large and loud Iraqi Jewish family. At their annual Rosh Hashanah feast, Katherine’s natural elegance and ‘English English’ heritage immediately endears her to them, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the warm and welcoming atmosphere, some are not ready as others to accept her.
Amrou Al-Kadhi 12 mins
A queer Arab boy, Nazeem, looks up to his Muslim mother with awe. Later in life, it is only through being a drag queen that he holds on to their lost and fraught connection.