New Shorts #12: GOD’S LONELY MEN PART 2: GOING SOLO
21:00 Tue 8 Jan 2013
The 21st century really does see lonely men out there, whether theyâ€™ve grown old without friend and family support or they choose to be single in a busy world. Or maybe loneliness happens by accident, as in the clever 127 Days homage Solo; think suburban chimney rather than a remote American desert.
Total: 108 mins
Andrew John Rainnie 18 mins (UK, 2012)Based on a short story by award winning author Jonathan Lethem, 'The Collector' dissects one man's obsessive compulsion for gathering materialistic possessions, showing him at three different ages throughout his life as he struggles against the neurotic need to hoard, compile, collect.
Andrew McVicar 14 mins (UK, 2011)The first cut is the deepest.
Ben Caird 17 mins (UK, 2012)A farmhand goes about his daily work routine with a total absence of human interaction. A brutal chance encounter with an equally disenchanted young woman leaves the farmhand with the hope of a more connected future.
John Henry Owen 15 mins (UK, 2012)Glick's Last Tour follows the fortunes and misfortunes of veteran entertainer Nathan Baldwin and his companion Mr.Glick as together they traverse the sad remains of the seaside entertainment circuit. Longing for the halcyon days of variety shows and light entertainment on the piers, the pair represent an odd anachronism against the bleak decay of the once prosperous English seaside towns.
Christopher Baker 22 mins (UK, 2012)A climber survives a near death experience on a Himalayan mountain, but when he returns home to London - to write his memoirs - he fails to credit the mysterious forces that saved him, and for his sins gets trapped up his own chimney with a mischievous pigeon.
Jack Tennant 7 mins (UK, 2012)We are invited as seemingly invisible guests into an old man’s world on his allotment. This is his serene and private place, surrounded by garden forks, bonfires and worn-out boots on bean sticks. We glimpse his lonely but graceful contemplations as he wanders in his peaceful isolation, leading us to consider his past while he meditates on his future. Through his actions on finding a dead mouse, we get a swell of poignancy, a hint at the wisdom and dignity which is allowed to blossom in his quiet world.
Tim Mercier 15 mins (UK, 2012)A sincere film exploring the relationship between a man and a young boy