NEW SHORTS #25 LONG[ER] DOCS
12:30 Sat 18 Jan 2014
Back for the third year running, LSFF’s afternoon of longer form documentary offers a great programme of mid-length docs to get your teeth stuck into, in the cosy comfort of the Roxy Bar & Screen. Settle in and be transported from the isolation of the Hebrides to the townships of Cape Town, spending time with comic book artists in London and school children in Guinea. There will be short breaks between each film and Q&As with filmmakers wherever possible.
Roxy Bar & Screen
Eva Weber 47 mins (UK, 2013)Every day during exam season, as the sun sets over Conakry, Guinea, hundreds of school children begin a nightly pilgrimage to the airport, petrol stations and wealthy parts of the city, searching for light. This evocative documentary tells the story of these children’s inspiring struggle for education in the face of the country’s own fight for change.
Daniel Baldwin 30 mins (UK, 2013)This warm, funny film tells the story of an eccentric comic-book loving duo attempting to put together the UKs first international self-publishing festival. But it isn’t just about comics. It is about knowing ourselves, having passions for their own sake and doing something with them in a world that makes it tough to create time for the things we love.
Alex Nevill 26 mins (UK, 2013)"Revolving around four unorthodox inhabitants of an isolated Hebridean peninsula this documentary explores the peculiarities of living in a harsh natural environment while intimately delving into dwellings nestled around scraggy Scoraig. Through the juxtaposition of intricate daily chores and the vast hostile landscape we glimpse a deep desire for isolation from contemporary society among this halcyon geographical community."
Caroline Pick 17 mins (UK, 2013)This intimate family story is told through home movie , stored in a wardrobe for over fifty years and found during a recent house move. the film shows an idyllic picture of 1950s middle class life in Cardiff narrated by one of the little girls, filmmaker Caroline Pick, now over sixty years old. But gradually the footage hints at something unspoken: snatches of tales of those left behind, of silence about the past, absences unexplained. This moving film is a story of immigration, dislocation, assumed identities and family secrets. Eighteen close relatives dead ....and never mentioned.
52 Lainey Richardson mins (UK, 2013)The townships in the suburbs of Cape Town, SA are blighted by the highly addictive, heroin-based ‘unga,’ which is mixed with cleaning detergents; and Crystal Meth known locally as ‘tik’ which are slowly crippling the population. Lainey Richardson’s debut documentary follows 27 year old, party girl addict Analese, and her 25 year old childhood friend Trevino, who is struggling to hold his family together, having lied about his heroin addiction until he was married. Tik and the Turkey is the human face of an abandoned community facing a drug abuse epidemic.
Inka Achté 26 mins (UK, 2013)They vanish without warning: fathers, husbands, sons who leave their home and never come back. They leave behind families who may never learn what happened. Sleeplessly, those left behind keep turning over the clues in their minds, desperately looking for signs they might have overlooked in this puzzle, reconstructing every detail of the last hours. They wait for years, fearing nothing more than getting an answer.