BE STILL MY BEATING HEART, Dir. Ruth Paxton
CompetitionNew Shorts

UK COMPETITION: Concealment Feeds the Fear

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20:45 Mon 13 Jan 2020

BFI Southbank NFT1

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Amidst nostalgia, grief and generational secrets, the duality of absence and presence is felt. The individuals in these shorts must confront states of being and truths long avoided.

Maxine Peake (Funny Cow) embodies a woman plagued by anxiety in Ruth Paxton’s latest psychological horror, whilst artist-academic Morgan Quaintance interrogates the ‘90s’ unfulfilled promise of progress.

One family man’s secrets reach the end of the line with a chilling performance from Emun Elliott (Prometheus), and filmmaker Georgi Banks-Davies turns a female lense to machismo culture and its capacity for self-destruction.

All attending filmmakers will be in conversation with programmer and LSFF Artistic Director, Philip Ilson. 90’


Smart caption glasses, a solution for D/deaf, deafened or hard of hearing audiences, will be available at this screening. For smart caption glasses enquiries or bookings, please email events@shortfilms.org.uk.


All of the films in this programme qualify for LSFF’s Best British Short Film Award sponsored by the British Council, as well as, dependent on genre, our Best Documentary and Best Animation Awards.

This programme contains violent and bloody imagery, and references to suicide and paedophilia.

BFI Southbank

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Adult £12.50 / Concessions £11.25 / 25 & Under £3

Access

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  • ANOTHER DECADE

    Morgan Quaintance 27 mins (UK, 2018)

    Focusing on testimonies and statements made by artists, theorists and cultural producers that are still pertinent over two decades later, the video’s production was propelled by a sense that very little socio-cultural or institutional change has taken place in the United Kingdom.
  • THEY FOUND HER IN A FIELD

    Ellie Rogers 6 mins (UK, 2019)

    Haunted by the death of her classmate and first love, Martha returns, ten years on, to their old meeting place. But as the memories of their relationship come flooding back, she must confront the tragic mystery that put an end to it.
  • THE FIGHT

    Georgi Banks-Davies 14 mins (UK, 2019)

    A desperate immigrant cab driver picks up a drunken passenger who wants a lot more than just a ride home. Inspired by true events.
  • KINGDOM COME

    Sean Dunn 18 mins (UK, 2019)

    A middle class family spends the day together purchasing items in anticipation of the arrival of a new baby. We follow them into a consumerist dreamscape that soon dissolves into something nightmarish.
  • BE STILL MY BEATING HEART

    Ruth Paxton 25 mins (UK, 2019)

    Two adult sisters, Diana and Sarah, exist dysfunctionally, each limited by illness - one physically and the other psychologically. Be Still My Beating Heart is a nightmarish, contemporary vision capturing one woman’s experience of anxiety.