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"Cassie"
10 mins 11s
13 October 2017
UK Short Films

Relationships are never easy - even for R&B star Cassie. Co-written with Burning Reel’s Harrison Boyce, this slow-burning short film sees Cassie and her beau go through the wringer. Boyce establishes their turbulent relationship amidst motel rooms, convenience stores, and desert vistas. A handsome showcase for Cassie’s new sound.

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Short Films
"Cassie"
10 mins 11s
13 Oct 2017
Relationships are never easy - even for R&B star Cassie. Co-written with Burning Reel’s Harrison Boyce, this slow-burning short film sees Cassie and her beau go through the wringer. Boyce establishes their turbulent relationship amidst motel rooms, convenience stores, and desert vistas. A handsome showcase for Cassie’s new sound.

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"Anxiety"
4 mins 40s
11 Oct 2017
This vivid short film marks World Mental Health Day with an eloquent insight into troubled minds. These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds. Whatever their differences, they share a common foe: anxiety. Directors Lily Rose Thomas and Stephen Isaac-Wilson craft an intimate portrayal of the condition.

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"Brian & Charles"
12 mins 06s
29 Sep 2017
This bittersweet comedy from MindsEye’s Jim Archer explores human-robot relations in a rustic setting. Life seems good for the reclusive Brian and his homespun android, Charles Petrescu. Alas, their domestic harmony is short-lived. Writers and performers David Earl and Chris Hayward deliver a memorable spin on the odd couple formula - aided by Charles’s freakish yet affable design.

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"The Super Recogniser"
11 mins
28 Sep 2017
The privacy paranoid may want to skip this chilling film from Jennifer Sheridan and Missing Link Films... but they shouldn't. It deals with the fantastical-sounding but very real phenomenon of super recognisers - the 1% of the population with an enhanced ability to recognise faces - who the Metropolitan Police use as a crack squad to monitor their surveillance screens.

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"Aum Shinrikyo"
2 mins
26 Sep 2017
This atmospheric short film from director Noah Conopask is inspired by the Tokyo Subway sarin gas attack of 1995 - committed by the Aum Shinrikyo group, after whom the film is named. From off-kilter camera angles to the haunting, minimal soundtrack, everything here is meticulously designed to unsettle the viewer and create a sense of foreboding. Thought provoking work.

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"The Bowling Butcher Of Blackburn"
5 mins 35s
8 Sep 2017
On paper, ‘The Bowling Butcher of Blackburn’ sounds rather foreboding. Fortunately, Sam Huntley’s documentary is an affectionate look at Lancashire bowler David Shawforth as he shifts between joints and jacks. Forthright yet affable, Shawforth shares his worldview both on and off the bowling green.

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"Strongman"
3 mins 40s
31 Aug 2017
Gymophobes will blush after watching this powerful short film. A freak accident robbed soldier Mark Smith of his right leg, leaving him a shadow of his former self. “I’m never going to look like this again”, he says… and Smith is a man of his word. It’s a dignified study in mental and physical strength from director Matthias Hoene.

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"Play-Off"
1 min 33s
24 Aug 2017
A golfer finds himself bested at every turn in this compelling short film, created by Passion Pictures and up-and-coming collective Megacomputer. The serious player's shots continually miss their target, while the bloke gets increasingly wound up by a young golfer's easy wins. The action ends on an Inception-like cliffhanger, so stay past the credits...

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"This Sucks"
45s
18 Aug 2017
While more and more taboos are broken, some remain shatterproof - like breastfeeding in public. Stink Studios’s Joe Lawton finds this, well, hard to swallow. This powerful film reminds us what we should be disgusted by. Evidently no one taught this lot to chew with their mouth closed.

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"Lina/Laviai"
5 mins 21s
10 Aug 2017
For Laviai and Lina Nielsen, athletics is a family business. Inspired by London 2012, the sprinters have trained together ever since. Matt Houghton’s thoughtful short film charts their twin bid for glory. Quiet and sincere, it offers a familial slant on grassroots athletics... and what it takes to join the elite.

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"Bad News"
2 mins 38s
4 Aug 2017
Sketch duo Mid-Brow reveal what newscasters get up to off-air. Turns out ditching the lingo is easier said than done. And the breaking news? Two pints of lager down the local. MId-Brow a.k.a. Tom Blackwood and Alex Cooper take the pub confessional to the extreme. Earpieces permanently attached, their work-life balance is extremely lopsided.

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"Skulls, Snakes and the Flower of Death"
2 mins 56s
1 Aug 2017
This extraordinary examination of the tattooist's art offers an explanation for some of the most common iconography chosen by those who subject themselves to the inked needle. Autobahn's James Worsley and Pedro de la Fuente wrote the poem which forms the basis of this film which they also directed and they've created a piece of work which endeavours to shift our perception of this art away from seedy shops in the dingiest parts of our cities to something on an entirely different plane.

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"Epic Fail"
5 mins 32s
25 Jul 2017
Many a political commentator has seen their careers hit by recent events on both sides of the Atlantic. In this age of self-serving allegations about fake news, Blinkink’s Greg Barth imagines a vote on world peace. As Trump, Brexit, and the general election have shown, nothing should be taken for granted. Despite the garish colours and outmoded tech, this film nails some thoroughly modern neuroses.

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"Dress Code"
1 min 50s
26 Jun 2017
Andy Lambert’s wry short film - the latest in his Mute Series - demonstrates what happens when British reserve meets the great outdoors. After a bracing swim, this woman attempts to change with a towel as her changing room. Her impressive squirming produces the desired results… though her fellow beachgoers are a touch more liberated.

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"The Enlightenment of Cosmic Panda"
50s
22 Jun 2017
If you've ever wondered what's going on behind a panda's adorable eyes, Mr Kat & Friends have some valuable insights. They take us on a colourful journey through the cosmic panda's inner life, surreal images swirling through an internal galaxy. We particularly like the bear's nonplussed reaction to the trip - what kind of leaves has he been eating?

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"Rollin' Wild"
2 mins 05s
16 Jun 2017
This amusing short film - part of a popular French series - focuses on some rather rotund animals and their antics. Directed by duo Kyra & Constantin, the comic timing here is excellent as each vignette unfolds. Falling is a repeated punchline, unsurprisingly, but the joke never gets old as we watch each charmingly-animated creature come a cropper.

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"Equal"
20 mins 12s
6 Jun 2017
This film by south London collective Last Night In Paris is a tad long, but nonetheless it's a highly compelling piece of work which pulls you in. A weird hybrid of the mundane and the mind-blowing, 'Equal' follows a quartet of young guys heading off to a party. Unsurprisingly, drugs are involved... but what is the sinister inky liquid that some of them choose to take?

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"Shetland Pony Grand National"
4 mins 59s
1 Jun 2017
While jockeys, trainers, and punters prepare for this weekend’s Epsom Derby, this endearing documentary from Cabell Hopkins highlights another all-important equine pursuit - one that’s smaller scale in more ways than one. Hopkins follows a group of youngsters already balancing homework and track glory in the world of Shetland pony racing.

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"Raised By Krump"
22 mins
26 May 2017
This fascinating short film by Knucklehead's Maceo Frost explores the origins and ethos of krumping - the hip-hop based dance style first known to most via Madonna. Characterised by emotionally expressive, exaggerated moves, the style has its roots in street culture and the struggle of growing up in the inner city. It's this which Frost chooses to examine, taking a peek into the stories of some major players on the krump scene.

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"Run Towards"
5 mins 16s
10 May 2017
If you ever wondered what a running app in George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eight-Four’ would sound like, this short from RSA’s Gray Hughes offers a compelling approximation. A runner is propelled by the clinical voice of Towards. Forget couch to 5K - this training programme has a more sinister agenda.

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"Set Adrift"
8 mins 05s
3 May 2017
This moving short film is like a cross between Lassie Come Home and one of the better Doctor Who episodes. The aptly-named directing duo Afloat - Jennifer Sheridan and Matthew Markham - wrangle an astonishing performance from their canine lead as he struggled to come to terms with the loss of his beloved owner.

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"Sunday Sunday"
1 min 33s
25 Apr 2017
Local park superstars will appreciate this ode to Sunday league football from My Accomplice’s Lewis Arnold. Forget flash cars and sponsorship deals - it’s about hangovers and step overs in this league. The film offers an affectionate look at the amateur game. Those who prefer a kickabout to a lie-in will recognise much here, from chilly warm-ups to post-match refreshments.

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"Get Staffed"
2 mins 32s
11 Apr 2017
What difference can one man make to the economy? Quite a big one, according to this fun short from Big Red Button, in which a bloke (played by Jack Barry) decides there’s a better way to spend his savings - go on a hiring spree. Starting with Cruyff the valet, he outsources every aspect of his life: cooking, dressing, even exercise. Only in the end do we learn how far his recruitment drive goes.

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"Fast Slow Motion"
1 min 42s
10 Apr 2017
You can see the punchline coming a mile off in Eran Amir's latest short film. The Nexus director crafts a slo-mo spectacle with a difference; every languid movement is achieved in-camera without any VFX wizardry. Amir's signature imagery - fruit bowls, slow pours - is complemented by a soothing soundtrack as he absorbs a mean left hook. Be sure to check out the making-of, too.

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"Invisible"
11 mins 23s
7 Apr 2017
In the parlance of Monty Python, this diverting short film demonstrates the value of not being seen. Sue (Athene Parker) wanders through life practically - you guessed it - invisible to those around her. Pedestrians, workmen, and colleagues remain oblivious to her existence. Every cloud has a silver lining, however - and this is a particularly lucrative one.

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