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"This Sucks"
45s
18 August 2017
UK Short Films

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. Grease pours from every frame - enough to put anyone off their lunch. While kebabs and hot dogs are mangled, a mother feeding her baby proves a serene palate cleanser.

Lawton’s indignation is loud and clear. Peaches’s electro-punk blitz provides the ideal soundtrack, while the mother’s stoic gaze challenges us to rethink our social mores. Food for thought, eh?

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Short Films
"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.

Short Films
"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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"Visualise This"
2 mins 25s
27 Mar 2017
Danny Capozzi's satire on client fickleness prompted a lot of laughter when we screened it at our March 2017 CraftWorks event and the director proved as engaging as his film in the Q&A which followed. While you wouldn't guess it from his understated demeanour, Capozzi is clearly something of a show-off as he uses this film to demonstrate his versatility by executing a range of different animation techniques.

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"Do What You Can't"
3 mins 52s
16 Mar 2017
Youtuber Casey Neistat has racked up three and a half million views with this energetically upbeat video. Addressing the film to 'the haters' and 'doubters', Neistat rails against conformity over a montage of people doing things they were told they couldn't do.

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"All We Do"
7 mins 58s
16 Mar 2017
Oh Wonder aren't afraid to ask big questions. The Londoners ponder what makes us human in increasingly harsh times with this sweeping short film. Each contributor offers thoughtful ruminations on their place in the world while Oh Wonder's nuanced soundtrack washes over. A welcome antidote to the bitterness threatening to boil over.

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"Mercy"
9 mins 16s
8 Mar 2017
It’s safe to say Bristol artist Javeon and director Ben Strebel believe in the long game. The pair have collaborated on a series of interconnected promos since 2014, and this nine-minute epic brings their ambitious project to a conclusion. Javeon’s sharp beats puncture the tension, while Strebel demonstrates a knack for bleak, menacing imagery with an artful edge.

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"Last Supper"
4 mins 46s
6 Mar 2017
This prologue to ‘Alien: Covenant’ introduces the crew of the USS Covenant. They seem like a chirpy bunch as they prepare to enter cryosleep… though as franchise veterans will attest, they’re in for a grisly awakening. Luke Scott aims to flesh out the characters before things turn biblical in dad Ridley’s main feature.

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"No Doubt About It"
6 mins
2 Mar 2017
Give a rumour an inch and it will run a mile. Bacon’s Holger Karberg gives Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of gossip running amok a modern update as, instead of one feather turning into five hens, a one night stand turns into a criminal saga. When Peter divulges his latest sexual encounter, Jakob’s big mouth turns it into the talk of the town.

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"Heartbreak"
6 mins 51s
15 Feb 2017
Director Dave Tynan says he was "blown away" when he saw actor Emmet Kirwan perform 'Heartbreak' at the Fringe Festival and knew immediately he wanted to capture it on film. The resulting collaboration is an extraordinary piece of film which amplifies the passion of this mesmerising spoken-work performance.

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"1977"
8 mins 24s
26 Jan 2017
'1977' is an autobiographical short film directed by Peque Varela. It explores her experiences growing up as a child struggling with gender identity issues whilst dealing with restrictive attitudes and and close-mindedness. Charting her life from birth to adulthood, the film takes a mixed-media approach to explore Varela's experience of dysphoria, as well as the more mundane struggles of growing up in a small town with nowhere to go.

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