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Director: Tim Fywell, UK, 22 mins, #Short
Set in a seaside town in the North of England, Black Road explores the relationship between two strangers, Maggie (Michelle Collins) and Lilli, which develops out of a broken promise that Maggie made to herself in order to help and protect Lilli. [Read more...]
DIRECTOR: Nick Flügge, UK, 12 mins
SYNOPSIS: A private detective has a routine stake-out ruined by his sister intent on fixing his life.
STORY: A sleazy private eye is on a routine surveillance job when he's ambushed... By his sister. Cul-De-Sac is a murky, funny suburban private detective story with a twist. Chris Pond is a struggling P.I. who tails insurance fraudsters to make ends meet. But one day a routine stake-out is ruined by his sister Lottie who decides to bring him lunch and stage an intervention into his failed life. This is the third short by writer / director Nick Flügge who has had work screened at 45 festivals across the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. His first short Special Delivery was nominated for IMDB New Film-maker Of The Year, his second The Hook won Best Comedy at the Portsmouth Film Festival, Best Film at the Coventry Film Festival, and was selected for London Short Film Festival 2016. Nick is carving out a niche for off-beat takes on suburban life having grown up in the outskirts of London with a French mother and a German father. Over the past 10 years he has been building a reputation for quirky humour with character-driven stand-up comedy, weird animated films and online sketch videos. He is a founder member of comedy collective Mr. Tibbs. Cul-De-Sac stars Mike Wozniak, an award-winning comedian and actor currently starring in Channel4's Man Down and Lucy Pearman, fresh from an acclaimed solo show at Edinburgh.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: Film noir finally makes it to North London. I wanted to make a noirish comedy thriller, with a man's fatherhood in the balance. The world of the North London cul-de-sac sets the scene for a grubby solipsistic private detective clearly in need of help. Whether he takes it or not is up to him.
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY: This is Nick's third short as writer / director which sees him build on the success of previous shorts where he was short-listed for IMDB New Filmmaker of the Year, won Best Comedy at the Portsmouth Film Festival and Best Film at the Coventry Film Festival. This and his last film were both selected for the London Short Film Festival. He continues to combine laugh out loud comedy with heart-felt human stories.
DIRECTOR: Connor O'Hara, UK, 15 mins
SYNOPSIS: In his last months alive, a young man calls upon his four closest friends to make his existence infinite, through the assembly of five key elements from his life.
TRAILER: [Not yet available]
STORY: Diagnosed as terminally ill, Sid (22) is physiologically fighting a losing battle in a suddenly bleak and terrifying world. Empowered by the loving support from those closest to him Sid resolves to overcome his predicament with the help of his friends. This coming of age modern story follows Sid’s search for meaning in the life he has little time to come to terms with and the answer to the ultimate finality of his death.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: Infinite is me putting myself on film and representing a time when my closest friends came together to support me. The script began with the same main themes that you can still see in the short. However, what I couldn’t expect was that while I was writing, one of my friends passed away, quickly followed by another friends dad. Suddenly my group of friends were actually living with the same problems that my characters were faced with. What I couldn’t help feeling was the selfish thought that death is so much harder for those who are left behind. And that we all wish we had a little more memories, and something special to remember the deceased by. Alongside this, I felt that those who died would never want us to be unhappy. They would want to be in our thoughts, but would want us to remember them in a positive light. Sid’s character therefore was massively shaped by this idea. Infinite needed to be a film which both represented male friendships in a positive light, away from the streets of London, away from Drugs, Crime and Sex. And also to further explore the fascinating topic of death. Both in terms of coping strategies, and what happens after we die. As a 21 year old writer, writing about 21 year old characters, I found I could very easily give them personalities that would be familiar to the audience watching. From the success of my last film Wander, I knew we had a great crew as well as great facilities in order to make Infinite. The cast was the icing on top of our pre-built cake. All five members of the cast came on board the project for passion, not money, and agreed to stay at my house for the duration of the shoot - something I thought was essential to cement our bond both on and off screen. I continued the theme of music having a key feature in my films, giving Sid a full scene to dance and just enjoy music for what it is - letting it transport him to another place. Furthermore, there is no attachment to time and technology. Similarly to Wander I wanted an audience of any age to be able to relate, so chose not to include any technology that would be associated instantly with a certain era or suggest that these boys would be ‘facebook friends’ as opposed to home grown friends who really have grown up together. Infinite is a coming of age story as these five boys come to terms with the ideas behind death, and complete an event in order to keep their friends memory alive after he has gone. The warmth of the film represents the feeling that, the good times we have with those who eventually pass away will never truly go. And the best times will always be remembered. Therefore, the audience will leave Infinite feeling warm, content, and wanting to spend the rest of the evening with their closest friends.
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY: To date, Connor has directed 4 short films with Lowkey Films. Wander, which was his first film to be submitted to film festivals, has now played at over 15 festivals across 5 continents worldwide, picking up numerous award nominations along the way. Having built up a very formidable visual style and a distinct way of telling stories, Connor is known for his tales of humanity, relatable to anyone. Infinite will continue with this style, and is cited by O’Hara as his most ambitious project yet. Through his work with Lowkey Films, Connor has also ventured into set decoration, giving him the opportunity to work on some of the largest productions in the world. His credits include; Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014), In the Heart of the Sea (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017). It is through Connor’s work on these productions that Lowkey Films have been able to connect with some of the most experienced professionals the industry has to offer.
DIRECTOR: Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, UK, 7 mins
SYNOPSIS: A powerful tale about love faced with darkness.
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY: Graduating at the National Film and Television School with masters in Directing Animation, pushed to nurture her very visual and emotive style. She has an eye for detail and is very playful but critical with her approach to animation.
DIRECTOR: Henry Scriven, UK, 1 min
SYNOPSIS: A bike thief instantly regrets his actions.
TRAILER: [Not yet available]
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY: Henry Scriven is a multi award winning film director and screenwriter based in London. His debut feature film How To Become A Criminal Mastermind won four awards at film festivals including Best Director at Green Bay Film Festival and Best Low Budget Film at the London Independent Film Festival.
DIRECTOR: Jonny Phillips, UK, 11 mins
SYNOPSIS: A Simple Fracture is a story about memory. Professor Philip Stone is an eminent neuroscientist - now in his seventies - who whilst being interviewed for a high brow television programme falls down a rabbit hole of his own memory and sees for the first time a traumatic and long suppressed event from his childhood in its entirety.
TRAILER: [Not yet available]
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: Following on from the success of my previous short film, the dialogue sparse Woodwoo (2013), I was keen to work with a writer on a more language based project. I approached actor and writer Julian Firth whose written work I have always admired, even though he is primarily known for his acting work. We were both fascinated by the ideas that surround the concepts of memory, loss, doubt and how memory can be distorted over time and these ideas made the basis of the script of A Simple Fracture. I felt with that with the right actors and locations we could paint a very atmospheric mood piece, building on the visual poetry of Woodwoo, creating something that is both visually effective but cerebral and with more depth - something think I think we have achieved with the finished film
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY: Jonny Phillips initially trained as an actor at RADA, starting his career in regional theatre in the 1980s. Following a very formative time at the Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Jonny started to work in TV drama and appeared on pretty much all of the key episodic dramas in the UK - everything from Casualty to Silent Witness and Poirot to Spooks.
His first feature film role was in Stephen Frears 1987 film Prick Up Your Ears and roles in diverse films such as James Cameron's Titanic, David McKenzie's The Last Great Wildnerness and Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson followed. Working alongside such a varied selection of directors help cultivate his passion for film making - in front and behind the camera. Jonny also collaborated with the late Derek Jarman on a number of small-scale film projects, where he developed a taste for a more improvisational and sensual film language, these experiments culminated in the Super 8 shot The Gates of Paradise.
Jonny wrote and honed the script for his first short film Woodwoo between acting jobs, with the film being completed in early 2013. Inspired by a stint as a tree surgeon during a period of no acting work, the visually poetic and technically ambitious short went on to screen around the world on the international festival circuit to much acclaim and was picked as one of the best of the Encounters Short Film & Animation festival in 2013. A Simple Fracture marks his second collaboration with the Woodwoo team; producer Jonathan Blagrove, cinematographer Andy Parsons and editor John Fensom. Still working hard as an actor, he recently playing Pervak in Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin and is currently in development on a number of his own film projects, including his debut feature.