19 DECEMBER 2021
This screening session features 14 short films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.
CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
Free seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk before each screening. Reservation is not required, but optional. If you want to be certain of your seat(s), reserve your ticket(s) here.
PORTRAIT (U.S.) BY PECHE ROBERTS
Synopsis: Filming the composition of pictures by breaking the fourth wall, as if the lens was a mirror. Running time: 00:00:52
EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL (U.K.) BY ROLAND DENNING
Synopsis: A story told by a machine to humans in a world that has crashed and then been re-booted from a back-up. Unfortunately, the back-up was faulty and glitches are increasingly apparent. Have human beings and machines merged? Is the whole world counterfeit? Is free will an illusion? The machine is an unreliable narrator if ever there was one. It assures us that everything is under control, but can we believe it? Constructed during lockdown out of archive material and an AI synthesised voice, Everything Is Under Control is a wry philosophical reflection on our current predicament. Running time: 00:06:25
Festivals: Swedenborg FF, Obskuur Ghent FF (Winner Best Underground Film).
About the director: Roland Denning is a filmmaker, artist and writer based in London.
ONE WAY MIRROR (U.K.) BY TOMMY DUNCAN
Synopsis: A husband and wife indulge in light discussion regarding whether he should keep his beard, leading to a more ambiguous conversation about the standards or lack of, in both of their lives. Running time: 00:02:24
I N T E R S T I C E (SWEDEN) BY OSKAR WILLERS
Synopsis: When Anders makes an indecent proposal to his younger boyfriend Micke, things take a very sudden dark turn. Running time: 00:11:21
Festivals: BFI London FF, Venice Film Week, Cornwall FF, Amsterdam Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Oskar Willers has studied Filmtheory and Filmhistory at Stockholm University and went to the hands-on Film Schools: Stockholm Film School and Biskops Arnö Screenwriting School. He has worked as a commercial film- and still photographer and for the last ten years he is also a teacher at Kulturama Film School in Stockholm. I N T E R S T I C E (M E L L A N R U M) is Oskar´s directiorial debut.
SLURP (FRANCE) BY JULES JOLLY
Synopsis: A couple at the table. Isn’t diner the best time to say things? Running time: 00:02:40
About the director: Jules is an Art Director in the advertising industry. For almost 15 years he worked on ads for Ubisoft, Adidas, Warner Games, Orange and Instagram among others. In recent years he has been learning filmmaking with commercials. Slurp is his first short film. It’s a more personal work, far from commercial matters.
GARAGE ROMANTIC (NEW ZEALAND) BY DAN SADGROVE
Synopsis: A big dreamer from the small town of Togliatti, Russia ponders life while building a rocket powered sled made from discarded trash. Running time: 00:12:35
Festivals: Doc Edge Auckland (Winner Best NZ Short), Moscow Shorts ISFF (Winner Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Doc. Short), Paris FF (Winner Best Doc. Short), Golden Short FF, Athens Short FF, Los Angeles Intl. Underground FF (Winner Best Doc. Short), Boston Short FF, Berlin Short FF, New York Indie Cinefest, Venice Film Week, Nottingham IFF, and more.
About the director: Dan Sadgrove is a New Zealand born director with a degree in Anthropology focusing on documentaries around the world. He has filmed in South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico, Sardinia, Argentina, U.S. of America & New Zealand. He is also a published documentary photographer having been featured in National Geographic for his work in Patagonia, Argentina.
EVERYONE HAS MY JACKET. (U.K.) BY RUSSELL ATKINSON
Synopsis: “One of us has to change” takes a whole other meaning in this short animation about fashion, gender dysphoria and acceptance; as we follow a singular protagonist narrating an internal struggle when a brown corduroy jacket makes its way into his closet. Running time: 00:03:10
About the director: Russell Atkinson is a stop motion animation and character designer from Newcastle, England. His love for the painfully mundane married with extraordinary visuals almost always is seen in his films; usually alongside genuine experiences or emotional wellbeing as a theme. Being a proud and effeminate gay male, he uses his productions to tackle often candid topics and attempt to capture realism in a more child-like gaze of film.
MY FATHER (U.S.) BY DANIELE SESTITO
Synopsis: An adolescent girl fears that her father is going to kill her.Running time: 00:03:58
Festivals: New Jersey Independent FF (Winner Best New Jersey Film), Film Shortage, Beyond The Short.
About the director: Daniele Sestito is a director, writer, and cinematographer based in NJ/NYC. The son of two immigrants, he has always been obsessed with culture and perspective. Through film, he's found a way to share unique perspectives, in addition to his own. He’s shot several short films, music videos, and a web-series as a DP, written many shorts and a feature, and his work as a director has been screened at numerous film festivals. Recently, he completed his education at Emerson College, earning a BFA in Film Production. What drives Daniele is his passion for storytelling. Taking a precise approach to each and every frame, sound, and emotion, he aspires to make films that leave a strong impact on their audience.
ROUND ABOUT (GERMANY) BY ANDREAS URANOWICZ
Synopsis: An exorcist in Madagascar is looking for possessed patients in his institution. He is not able to find people that are possessed by the devil while talking to many mental ill people held in chains. Running time: 00:07:00
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, and more.
About the director: After studying media design and working at TAG/TRAUM Filmproducion as assistant editor in Cologne, Andreas has worked for several feature films with editors such as Monika Schindler, or Nils Pagh Anderson and directors such as Philip Gröning and Ai Weiwei. As film editor he won with “All`s Well” the Best Editing Award at the International Short FF Izmir in 2018. Several nominations followed for his first short film documentary “TAVY”. His first feature film as editor “Because We Dreamt Of Flying” (Lilian Loveday Erlinger) premiered at Hof IFF in 2019.
FOREST (IRELAND) BY DERMOTT BURNS
Synopsis: ‘Forest’ is an experimental short film rendered using real-time graphics. Through contrasting a vibrant virtual paradise with a dark reality, the film reflects upon humanity’s ignorance of their destructive nature on earth; the innocence of youth and the indifference of adulthood. Running time: 00:02:48
About the director: Dermott is a Real-time Artist/Designer and Concept Artist, based in the UK. A graduate from Ulster University and MA Graduate at Bournemouth University in animation and design, he has experience in both the video game and Animation Industry. He has previously worked as an Environment Artist on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, directed some short films and was as an Environment Lead on a real-time short film Ennui by Taunt Studios.
LIFE SKILLS (U.K.) BY GINO EVANS
Synopsis: Life Skills tells the story of Nathan, a former soldier who is struggling with life after serving in the Armed forces. When Nathan’s world is collapsing and he is at his lowest point, he seeks respite by taking a unique path to try to overcome his problems. Running time: 00:05:26
Festivals: Carmarthen Bay FF Indie Shorts Awards Cannes, Nottingham IFF.
About the director: Gino Evans began working as a writer/director combining film with theatre in 2003. In 2009 Gino began focusing fully on film, writing and directing numerous shorts and sketches, working most notably on BBC 'You Tube Kids' comedy sketches and 'Bus Baby' his 2010 award winning 'Virgin Media Shorts' film co-directed with Jason Wingard. His next films and documentaries (Blind Faith, Bourne Septuagenarian, Anxiety – Ellis’s Story,...) go on to win severals festival awards. From 2012 - 2019 he was creative director of Manchester production company Brickhouse productions, writing and directing numerous adverts and award winning documentaries. In 2019 he wrote his first feature - Pure O - a hard hitting film about mental health and addiction within supported housing in the UK.
PRISONER NO. I (U.K.) BY DANIEL WATT
Synopsis: Hanka Świderska is a hoarder and anorexic. She attributes her physical and mental illness to her father's time in Auschwitz. This short, made by her son, examines this connection and is a search for a record of Hanka's father outside the framework of his time in the concentration camp. Running time: 00:10:56
LOST TIME (U.K.) BY ANNA RADCHENKO
Synopsis: Featuring alternative pop singer and songwriter Jones, fashion film Lost Time looks at the passing of time as something fleeting and out of our control. A movement-led piece, it represents a positive journey into learning to coexist with time. The film employs the malleability of sand as a metaphor for time slowly seeping through our hands. We are presented with a path filled with challenges and frustrations, expressed in the video through sandstorms and exploding hourglasses, but also eternal moments of beauty and peace as we stand proud and unaffected by sand floating around us. We thus become queens and kings of our own destiny, ready to accept, embrace and experience what is laid ahead of us. Running time: 00:03:10
Festivals: Bristol Independent FF (Best Experimental), French Riviera FF, Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin, Croatia Fashion FF ( Best VFX) and Detroit Shetown Women's FF, and more.
About the director: Anna Radchenko is an award-winning director and multidisciplinary artist from Moscow residing in London. Her specialisations are short films, music videos, commercials, mixed media editorial projects and art installations. With an MA Fashion Photography from London College of Fashion, Radchenko’s films have been selected for the world’s major fashion and short film festivals including London, Berlin, Los Angeles and more. In terms of vision, she uses surreal ideas to create content that is both optically arresting and memorable.
OLYAN DOLGOK - THINGS LIKE (AUSTRIA) BY KÁLMÁN NAGY
Synopsis: Éva lives a nightmare. She has the terrible suspicion that her husband has done something to her five-year-old daughter. Éva seeks help from her best friends. But can they help her? Running time: 00:25:17
Festivals: Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film Graz, Palm Springs Shortfest, Shortynale - Filmfestival Klosterneuburg, Five Lakes FF, Filmfestival Kitzbuhel, and more.
About the director: Kálmán Nagy grew up in a small town in Hungary. From 2016 he began his Bachelor Film Studies in Directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts - Film Academy in Vienna in the class of Michael Haneke.