A great little showcase screening of award winners from the London Short Film Festival earlier in the year. Six pieces, the best of the year's crop in their respective categories. All shown together in the dark dampness of Crescent — but I had my blanket with me this time, and all was well.
- BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM NYO VWETA NAFTA by Ico Costa (22 mins)
- BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM MARTIN CRIES by Jonathan Vinel (16 mins)
- BEST LO-BUDGET SHORT FILM 3 SINKS by Paul Burt (5 mins)
- BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM DELICATESSEN by Fenglin Chen (5 mins)
- BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM THE COLOUR OF HIS HAIR by Sam Ashby (23 mins)
- BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM LITTLE SHIT by Richard Gorodecky (15 mins)
A great low-budget capture of a slice of everyday life in Inhambane, Mozambique. A warm if stereotypical look at some young men of the small town, their life of limited prospects and material aspirations, and the foreign West. Plus, a peculiar missing persons side track. Great.
Inspired meditation on friends and disconnection, rendered in the violent virtual world of the GTA V video game. Winning.
Three bathrooms, the people who inhabit them, and the absurdly complicated social situations in which they find themselves. Amusing, but thin.
A delightfully strange union of repurposed 50s footage of people in a delicatessen and overlay-drawn nightmarish fever imagery of eyes, limbs and organs. A love story? Splendid.
Drama-documentary based on an unrealised film script written for the Homosexual Law Reform Society in 1964. The story of the campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexual relations. "An impressionistic meditation on queer life before and after the partial legalisation of homosexuality in 1967." Living history.
The story of Paul, an ordinary kid being forced to grow up too soon, and his idle days in the concrete jungle. A portrait in black and white, heavily channelling La Haine. Gorgeous cinematography, but a little thin.