Wednesday 11th June 2014 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
A delightful selection of the best eight short films produced this year by new UK film-making talent. From animation to dramatic realism to Sci-Fi, this diverse collection provides something to entertain all tastes. Plus films made by final year students from the university of Reading Film, Theatre, and Television Department get their first airing to the public. The best of the best.
UK 2014 ● Various directors ● 124 mins + 30mins
Dir: Jamie Stone | UK | 2013 | 20 mins | Cast: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mackenzie Crook, Bronagh Gallagher, Bob Goody
Life in space isn’t easy. And living in orbit, indefinitely, with only your close family for company is even worse. A science fiction romance where two star – crossed lovers overcome all probabilities and sacrifice all they have in order to spend one perfect moment together.
Dir: Yousif Al-Khalifa | UK | 2013 | 9 mins
Sonja lives a lonely life as a fishmonger, more at ease with her fish than her customers, until one day a delivery man turns up who looks like a rainbow trout.
Dir: Ben Mallaby | UK | 2012 | 16 mins
Mim has lived her whole life on a little island with her best mate Danny. Her life is idyllic but going nowhere and she fears she’s left it too late to grow up. She makes the impetuous decision to have a baby – surely a one-way ticket to adulthood? Not in Mim’s case, as she finds herself embroiled in a deeply unpleasant situation that no one could have foreseen.
Dir: Jane Linfoot | UK | 2013 | 24 mins | Cast: Eloise Smyth, Ciaran Griffths
Jess and Jason meet at the bus station in a seaside town, seeing each other in daylight for the first time. What at first seemed exciting, forbidden, and divinely careless, soon threatens to be a regretful experience for both. This is not how things were meant to be…
Dir: Sam Taylor, Bjorn-Erik Aschim | UK | 2013 | 7 mins
In a desolate part of England a game of football comes to a standstill as the ball mysteriously goes missing. When a lonely stranger returns it the players have to decide whether or not to let him join in their game.
Dir: Michael Pearce | UK | 2013 | 28 mins | Cast: Maxine Peake, Geoff Bell, Adeel Akhtar
The impeccable wife of an MP confronts the imprisoned reality of her life after being taken hostage by two of her husband’s ‘business associates’.
Dir: Ainslie Henderson | UK | 2012 | 7 mins | Cast: Mackenzie Crook
A surreal trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician as he struggles to sing. I Am Tom Moody is a film about the creative struggle, it is about self-doubt, and striving to overcome our past.
Dir: James W. Griffiths | UK / Poland | 2013 | 7 mins
A prisoner makes a fantastical discovery when thrown into a cell with a terse and unsettling inmate; but in an audacious endeavour to escape his captors, he unearths a malevolent trick and the secrets of the cell are fully revealed.
Eight small wonders, stocked with infinite space… a joyous subversion of the norm – New Statesman
A wonderfully eclectic mix of promising talent and fresh ideas **** (four out of five stars) – Total Film
An engaging curate’s egg **** (four out of five stars) – The Guardian