There’s poetic teenage romance and love in the age of technology, toxic masculinity and female empowerment, a photographer with a moral dilemma and a friendship with blurring boundaries… and a pug with a strange secret. A selection of new films from some old friends; filmmakers making a welcome return to the festival.
Join us at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington from 8:30pm on March 23rd. Tickets £5/£4 (concession).
HIDDEN (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Cast: Jess O’Brien, Wri: Sophie Black, Prod: Keith Allott
UK, 2018, 6 min 21 sec, Cert: PG (F Cert)
Solomon reads aloud a poem with a beauty that surprises all of his classmates except one, Katie. The poem has a meaning and two secrets only they know about.
LACUNA (UK Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Joseph Simmons
UK, 2019, 15 mins 02 sec, Cert 15
Charlie and Camille maintain a relationship through a piece of technology that physically connects people via virtual reality. But Charlie knows he must make a decision soon: Should he stay or should he go to her?
SHEPHERD (UK Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Clayton Waddell, Prod: Max Van Egmond
Australia, 2018, 10 min 50 sec, Cert 15
On a drunken night out with his brother and team mates, an awkward 17 year old boy finds himself pressured to be the very type of man he despises.
SLINGSHOT (UK Premiere)
Dir: Robin Haig, Wri: Mandy Lee, Prod: Claire Nicol, Lindsay McGee
UK, 2018, 15 min 27 sec, Cert 12A (FFF Rating)
A Highland woman dreams of being a Warrior Queen.
PAPARAZZA (North West Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Aurora Fearnley, Prod: Adam Gregory Smith
UK, 2018, 16 min 45 sec, Cert 15 (FFF Rating)
A London portrait photographer falls on hard times and turns to life as a Paparraza to support her family.
TREACLE (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Rosie Westhoff, Wri / Prod: April Kelley
Prod: Sara Huxley, Katie Rotolo, Henry Kittredge, James Dean, Zeus Zamani
(UK / USA, 2019, 17 min 45 sec, Cert 15 (FFF Rating)
Belle and Jessie go on a weekend road trip to help Jessie get over a recent breakup. Lines begin to blur between them when Jessie in her drunken loneliness kisses Belle.
BERTIE (North West Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Garry Crystal, Prod: Karen Newman
UK, 2018, 16 min 30 sec, (Cert 15)
Neurotic parents Tom and Lisa have moved to what they believe is their dream home, only to have their idyllic lives shattered by Ann, a widow, and Bertie, her pet pug
98 min 40 sec.