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UK Dramatic Shorts - Session 1

CARING FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED - UK PREMIERE

29 mins
Comedy
Director: Henry Davies

An all-star British cast featuring, Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Downton Abbey), David Schofield (Gladiator, An American werewolf in London), Alex Ferns (Joyeux Noel), Melanie Walters (Gavin and Stacey, Submarine) Philip Philmar (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeny Todd), and Abigail Thaw (The Inbetweeners 2, Black Mirror) tell the hilarious and darkly moving story of suburban housewife Marjoram and her dying well served husband Glyn, who after finally passing away returns from the dead. The down trodden wife quickly finds a way to adjust to her new way of life, while Glyn finally steps into a role that suits him.

ONE WORD - WORLD PREMIERE

17 mins
Drama
Director: Caleb Shaffer

Manchester born filmmaker Caleb Shaffer tells the relevant and emotional story of Sammi, a teenage African refugee, whose daily life is dominated by scenes of racism and rejection. Struggling to adapt to his new life, an opportunity for self-expression, which initially causes him to freeze with fear, is turned into the most powerful weapon against his bullies. An outstanding lead performance by unknown Joshua Okusanya will leave you wilting and sadly reflecting on a modern day observation of acceptance and understanding.

THE SPLIT - WORLD PREMIERE

15 mins
Drama
Director: Ed Rigg

Mick, played by Edward Hogg (Anonymous, Jupiter Ascending), doesn't believe in fate and parallel universes. But a foul weather encounter with an esteemed professor is about to set him on a path which will make him wish he did. A stirring and brilliantly acted tale that depicts well-intended actions which bring unintended results.

HIM UPSTAIRS

11 mins
Drama
Directors: Sonya Quayle Neil Mooney

Renowned British actress Gwen Taylor (Life of Brian) is ‘Margaret’ who with her beloved ‘Frank’ (Ricky Tomlinson-The Royle Family, Raining stones) on her side, has created a haven in her cosy home, where she offers comfort and advice with her tarot readings. A superbly acted, bittersweet film about hanging on to a warm and colourful past.

THE FLY

6 mins
Comedy
Director: Olly Williams

The new short film from Olly Williams, writer director of 2008s multi award winning short ‘The Black Hole’. Jack Doolan ( Cemetery Junction) stars as an uptight getaway driver, waiting outside a bank robbery, who has three nerve-shredding minutes to get through before his crew returns. All he has to do is focus. A funny, inventive and deftly crafted short story that will have you hooked from start to finish.