UK Dramatic Shorts 

Session 1

Screening - Saturday 11th July - 6pm
Screen 2 - AMC Cinema

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.

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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.

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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 which depicts well-intended actions that in turn bring about 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.

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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.

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Session 2

Screening - Sunday 12th July - 4:30pm
Screen 9 - AMC Cinema

GASPING - English PREMIERE

16 mins
Comedy
Director: Greg Hemphill

The premiere screening outside of its Native Scotland, ‘Gasping’ follows A family man (Frankie Boyle), who tries to clean up his act, stumbling upon a series of obstacles of an increasingly surreal nature in this comedy about what happens when the universe comes together to destroy you.

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Into The Surf - UK Premiere

12 mins
Drama/ Mystery
Director: Tom Evans 

Greg Austin (Mr Selfridge) plays a strong central performance in this story of two brothers growing apart. The film delivers a beautiful meditation on guilt, regret and the weight of words unspoken. Stunningly shot and produced, it resonates long after the end titles. 

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The Hook

10 mins
Comedy
Director: Nick Flügge

Ed Caruana (The Search for Sunshine) and Christopher Sciueref (Exodus, 300: Rise of an Empire, Skyfall) play opposite one another in this quirky and punchy comedy about a one-to-one boxing lesson, which leads to a confrontation that proves to be more than both men had bargained for. An offbeat exploration of masculinity and the way it is measured that is as poignant as it is laugh out loud funny.

Beverley

UK
24 mins
Drama
Director: Alexander Thomas  

An exciting young British cast that features,Laya Lewis (Skins), Vicky McClure (This is England, Broadchurch), Winston Ellis (The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Carribean), Kieran Hardcastle (The Is England) and Tom Cowling '71 all star in ‘Beverley’ which follows a mixed race girl's struggle to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape - 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present - a threat that extends beyond her own safety, as she must also protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve. Strong and brave filmmaking that is beginning to send waves through the short film circuit which will ultimately catapult Alexander Thomas as a director to watch out for.

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7.2

UK
14 mins
Director: Nida Manzoor

Cheryl Burniston is brilliant as Cleo in this action-comedy about a ‘Kick Ass’ schoolgirl, who regains consciousness to find herself lying on the ground with no memory of who she is, only to be confronted by Daisy, the school bully, who issues a cryptic ultimatum. Darkly comic and poignant throughout this is the first of many to come from newcomer Nida Manzoor.