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Official selection uk shorts


Official Selection 2016

UK Shorts

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Official selection uk shorts


Official Selection 2016

UK Shorts

MANCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 12 UK Short FILMS THAT WILL COMPETE IN COMPETITION IN THE 2ND EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL.

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UK Shorts Session 1


UK Shorts Session 1

UK Shorts Session 1


UK Shorts Session 1

*All Short sessions followed by Director Q and A

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 2:30pm @ AMC

Break

World Premiere

Directed by Nicholas Moss

Starring- Sir John Hurt (Alien, Tinker Tailor soldier spy), Kika Markham (Mr Selfridge, Cracker), Chris Mason (Legend), Katherine Rose Morley (Last Tango in Halifax)

Runtime- 21 minutes

English language

An elderly couple befriend a young family following a shaky encounter.

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**Opening night Gala Film.

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I’m Sorry to tell you 

Directed by Ben Price

Starring- Ian Puleston-Davies (Life on Mars, Desperate Romantics, Coronation Street)

Runtime- 6 minutes

English language

A Doctor prepares himself before telling his patient the tragic news of a terminal diagnosis.

**Opening Gala Night Film.

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Nipple Jesus

English Premiere

Directed by Jake Lushington

Based in a short story by Nick Hornby

Starring- Steffan Rhodri (Submarine, Gavin and Stacey), Abigail Thaw (The Inbetweeners 2), Nicholas Farrell (Legend, Bloody Sunday), Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Pride, Game of Thrones), Karl Davies (Black sea)

Runtime- 16 minutes

English language

Neil is asked to guard a controversial exhibit at a London Art gallery, expecting it to provide a break from the violence he's encountered working outside nightclubs, he's soon to discover that the underbelly of the art-scene is far more bewildering and dangerous than he'd imagined.

You are Whole 

Directed by Laura Spini

Starring- Fred Melamed (A Serious Man, Girls, House of Lies), Juliette Kaplan (Last of the Summer Wine), Matthew Leonhart (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)

Runtime- 16 minutes

English language

Norman Pugg arrives in a sleepy British seaside town with a mission: to spread the word of The Children of the Mountain of the Star. However it seems that the local residents may have bigger problems than battling their spiritual confusions as Norman discovers a number of his prospective clients dismembered in their own homes. Mistaken for the serial killer and hounded by the police, Norman must persevere in order to bring wellbeing and clarity to a world where everything has stopped making sense.

* Part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme to coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Woman' season.

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Charlie Cloudhead 

uk premiere

Directed by Rupert Cresswel

Staring Paul Higgins (Couple in a hole, Utopia, The Thick of It), Daisy Haggard (Episodes, I Give it a Year)

Runtime- 8 minutes

English language

Always one to avoid his problems, Charlie has accumulated years of sadness, disappointment and regret into a cloud that hovers permanently above his head. Though on the surface Charlie’s life appears successful, with a decent job and a beautiful wife, he is trying to hide the fact he is unhappy and unfulfilled. At a tense birthday dinner with his wife Audrey, Charlie avoids her questioning until Audrey Snaps...

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Viking

UK Premiere

Directed by Sam Callis and Ben Callis

Starring- Sophie Thompson ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Andrew Lancel (Queer as Folk) Joseph May ( Episodes, Mistresses)

Runtime- 22 minutes

English language

After twenty five years Cathy returns home to confront her abusive father; only she's too late and he’s already dead. Seeking justice she commits to a darkly comic revenge that, while failing to deliver the healing closure she craves, does give her the sweet childhood reunion she needs.

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at 2:30pm @ AMC

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UK Shorts Session 2


UK Shorts Session 2

UK Shorts Session 2


UK Shorts Session 2

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 7:30pm @ AMC

 

THE IMMACULATE misCONCEPTION

uk premiere

Directed by Michael Geoghegan

Starring- Orliath Feenan, Helena Bereen (Hunger), Niall Cusack (Game of Thrones, The Frankenstein Chronicles)

Runtime- 25 minutes

English language

Sinead (Played by brilliant newcomer Orliath Feenan), is under age, pregnant and a virgin who lives with her grandparents. Her grandmother, the matriarch of this dysfunctional family and a pious Catholic, will stop at nothing to get this birth proclaimed immaculate.

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Midnight of my Life 

Directed by Phil Davis

Starring-  Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office, Sherlock)

Runtime 8 minutes

English language

It's July 1985 and while Rock and Roll's great and good are strutting their stuff at Wembley, Steve Marriott is propping up the bar of a dingy pub in Putney waiting to play to a small crowd of boozers. While he waits for the rest of his band, bitter and drunk, an encounter with a young revival Mod restores Steve's faith.

*Part of the 'Music Saturday' event.

*Also playing in front of Lunar Orbit Saturday 5th March.

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Strange Weather

Directed by Tom Shrapnel

Starring- Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, The Falling), Lex Shrapnel (K19, Captain America), Matti Houghton (Luther, Wire in the Blood)

Runtime- 18 minutes

English language

Two people witness a natural phenomenon that reawakens their senses and draws their empty lives together.

** Opening Night Gala Film

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Hole

world premiere

Directed by Mike Callaghan

Starring- James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting,Game of Thrones), Daniela Nardini (Sunshine on Leith, Bob Sergent) 
Stephen McCole (The Wee Man, Band of Brothers) 

Runtime- 19 minutes

English language

When a retired police detective learns that the man who killed his wife is to be released from prison, he hatches a plan to try and find her missing body and take vengeance on her killer.

Rumble

world premiere

Directed by Matthew Hopper

Starring- Alexander Shenton, John Macdonald (Burnt),  Joshua Nixon-Hill(Lemon Moon), Heather Bleasdale (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Last Chance Harvey),  William Ludwig ( Dancing in the Ashes)

Runtime- 19 minutes

English language

A deaf boxer, played by sensational newcomer Alexander Shenton, must decide whether to give up the sport he loves in favour of an operation that could allow him to hear for the first time.

* Part of the 'Super Sunday Sports Day' event.

Also playing in front of No Limits Sunday 6th March.

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Fire

Directed by Chris Andrews

Starring- Ewan Mitchell (Stereotype), Michael Shaeffer (Trance, Broken,Game of Thrones) Rupert Procter (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Notting Hill)

Runtime- 14 minute

English language

Jack (17) is coerced into stealing a car by his bullying father. When the theft goes wrong, he flees into an urban woodland. Ashamed and out of control, Jack is also battling a rising rage that threatens to consume him. When Jack stumbles upon a forest ranger with a 4x4, he sets his mind on stealing the vehicle. But as he is drawn into the ranger’s world he is given a glimpse into a completely different way of life from that which he knows. Jack is given the opportunity to step up and be a man, using his strength for a positive purpose. This experience challenges his attitude to the ranger, his father and his own growing power, and leads to a confrontation which will leave him changed. 

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at 7:30pm @ AMC