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New Shorts #23: FATHER
Sun 13 Jan 12:30 Curzon Soho
The father is the bedrock of the family, or so thatâ€™s the traditional notion. But no punches are pulled in this selection of films tacking parental love and the fraught relationships between father and child, whether absent or very much in charge.
Total: 98 min
BEEN HERE FOR DAYS
Dominik Rippl 12 mins
ʻBeen Here For Daysʼ is two stories woven into one. The first, a story about a boy and his father, about parenting, about the love and hate you can feel towards a person - the messy complicated love of family relationships. The second is a story about death, a glimpse of what it is like to die in this particular way and what itʼs like to be a witness of that death. The sad, the funny, the weird and un-sanitised version of events.
James Lawes 11 mins
Black Dust is a film about best friends Andy and Bryn; two coal miner's sons, growing up in 1970's Britain. A caved in tunnel has resulted in Andy's father, Stan, being trapped down a mine. Its up to Ike, Bryn's abusive father, to get him out.
Lewis Arnold 18 mins
A young girls receives a phone call delivering some tragic news but her unexpected reaction reveals there is more to this call than first appears.
Duncan Wellaway 14 mins
A middle-aged slaughter-man struggles with the guilt he feels because of his recent marital breakdown. His young daughter is the only thing keeping him going, but will she ever forgive him?
John Brown 19 mins
Mum Says is the story of William a young boy who lives in a fractured middle class family environment. He is coming to terms with his parents and who they really are. When his older brother, Joey, arrives back to create a relationship with him the family are pushed to their limits.
David Alexander 9 mins
A young couple struggle to stop their family falling apart.
Alex Kendall 7 mins
A young girl goes to desperate measures in order to win back the affections of her father.
STEP RIGHT UP
Benjamin Bee 9 mins
When his ex-wife cancels his party for their son's 8th birthday, Dan decides to proceed with the one person who turns up as planned, the clown.