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NEW SHORTS #23 MOTHER
Thu 16 Jan 21:00 Hackney Picturehouse
Experience a powerful programme of drama with a selection of films that zone in on the fraught relationships between the women in the family. Mothers don’t always see eye to eye with their offspring, but the bond is so strong it’s tough to break. Watch out for Maxine Peake looking after her anorexic daughter in The Heart Fails Without Warning written by Hilary Mantel, and Primeval’s Lucy Brown as a young mother protecting her family from bullies in This Is Vanity.
Duncan Roe 7 mins
A drama set in 90s IRA dominated Ireland. Ciara, a young mother is faced between the loyalty of her husband and the safety of her son.
HEART FAILS WITHOUT WARNING, THE
Ruth Platt 17 mins
Lola's sister has stopped eating. Lola treats her with the scorn she deserves - she'll snap out of it soon, won't she? Adapted from Booker Prize Winner Hilary Mantel's short story and featuring BAFTA nominated Maxine Peake, The Heart Fails Without Warning is a dark story about family relationships.
Eva Riley 9 mins
A coming-of-age drama about a mother and son’s drive in the country. The mother’s troubles force the boy to act older than his 11 years.
Myriam Raja 3 mins
Imaan wakes up to the unfamiliar sight of a blood stain on her bedsheets. Having gone to bed as a child the night before, she must confront the reality her mother imposes on her; the stain is the arrival of her womanhood and with it, the cultural and religious conformities required of her now.
PERFECT SILENCE, THE
Naz Sadoughi 17 mins
Heavily pregnant Natalie (18) still parties hard with best friend Mel. Homayra (60’s) Middle Eastern and proud lives next door and cares for ailing husband Sully. She’s sick of Natalie and her friends, their racist comments and the loud music. However one night, events change the course of the two women’s lives forever bringing forth an unlikely union.
Tanjil Rashid, Daniel Janes 14 mins
Teenager Priya lives in Ilford with her devout mother, Mrs Shah, in a suburban household that revolves around the worship of the ancient Hindu idols. However, Priya longs for the glamour of Bollywood and, to her mother's dismay, worships only the comically dashing Indian action hero Cosmo Basmati. When Cosmo comes to town, their conflicting attitudes come to a head.
THIS IS VANITY
Oliver Goodrum 24 mins
Loosely based on a true story, Angela, a young mother struggles to protect herself and her disabled teenage daughter Tyler from the constant violence and abuse from the local kids on the estate they live on. They seek help from the Police, the Local Authorities and even the Church but are met with indifference and a lack of the support they need. Riddled by her inner turmoil and her daughter’s grief, she puts an end to their lives.