New Shorts: Funny Shit
Friday, 14 January 2022
Image: Divination Dave, Georgia Madden, 2021
The 19th London Short Film Festival is back with the time-honoured opening night tradition of serving a smorgasbord of the year's finest comedy. Whether your sense of humour is warm and observational, gallows and deadpan, trippy and crude, satirical and politically subversive - Funny Shit has you covered. Watch out for Himesh Patel (Yesterday, Tenet) having an existential crisis, I May Destroy You's Harriet Webb as a driving instructor who thinks she knows everything, EastEnders' Nitin Ganatra questioning his faith, and Phil Davis (Vera Drake) in a short film for people who don't like short films.
Curated by Philip Ilson
Where 'Paris is Burning' meets Hieronymous Bosch.
A dip, a shablam, a death drop is when a dancer strikes a pose and dramatically falls on their back. The higher the fall, the spicier the dip.
The story follows Shesa Quinn dipping from the top of a skyscraper. Gagged by her stunt, the townsfolk bellow spiral into chaos. Will Shesa land a perfect dip?
EXPIATION is a dark musical comedy about a man who wants to expiate the sins of adultery by building a mosque in Bradford. Upon discovering the truth about his son’s sexuality he is haunted by visions of Donald Trump and must decide what is most important for his own salvation.
"You know, I’ve got to the age where I want to settle down and stop jumping from relationship to relationship every few weeks, but everyone I meet is so immature which I thought wouldn’t be the case now. Know what I mean? what do you do for a job? Ah no way! I love animation! That’s so interesting! Anything I’ve seen? I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be an animator! Bet it’s so fun. I think Pixar is my favourite, that film with the cars is just so dam funny! And Shrek! I almost forget that’s animation, just amazing how people come up with this stuff and make those characters so believable! Is that the sort of stuff you do? Can I see?"