New Shorts: Gothic
Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Image: Ember, Nathalie Seidl, 2021
The cold, dark nights evoke the weird and the eerie; a hint of something in the shadows, candlelit tales of forgotten folklore. This programme beckons you into the warmth of the cinema, though you may feel a cold breath on the back of your neck… We travel across the world from ancient Japanese Noh theatre to the Austrian legend of the Krampus. Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems inspire a tale of a troubled gaslighter, and a canine sixth sense disturbs the spirits on an archaeological dig. With new work from Dr Who writer Joy Wilkinson, and Scottish author Helen McClory collaborates with LSFF alumni Bryan Ferguson.
Curated by Philip Ilson and Varun Raman
Structured as a journey, ‘Heiopei’ is a surreal, spellbinding tour-de-force, an escape from the monotony and grief of life in lock-down. Imagined characters wander through an emotional anti-realist fairy-tale landscape, where the familiar and the naïve provide the backdrop to scenes of spirit-possession, metamorphosis, restraint and release.
All content, including the music was written and performed by Susanne Deeken in her studio in London.