New Shorts: Changing States

Sunday, 23 January 2022

23-01-22 Changing States

Image: Easter Eggs, Nicolas Keppens, 2021

The characters in these films find themselves in emotional transit, navigating new terrain in their lives. Drawing upon the maelstrom of emotions that accompany great change, the films employ a visual language of celebration, confusion, dread and anticipation. A young man struggles to reconcile the terse relationship with his father before he leaves for a military tour. A teenage friendship oscillates between abusive and compelling. A young woman makes a decision that confounds her boyfriend. These distilled moments gesture to grander, and sometimes life-altering changes.


Curated by Varun Raman

Sunday, 23 January 2022

15:00

2003

2003

Harris Dickinson

13'

2021

United Kingdom

On the eve of a young soldier's deployment, his father makes one last attempt to reconnect before it’s too late.

Bend

Bend

Georgia Goggin

8'

2021

United Kingdom

Maggie's encounter with the father of the boy who assaulted her teenage daughter tests her instinctive ‘rise above’ response to its limit. 

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Nicolas KEPPENS

14'

2021

Belgium

The Chinese restaurant is empty. The exotic bird’s cage stands wide open. Two friends, Jason and Kevin, see this as an opportunity to catch and sell them. Catching the birds ain’t as simple as it seems.

At Dawn: Good Manners To Look Good

At Dawn: Good Manners To Look Good

Chloée Maugile

5'

2021

United Kingdom

Anthony Gopaul is experiencing a hypnotic and surreal happening as he sits alone in his living room. He relives disappointments, cravings, and ecstasy whilst starring at his surroundings. As he faces hallucinations, visions of masculinity and spirituality flood his home. Viewers witness explorations of the surreal and otherness set against the backdrop of a South London residence.

everyone has my jacket.

everyone has my jacket.

Russell Atkinson

3'

2021

United Kingdom

“One of us has to change” takes a whole other meaning in
this short animation about fashion, gender dysphoria and
acceptance; as we follow a singular protagonist narrating
an internal struggle when a brown corduroy jacket makes
its way into his closet. 

Bug

Bug

Luke Nairn

10'

2021

Canada

A depressed young man heads to the city for the weekend to house sit for his older brother.

Night of the Living Dread

Night of the Living Dread

Ida Melum

11'

2021

United Kingdom

When a power cut ruins Ruby's bedtime routine, she finds herself haunted by some unwanted guests. The only way for Ruby to get a peaceful night of sleep is to confront her visitors.

THE LAST DAY OF PATRIARCHY

THE LAST DAY OF PATRIARCHY

Olmo Omerzu

15'

2021

Czech Republic

Nina is pregnant by Jakub. Today, he introduces her to his family. They’re all gathered in the hospital at the bedside of his grandfather. Just as the young lady tries to put on a brave face, she is faced with the surprising reaction of the dying relative: he wants to see her breasts. This sparks a debate to which she is not invited – should the patriarch’s last vow be satisfied?