NEW SHORTS: Root Thy Native Oak

Thursday 21st January 2021

AUNTIE EMPIRE, dir. Niamh McKeown, Julia Taudevin

After a punishing 2020 on our small island, these incisive short works take to task the British establishment. 

 

Through satire and documentary, the structural failings and faulty foundations of Great Britain are thrown into sharp focus - from colonial legacies in slow decay, embodied by a gory send up of the Queen’s Speech, to the tectonics of class and capitalism as crowd simulation software recreates a pre-tragedy Hillsborough Stadium.

 

New observational documentary from Carol Salter (Almost Heaven) puts face to the humanity and strain on an austerity-depleted food bank, whilst short experimental sketches grapple with microaggressions on Instagram and notions of motherland. Programmed by Philip Ilson. 72'

This programme contains blood, gore, racial abuse and accident-related trauma.

Please note, the films Breadline and Dolápo Is Fine can only be accessed by UK audiences at the request of their filmmakers.

Thursday 21st January at 4.00pm

Online

£4

Films:

AUNTIE EMPIRE

Niamh McKeown, Julia Taudevin

6'

2020

United Kingdom

Auntie Empire wants to regale you with tales of the good old days of the British Empire, but unfortunately she is gradually bleeding to death.

GYM PATRIOT

Slobodan Karajlovic

7'

2020

United Kingdom

A white man showers after a session at the gym and becomes unnerved and then competitive after overhearing an Arabic voice singing in another cubicle. How will he retaliate?

DOLAPO IS FINE

Ethosheia Hylton

15'

2020

United Kingdom

Soon to leave her very British boarding school, a young girl is pressured to conceal her natural hair and begins to question how the world sees her.

BREADLINE

Carol Salter

10'

2020

United Kingdom

In a forgotten seaside town in the north of England, 78 year old Dave hands out food and kindness to those in need. After ten years of austerity, this nuanced portrait of a volunteer-run food bank penetrates the harsh reality of contemporary Britain.

BULLDOG

Kieran Stringfellow

7'

2020

United Kingdom

After spending the night in a cell, a rough sleeper has a score to settle.

MOTHERLAND

Thomas Blackman

5'

2020

United Kingdom

After witnessing a racist Instagram post Jack, a mixed race British-Jamaican, spirals down a rabbit hole of inauthentic attempts to reconnect with his roots.

THIS MEANS MORE

Nicolas Gourault

22'

2020

France

A crowd simulation software serves as a tool for exploring football supporters’ collective memory and the tragedy of Hillsborough stadium disaster.

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