Shorts Programme - You Don’t Know What To Do (95 mins)
Decisions and their consequences map out our lives, sometimes drastically and irreparably sometimes by opening new doors. From a woman who is considering changing her last name, to a man haunted by his past and prior commitments, these films tell us of those watershed moments which can change everything, reminding us that staying true to ourselves is often the toughest choice.
Once An Old Lady Sat On My Chest
UK | Candice Onyeama | 14 min
A young British Nigerian woman struggles to find a decent job. As her situation gets worse, she decides to take the drastic step of changing her ethnic name to an English one, hoping this will improve her chances.
UK | Duncan Christie | 15 min
Sophie and Henry are trying to locate their grown up son Tom, having lost contact with him for the umpteenth time during his struggles with drug addiction. Sophie will do anything to find her son but Henry knows it’s time to take a step back.
UK | Marley Morrison | 12 min
In a rural pub restaurant on a busy motorway, same-sex couple Brona and Alex await the arrival of a man called Karl.
UK | Christiana Ebohon Green | 15 min
Two estranged siblings are forced together to face a crucial decision - should their father’s medical treatment be withdrawn.
This Is Me
UK | Alexander Milo Bischof | 9 m
An estranged father returns home to attend his son's wedding in an attempt to face the past and make amends.
War Has No Eyes
UK, Cyprus | Perry White | 13 min
A young Muslim from inner London searches for redemption from his troubled past after being challenged by his prior commitments.
Angels Of Our Past
UK | Max Law | 17 min
Skip and his 11 years-old son Adam’s solitary life in hiding is threatened by a visitor from their past. What follows forces Adam to make a choice, one that will shape his life forever.
Part comedy, part drama, part body-swap thriller, Jenna Bass’ second feature is a daringly inventive and enthralling dive into contemporary South Africa. Lexi, Xoli, Tatiana and Thami set out on a camping trip with gusto, filming every moment with their camera phones. Yet cracks in their camaraderie soon develop. And when the young friends awaken one morning to a horrific discovery, the cozy myth of the Rainbow Nation is set to explode.
Screening in competition for the EEFF 2018 Best Film Award
In Conversation with Fatih Akin (60min)
Leading German filmmaker Fatih Akin won the Golden Bear in 2004 at the Berlin Film Festival for his cross-cultural twisted romantic thriller Head-On. In his first UK appearance since his latest film In The Fade won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Akin will talk about the controversy surrounding his latest work, his eclectic body of work that is a heady mix of comedies, thrillers and music documentaries, all while being the leading cinematic voice on cultural assimilation.
Image credit: Das Blaue Sofa/Club Bertelsmann.
Shorts Programme - Defying Gravity (105mins)
The struggle is real. Whether they are fighting against capitalism, social injustice and prejudice, or challenging social assumptions, the protagonists of these films are real survivors facing forces sometimes stronger than gravity. Keep your head up, will ya?
UK | Lauren Bensted | 11 min
In the back of a taxi on the way to her younger sister's engagement party, Alice makes some uncomfortable judgments about her driver.
UK | Harry Lighton | 11 min
On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.
UK | Jonny Ruff | 10 min
Sam and Alex are a couple on their holidays in Italy. En route to the airport to return home, they suffer a flat tyre and are forced to pull over.
Iceland, UK | Eva Sigurdardottir | 18 min
After being the victim of revenge porn, 17-year-old Chloe decides to enter a Fitness Model competition in order to change her image.
Bare With Me
UK | Natasha Coleman | 7 min
What’s happened to nakedness? For those that seek out social nudity in their day to day lives, nakedness breaks down barriers, gives back choice and builds a trusting community where naked is normal.
UK | Amrou Al-Kadhi | 12 min
A gender queer Arab boy in awe of his Muslim mother explores dressing like her for the first time.
FRA | Pablo Munoz Gomez | 14 min
“Santa is capitalist. He brings toys to the rich kids and swea shirts to the poor ones”. Nikos, 5 years old.
UK | Barnaby Blackburn | 20 min
An 18 year old youth offender is trying to start his own business as a mobile mechanic. But enterprise isn't so easy when you're a young, black male with a criminal past.
Long shunned to car parks, barns and pubs across the country Bare Knuckle Boxing has been coming out of the shadows, selling out arenas and going mainstream. ‘Bare Knuckle’ follows this meteoric rise revealing a group of fighters far from the glitz and glamour of their gloved counterparts, but bound by a subculture of honour, pride and violence. Featuring an impressive range of professional fighters, including Cody McKenzie, Melvin Guillard and world middleweight champion, Jimmy "The Celtic Warrior" Sweeney.
Filmmaker Duncan Napier-Bell and fighters from BKB are expected to attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.