LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The London Short Film Festival is a Mecca for the UK’s young creative talent and important dates in our film calendar here at Ben Sherman. From the 10-19th January the festival is taking over the best independent cinemas and venues in London.
The short film is recognised as a springboard to a future career while remaining an art form in its own right, and the festival is key to getting this work shown on the big screen and in front of audiences. We are looking forward to be in the audience and have picked the five films that caught our attention in this year's programme:
New Shorts: Landscape as Character
This selection of 9 films mixes strong drama with more experimental work, but is united by a sense of open landscapes and cityscapes. It takes us from the night time streets of Bristol in TRACES, to the mysterious edge-lands of London’s borders in ARTERIAL, the remote Scottish Highlands of STRAYED, and the disease-blighted English dairy farmlands of GREAT & SMALL.
Things Change by Jo Peel
Jo Peel has her very own imitable style, using acrylics and spray paint she confidently creates a dialogue by accurately recording the urban landscape in front of her. Peel is a member of the internationally renowned Scrawl Collective, regularly being commissioned to paint huge exterior street works. Using buildings as a canvas, Peel works tirelessly to produce large scale animations using stop frame photography to capture each frame of the production of the mural.
A Field in England: remixed
A unique audio visual short film, bringing together Ben Wheatley's cult film A FIELD IN ENGLAND and electronic post-rock bands Teeth of the Sea. The London quartet have taken the psychic spectres of A FIELD IN ENGLAND and combined them with the apparitions of their own imagination. The film is a psychedelic trip set against the English Civil War, in which a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field.
Youth of today
This programme faces the challenges of growing up in modern times, from childhood innocence corrupted and peer pressure among urban youth, to teenage ennui. It includes Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong’s No Kaddish In Carmarthen.