Watch All of this Year's BAFTA Nominated Short Films
FILMMAKERS: Sandhya Suri, Thomas Bidegain, Balthazar de Ganay
The short film focuses on a poor agricultural female labourer leading a double life in the village's last remaining cornfield, and was influenced by the strong agricultural themes in the work of Thomas Hardy and Chekhov’s short stories. Written at a time when news channels are populated with stories about sexual violence against women in India, writer and director Suri “wanted to make a film about a women taking and owning her sexual desires.” The focus on the central character is “not about what is done to her but rather what she chooses to do.”
FILMMAKERS: Elizabeth Hobbs, Abigail Addison, Jelena Popović
Using Oscar Kokoschka’s writing, paintings and prints as her inspiration, Director Elizabeth Hobbs says; “…I liked the mixture of themes that emerged for Kokoschka between 1912–1915: [his] extremely passionate relationship [with Alma Mahler] combined with his experience in the war, and then I found a wealth of drawn and written material that he had generated about that time, which created the story of sorts.” … “The film is a dialogue between his work and mine, in particular his lithographic prints and drawings, but also his diaries, plays and his autobiography. I used elements of his work or writing as a starting point for each shot or scene; I would draw it many times to bring it to life, until it became something.”
FILMMAKERS: Jonathan Hodgson, Richard Van Den Boom
Three teenage friends embark on a new adventure in a strange town, but when a new acquaintance joins their gang, their loyalty is torn apart with terrifying consequences. Roughhouse is a story based on real events exploring the themes of leadership and bullying amongst young adult males, and in particular how a change in a young man’s circumstances radically alters the way his friends behave towards him.
FILMMAKERS: Barnaby Blackburn, Sophie Alexander, Catherine Slater, Edward Speleers
Wale is about a black teen with a criminal history trying to reinvent himself in modern London. Everything that Wale wants to get away from is right there on his doorstep, making it as difficult as possible for him to make his fresh start.
On the inspiration for the script, director Barnaby Blackburn says, “When I wrote the script [in 2016] there were a number of fatal incidents involving the police and kids from local black communities. From what I was seeing and hearing, young black men didn’t, and still don’t, feel like the police are there for them. It got me thinking about what you might do if you didn’t feel like you could call the police in a grave situation. Those thoughts are what ultimately inspired the script for Wale. I wanted people to really feel the injustice of the things that happen to Wale, so I scripted and shot it in a way that makes you feel like the floor has fallen out from under you, because that’s exactly how Wale feels in those moments.”
FILMMAKERS: Alex Lockwood
When I came across Jay Wilde’s story in the local news it immediately resonated with me. I felt it was such a powerful story that I assumed there would be a queue of filmmakers lining up to make a documentary on it. After contacting Jay, I found, to my amazement, that he hadn’t yet been approached by any documentary filmmakers and even better, he was happy for me to tell his story. And so we set off with no budget whatsoever and a team of just four, and that was the start of our journey.
FILMMAKERS: Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
Marfa was inspired by Director Greg's first trip to America. He flew to Austin and then drove several hours through the desert to reach this notorious border town. Famous for its association with James Dean, the artist Donald Judd, as well as having unexplained lights in the sky, the town of Marfa is a place on the edge. The poem was written in a style influenced by the beat poets, using 'found words' and place names. The film is presented in a square format, inspired by the shape of Greg's sketchbooks.
The Blue Door
FILMMAKERS: Ben Clark, Megan Pugh, Paul Taylor
Shot on an entirely recycled and reclaimed set, The Blue Door aims to put British Horror back on the cinematic map. Director Paul Taylor says, “we wanted to tell an original and gripping story that put performance front and centre and earned its scares through solid, elegant film-making. The pace of the film is designed to increase exponentially, starting as a gentle tip-toe and building to a blood thumping sprint. Having no dialogue created a tension of its own; the challenge was sustaining that and letting the suspense build to a satisfying and nerve jangling finale.
FILMMAKER: Angela Clarke
Angela Clarke’s film tells an enduring love story of one man's time in London.
Watch the Nominated Short Films
The nominated BAFTA shorts are touring Curzon cinemas from Thursday 7 February.
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Or watch the shorts online at Curzon Home Cinema