Earlier this year, at one of the screenings, we asked people if they would like a night of short films and a large number of people put up their hands. So, on 8th November, we are holding our first night of shorts, all of which have strong connections with the area. Shorts are often viewed as the poor relation in film – and there are some terrible short films out there. But, as you can see, there is independent evidence for the high quality of the films and filmmakers we have chosen.First up is local resident Valeria Coizza’s comedic film My Bidet. This film was so well received when it came out that it lead to Valeria winning the Documentary Filmmakers Group competition to make a film in the Channel 4/BFI Britain Recut series. The documentary Across Still Water, directed by Ruth Grimberg from Tufnell Park, tells the story of Kentish Towner, John Chapman, as he loses his sight. Filmed in the area the film was winner of the best documentary award in the Aesthetica Short Film Festival and selected for the BFI London Film Festival. The Birch, a horror film starring local resident Corinna Marlowe, has become an online phenomenon with literally millions of views. Yours Truly, an animation made by Swain’s Lane resident Osbert Parker was nominated for a BAFTA. Corinthian, a boxing drama starring David Whitney, was shown at Cannes – and 50 other film festivals around the world. Valeria, Ruth, Corinna, Osbert and David will all be there on 8th November.
Christo, Lizzie and Matt