So far in our film club history we have screened 1 western, 4 silents, 2 science fiction, 2 horror, 1 animation, 2 arthouse classics, quite a few from the “100 films you should see before you die” lists as well as comedies, tragedies, thrillers and a handful of children’s films. We haven’t shown as much world cinema as we’d like because of licensing limitations, and we haven’t shown many shorts. Until now!
A short film is a bit like a short story – often much harder to pull off than a full length version that has time to develop and explain its characters and their motivation. With not much time, you’ve got to be really succinct to get your message across. Or you could just use the format in an experimental way that creates a fleeting glimpse of a situation or mood. Or to tell a joke – small but perfectly formed.
Anyway, we love shorts and wish they were shown more routinely in commercial cinemas (as they used to be, funded by a national tax levy from mainstream film industry profits, until Margaret Thatcher’s government put a stop to that in the mid 1980s) In the autumn we’re planning to start introducing our main features with a short film, to celebrate the format and some of our local creative talent.
If you’d like to see some of these little gems, we’ll be screening a programme of local shorts in a couple of weeks at Sharrow festival. From work by professional and student filmmakers to super 8 retro nuggets and films made on a phone, we can’t promise something for absolutely everyone but we can take you on a journey through many genres, from the tear-jerking to the funny to the experimental and back. And most of them only last a few minutes! Short but sweet! What’s not to love?