Short but Sweet

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?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Vincent Duane Eddy Cochrane says:

    I heard of a really good film called ‘Passing Clouds’ made by Melanie Pearson. Other than that I would like to see ‘Seaward the Great Ships’ a 1961 Scottish short documentary film directed by Hilary Harris. Based on a treatment by John Grierson, this documentary about Glasgow’s seafaring tradition, directed by New Yorker Hilary Harris, won Scotland its first Oscar for best short film (live action) in 1961 so there America. However, as you have some Australians presenting a Theatre Production of the film (from a book) ‘Wake in Fright’ at the International Student Drama Festival in sunny Sheffield this year – you really should have a presentation of this film and sell sausages and cans of Aussie beer in the foyer (or Auntie Melanie’s back yard).

  2. Didn’t “Passing Clouds” star an unknown but stunningly talented Monty Clift lookalike young actor? Whatever became of him? Whatever became of that film? Hmmmm……

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