You can forget your F Scott and stuff the Salinger because all the drama this October is happening at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival!
There’s a wealth of top notch UK & International drama screening this year and we’re giving you a once only chance to immerse yourself in some of this year’s best short dramas. From short story adaptations to drama based on true stories, there’s no shortage of excellent examples of film-makers creating a drama out of a crisis this year!
Screen Australia funded drama and winner of the Sydney Film Festival Short Screenplay Award BLUEY by Australian director Darlene Johnson, is a searing drama that gets inside the head of Bluey, an angry young woman trapped in a life of violence who meets a mystery mentor who could change everything.
We’re proud to also screen BREAK by Nicholas Moss, in which an elderly couple befriend a young family following a shaky encounter. Genuine characterisation and some excellent dialogue as well as a strong and well-crafted storyline bring an austerity-era drama to life, featuring numerous strong performances not least from John Hurt.
Northern Ireland Screen funded drama, BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM is an ambitious drama set in 1970s Belfast, confidently directed and never less than engaging and at times very funny, with some brilliant performances from a very young cast. Academy Award nominated last year, Boogaloo and Graham follows 2 young boys, Jamesy and Malachy who are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock..
MARY MOTHER by Sadam Wahidi, is as brave and bold a piece of film-making as we have ever screened. A drama with strong elements of humour, Mary along with her two daughters live in a remote village of Afghanistan, the only son and young man of her family is serving for military in Kunduz province. One day she hears the news of fall of Kunduz province to the Taliban on radi and she decides to start her own journey to Kunduz to find her son.
Shot in Afghanistan with a local cast and crew, the film-makers have omitted their surnames on the credits.
Pleased to also bring THE MOTHER by Paolo Monico another in a series of US-made dramas we are screening this year, When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband’s death.
THE MOTHER, starring Mary Testa, Boris McGiver, Michele Hicks and Sylvia Kauders has already won multiple awards, including Best Drama at NY Shorts Fest, Best Narrative Short at the California International Shorts Festival, Best Short Film, Best Direction and Best Short Screenplay at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, a Gold Remi at the Houston WorldFest and a finalist at the USA Film Festival.
Mention also for PANIC by James Cookson, BFI funded drama from Ffilm Cymru Wales and starring Tom Rhys Harries (Hunky Dory/Jekyll & Hyde) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Panic is an intense and suspense-laden drama with some excellent central performances. Dylan, a young man living on an isolated farm in rural Wales, is haunted by terrible nightmares. Shady deals with local drug dealers and a fractious relationship with his own father do nothing to dispel the mounting sense of dread..
Previously screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival, TODAY THEY TOOK MY SON by Pierre Dawalibi, is a powerful, searing docu-drama based on real life stories, following a mother coping with her young son being detained, interrogated and imprisoned by a military system. The cruel and inhumane treatment that she knows he is experiencing and her helplessness to be able to prevent it is more than any mother can bear.
Another multi-award winning drama, WINTER HYMNS by Dusty Mancinelli from Canada won 1st prize at the Reykjavik International Film Festival as well as Best Short at the Canadian Film Festival and is Oscar Qualifying by virtue of winning the Grand Jury Award at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival.
Ten-year-old Joshua’s dull afternoon is shattered when his volatile older brother shepherds him through the countryside in search of adventure.
We’re also very pleased to host the UK & European premiere of THE SESSION by Morgane Becceril which won 1st prize at the Montreal World Film Festival and has also screened at the HollyShorts Film Festival, with some great performances from the two leads, The Session combines intense David Mamet-style psycho-drama and romantic comedy!
In the underground recesses of an S&M dungeon we join Daphne – a beautiful dominatrix. Her client obediently waits wearing only a gas mask and underwear. Entering the room with grace and power, Daphne seems ready to emobdy the dominant sexuality her submissive client might need. But is she ready? What follows is a give and take journey into the relationships between dominatrix and submissive, teacher and student, patient and healer..
Life is short so it’s just as well our films are too!