APR 26 | 7PM | THE FOX, PALMERS GREEN
PREMIERE OF TALKIES’ SHORT FILM COMMISSIONS
One location. Five films.
Join us for the finale of HERE Film Festival, where we present the PREMIERE of five newly commissioned short films.
Each year, Short Sighted Cinema collaborates with Talkies Community Cinema to commission five new films from talented young film makers. The commissions provide £500 towards the production of a short film based in and around Palmers Green in North London. All of the films explore suburban life, embracing locality while expressing individual artistry.
The films are all shot around Palmers Green and include tales of magic tricks, letters from inside, demented football, medical anxiety and hats on park railings.
The commissions, which will continue annually, are open to all filmmakers, of any style or experience. Previous commissions have gone on to win awards and screen at film festivals around the world, be featured on Vimeo and Short of the Week.
Writer/Director: Catherine Bray
Set in the North London suburbs Magic Trick is a dark drama about a mother and her children navigating a tragic incident.
Catherine has over ten years experience in the film industry as a journalist and producer. Magic Trick will be her directorial debut. Her writing debut in 2013 was The Other Plans, an all-female play which ran for one sold out week at the Colour House Theatre in Merton.
Production team: (From left to right) Douglas Cox, Kate Herron, Briony Redman
Smear is a satire exploring the unnecessary fear and embarrassment women have about smear tests. This film explores the issue in an original and funny way to open up a discussion about a current female problem.
Kate and Briony as a writing partnership are passionate about making comedy films with a focus on female-led stories, with Sky Comedy describing Kate as “A huge comedy voice in years to come” and Briony being shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Script in 2016. Douglas and Kate’s last collaboration, Healey’s House, just won Best UK Short at Raindance.
Writer/director Charlotte Regan
A documentary using real letters from young man in prison. Against a backdrop of normal life in the suburbs, he talks through his insecurities, what he misses the most, his desires for the future and his regrets about what has past.
Charlotte is a London-born filmmaker who started by creating rap videos for local artists when she was 15 and has gone on to create over 200 music promos. She recently took her first step into scripted content with short film Standby, which was shortlisted for the BAFTAs in 2017.
Team: Ben Steiner Writer / Director (pictured), Writer/actor Eli Silverman, Producer Dan Dixon
A documentary team follows Terry Lothian, sole employee of the secret government department in charge of ‘urban ambience’, as he administers single gloves on railings and misspelt abusive graffiti to the area around Palmers Green. While Terry bemoans the affects that austerity cutbacks are having on the department, his behaviour becomes increasingly unhinged.
Multi award winning writer/director, Ben’s latest short film, supernatural Noir, The Stomach, has been highly praised for its originality and deft combining of genres; and sees Ben honing the ‘kitchen sink horror’ style that’s been his trademark for over a decade.
Writer/directors Paul Holbrook (photo) & Sam Dawe…
A lonely septuagenarian struggles to conceal his ailing health from his doting wife, finding solace watching a local football team, his levels of fandom start to border on obsession.
Paul and Sam have experienced encouraging festival success with their body of work to date Their film writing reached the final stages of the BBC Writer’s Room scheme and they were selected for the Creative England Talent Module 2016.