Short films

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True Stories: Spaces review – impressive short docs from folk horror to a Lebanese marvel
This short film collection from the True Story platform ranges across continents to look at how we interact with our environments

Phuong Le

08, Aug, 2021 @12:54 PM

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Rachel: John Early and Kate Berlant star in 11 tense minutes of millennial nightmare
Directed by Andrew DeYoung, the short film about a farewell party gone wrong is part cringe comedy, part psychological thriller – based on a true story

Michael Sun

25, Jul, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Circumstantial Pleasures review – watchable weirdness and Covid prophecy
From a jihadist assassination to the outskirts of Beijing, this suite of short films by artist Lewis Klahr are opaque and intriguing

Peter Bradshaw

21, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Homeward review – newborn lambs, Thalys babies and Kurdish folk songs
Mournful themes dominate in this varied collection of short documentaries, the most compelling of which follows those deported from Britain to Jamaica

Phil Hoad

17, Jun, 2021 @10:49 AM

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Unearthed 8mm shorts showcase the extraordinary talent of film-maker Bill Douglas
Inspired by Hitchcock and admired by Truffaut, the great Scottish director has been largely forgotten – but 20 dazzling unseen miniatures could reignite interest in his masterly work

Andy Kimpton-Nye

16, Jun, 2021 @8:08 AM

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The Very Short Film festival gives Australia’s young film-makers a chance to shine
Festival judge Marta Dusseldorp says the ‘intoxicating’ and ‘sophisticated’ work on show is another argument for supporting Australian storytelling

Luke Buckmaster

19, May, 2021 @5:33 AM

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The Human Voice review – Tilda Swinton on the verge in Almodóvar’s tale of despair
Swinton plays a woman abandoned by her lover in a short, affecting drama that echoes the uncertainties of lockdown

Peter Bradshaw

13, May, 2021 @10:00 AM

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In Short, Europe: Happy Together review – a union uplifted by humour
From sweet-talking translators to a symphony of shepherds’ calls, the common currency in this refreshing selection of short films from 19 European countries is amusement

Phil Hoad

04, May, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Guardian film Colette wins Oscar for best documentary short
Film about a former resistance fighter travelling to visit the concentration camp where her brother died wins prize at the 93rd Academy Awards

Andrew Pulver

26, Apr, 2021 @1:35 AM

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‘Film-making? Bring it on!’: ex-stockbroker Farah Nabulsi on her Oscar nomination
The British Palestinian is up for an Oscar with her debut, filmed at a notorious Israeli flashpoint called Checkpoint 300. The London-based director talks about her shocking visits to the Middle East

Cath Clarke

06, Apr, 2021 @4:33 PM

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The best new dance films to make your heart leap
A love letter to a lost performance, a flower-robot duet, a mythical creature at bay – there’s thrilling movement in store in the latest pick of online dance

Lyndsey Winship

22, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Erēmīta (Anthologies) review – lockdown experiments of varying accomplishment
Alexis Zabé’s mini-doc about a Venice Beach homeless community is the pick of this studiously serious grab-bag of shorts shot in lockdown

Cath Clarke

22, Feb, 2021 @2:00 PM

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