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Category Archives: Sunday Short

Sunday Short: Real Gods Require Blood (2017)

There’s something thrilling about discovering a new voice or an undiscovered talent in short films, especially when it’s a homegrown, BFI-funded effort. Scripted by novelist Tom Benn and directed by Moin Hussain, Real Gods Require Blood is an interesting, deeply disturbing take on an old favourite: the Satanic Horror. Set in Manchester in 1990 (at the …

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Sunday Short: Unedited Footage of a Bear (2014)

I almost don’t want to say anything about today’s short, for revealing more than the first ten seconds of Ben O’Brien and Alan Resnick’s 2014 short Unedited Footage of a Bear is to spoil a genuine one-off. Made for Adult Swim’s Infomercials series (the same series that gave us the legendary Too Many Cooks!) and aired with no warning at …

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Sunday Short: Milk (1998)

So far, I’ve used this feature to highlight some of my favourite short films of all time, from eerie animations to poignant documentaries to bizarre one-offs. Today, I’d like to do something a bit different. The film I’ve selected as today’s Sunday Short is not one of my favourites, or even a film I particularly …

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Sunday Short: Outer Space (1999)

If there’s one genre that stands out among all others as being better in short does, it’s the experimental film. Avant-garde editing and filming techniques can be exhausting, but an experimental short can spend a few minutes showing you something you’ve never seen before. It can bend time and reality, change the rules of filmmaking, …

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Sunday Short: Cargo (2013)

Many great feature films have started out as shorts. Damien Chazelle gained funding to make the Oscar-winning Whiplash through his short of the same name. Jennifer Kent’s Monster would grow in length and turn into the film we now know as The Babadook. Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road, which I highlighted here a few weeks ago, was released as a feature earlier this …

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Sunday Short: Krista (2018)

Having highlighted well-known and popular short films so far with this feature, I’d now like to turn my attention to a future classic released just a few months ago. Premiering at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March 2018 (where it won a Special Jury Recognition prize), Danny Madden’s Krista is a powerful, provocative experience. …

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Sunday Short: The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011)

Warning: The following short film will seriously mess you up. In honour of the recent release of Ari Aster’s effectively-horrible debut feature Hereditary, I thought I’d use this week’s Sunday Short to highlight his most controversial short film, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons. Like Hereditary, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons is a grim, deeply disturbing look …

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Sunday Short: Lift (2001)

The best documentary filmmakers can make fascinating film out of anything. Errol Morris made a film about pet cemeteries in Gates of Heaven. A group of backing singers became the focus of an Academy Award-winning documentary in 20 Feet from Stardom. Sacha Gervasi went on tour with a forgotten thrash band and came back with one of the most …

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Sunday Short: The films of Jim Cummings

Rather than focus on just one short, today I’d like to look at one of the most prolific and original short filmmakers currently working: Jim Cummings. Known for character studies of crumbling people filmed in unbroken takes, Cummings has found success at festivals and online, attracting funding and reaching wider audiences since his first short …

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Sunday Short: 7:35 de la Mañana (2003)

If animations are responsible for the most innovative and unique short films, surely no short film is more intriguing and gripping than a good mystery. Some of the best short films I’ve ever seen establish a strange ritual, then slowly reveal its meaning. In such a short space of time, there’s no chance for the …

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