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Film of the Week:  The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs

The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs (2014) (UK) (7m)

The Bigger Picture won the BAFTA for Best Short Animation, and was nominated for an Academy Award and the Palm d'Or at Cannes (see Omnibus for the only film to have ever won all three awards). It uses a unique mix of 2D and 3D animation to tell the story of a son struggling to look after his elderly mother, while his more career-minded elder brother breezes in and out. Jacobs made it while studying at the National Film and Television School.


Best Man by Freddie Hall (2016) (UK) (4m)

BEST MAN HAS WON THE 12TH FILMSSHORT COMPETITION! It tells the story of the newly engaged Donald, who wants his good friend, Patrick, to be the best man at his wedding. The caveat is that, if Patrick is to be his best man, his first task is to get Donald out of the marriage, which, as well as being somewhat contradictory, leads Patrick to believe that Donald has in fact lost his mind. When the bride-to-be turns up, Patrick faces a problem.


Bus 44

Bus 44 by Dayyan Eng (2001) 15 Certificate(China) (11m)

Written and directed by Dayyan Eng, Bus 44 (Che si shi si, 车四十四 ) is one of my all time favourites. A nation of one billion souls should also appear in these pages. Bus 44 is one of those dramas that questions the human race. A bus travelling through rural China is boarded by robbers, who then turn their attention on the female driver. But who on the bus will put themselves at risk to help her? Bus 44 won an honourable mention at the Sundance Film Festival.


Rabbit and Dear by Peter Vacz (2013) (USA) (16m)

Rabbit and Dear (Nyuszi és Öz) was a big hit on the festival circuit. Made as his graduation film, it tells the story of Rabbit, a sensitive female, and Deer, a more pugnacious male, who live together in perfect 2D harmony until an argument breaks out and Deer glimpses the possibility of a third dimension. Deer quickly becomes obsessed with finding and entering a 3D world. However, his success puts his relationship with the 2D Rabbit under further strain. Can they find a way to make the new z axis work for them both?


Piper by Alan Barillaro (2016) (USA) (6m)

With the support of the entire Pixar team, Piper won the Best Short Animation Oscar in 2017. It is a sweet story about a young piper (bird) learning how to feed on the beach and, with the help of a young crab, discovering that there is a better way to pinpoint its food. The computer animation - which at times is indistinguishable from live action - is beautifully done and a faux documentary camera style gives it a sense of realism.


Soft by Simon Ellis (2007) (UK) (14m)

Simon Ellis won the International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2008 with his great short film, Soft. It is the gritty story of a son and father tormented by a gang of 'happy-slapping' youths, but with neither apparently being brave enough to fight back. Simon Ellis went on to make the feature film, Dogging: A Love Story, in 2009 but scored less success with this film.

Thirst For Fury by Wiebe van den Ende (2016) (Holland/Brazil) (6m)

Thirst For Fury (Sede de Furia) is a brilliantly simple black comedy. A woman, having returned home from a successful business trip, is eating a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, the boyfriend has a rather brutal confession to make regarding her sister. Worse, the woman has been witholding a dark truth too. Yet all is not as it seems in this unconventional relationship.


Wanderer by Mark O'Brien & Jake Wilkens (2015) (USA) (16m)

the short psychological thriller Wanderer sees a male traveller arrive at a secluded house at dusk. He is seeking shelter and the occupants, a couple his age, invite him in and offer him dinner. However, the woman seems uncomfortable with their dinner guest and there is an underlying sense that something is not quite right. Could it be that the nomadic serial killer who has been stalking the area has just walked into their house? Will they survive the night?

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