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Film of the Week: Period Piece by James McLellan


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Period Piece by James McLellan (2014) (USA) (12m)

Written and directed by James McLellan, Period Piece sees a film director struggling to get her horribly schmaltzy climactic scene finished in a world overrun by zombies. Imagine The Walking Dead where they are trying to continue the film industry in an effort to bring some light relief to the survivors. Set on a ranch in the American midwest, Period Piece opens with what appears to be a terrible cliche. However, all is not what it seems...


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A(r)men by Thomas Lunde (2013) (Norway) (14m)

Directed by Thomas Lunde, A(R)MEN is a great dialogue-free comedy where an introspective man loses his arm in an industrial accident but finds it growing back. His exultation turns to trepidation when he discovers the miracle arm has a life of its own, but a directness that ladies find appealing. Arne finds himself on a date with a woman from his church choir. However, his arm is a heavy partier and the night takes an unexpected turn. Writing credits include Steinar Kaarstein, Thomas Lunde and Anders Olsen.


The Brink by Ben Jendras (2015) (USA) (7m)

The Brink won the People's Choice award in the 10th FILMSshort competition, proving its ability to capture the imagination. Directed by American filmmaker Ben Jendras, The Brink sees a man deserted in an endless wasteland. When he sees the sun glinting off a distant object, he sets off towards it but is blocked by another survivor, who assures him he cannot overcome the massive chasm in front separating them from rescue. But who is this second man, and why is our hero here anyway? All will be revealed.

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Autumn Leaves by Saman Hosseinpuor (2015) (Iran) (5m) *

Written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Saman Hosseinpuor, Autumn Leaves was voted Best Short Short (films under five minutes) in the 10th FILMSshort competition. It tells the story of a little girl who wants to stay at home and play with a fallen leaf but must go to school instead. We follow her as she makes her way through the streets until she arrives at school, where leaves are no longer a source of amusement.


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