I'm Here

I'm Here by Spike Jonze (2010) (USA) (30m)

Written and directed by Spike Jonze, I'm Here is a long short film reminiscent of the video promo he made for Daft Punk's classic Da Funk. Instead of personified dogs, in I'm Here we have robots living among us; a kind of social underclass who aren't allowed to drive cars and can't dream. One of these robots, played by Andrew Garfield, falls for a kooky female robot who defies the rules but has a habit of losing bits of her hardware.

Luxo Jr

Luxo Jr. by John Lasseter (1986) (US) (2m) *

Luxo Jr. was the first computer animation from John Lasseter, the man behind Pixar (Toy Story, Wall-E). It introduced the world to computer animation and Luxo Jr is still used as Pixar's production logo. Luxo Jr. tells the story of an anglepoise lamp teaching his son (the eponymous Luxo Jr.) to play with a ball - the light and the ball being used to showcase computer animation capabilities. It had to be pretty short because of the time it took to produce!

True by Tom Tykwer (2004) (France/Germany) (7m)

True, written and directed by Tom Tykwer (best known for the manic Run Lola Run), and starring Natalie Portman, was commissioned as one of the segments for Paris, Je T'Aime - a collection of short films financed by the French capital in order to promote the city. It is one of the few that stands on its own. Portman plays a young actress studying at the Conservatoire, who falls for a blind Frenchman. The film starts with what is apparently her break-up telephone call.


Day of the Fight

Day Of The Fight by Stanley Kubrick (1951) (US) (12m)

The Oscar-winning American born Kubrick is best known for his varied fiction feature films (The Shining, 2001, Full Metal Jacket) but he started out with two short docs, including Day Of The Fight, which displays much of the mastery he would use during his later career. It is perhaps most reminiscent of his hard-boiled, 1956 feature film, The Killing, which is itself a classic and a film that would help mould directors such as Quentin Tarantino.

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