Yardbird by Michael Spiccia (2012) (Australia) (13m)

Its title refers to the film's heroine, a young girl who lives on her father's scrapyard. It soon becomes clear that she has special telekintic and healing powers (using them causes a nosebleed - a somewhat overused trope). When she comes across a group of teenage boys torturing a cat (a shortcut that tells us these are bad people) she feels obliged to save it. Despite being aware of the girl's awesome powers, the boys come to the scrapyard to take their revenge.

Cigarettes & Coffee

Meathead by Sam Holst (2011) (New Zealand) (11m)

Meathead was nominated at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin. In teh short drama Meathead a school leaver has got a new job at the local abattoir, apparently through his father's connections (though I cannot imagine they are turning people away on a daily basis). As the new kid in this pretty bloody work place, our hero is to be subjected to some harsh words and a fairly innocuous initiation ceremony, which involves sweeping the floor while the rest of the staff repeatedly shout "meathead". How long will it take our hero to become one of the men?

18 Certificate The Feast of Stephen by James Franco (2009) (USA) (5m)

James Franco is best known as an actor, appearing in 127 Hours and Rise of the Planet of the Apes among many, many more, but he has also been trying his hand as writer and director for some time. He has thus made half a dozen short films, with Feast of Stephen winning a Teddy for Best Short Film at the 2010 Berlinale. The Teddy is awarded to the best gay or lesbian short film at the German festival.

Feast of Stephen

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