The occasional series returns. Your guide to the wonderful world of things that are not long, on this occasion, is Indy Datta.
This year’s BAFTA for best live action short went to James Griffiths’ surreal fantasy vignette Room 8, which was produced as part of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series – a competition which invites entrants to embellish a bare bones script and bring it to life, with a few shortlisted scripts being lavishly funded, and the finished films screened at the TriBeCa Film Festival. The 2nd batch of films will appear soon, and hopefully the competition will run again this year – keep an eye on the website.
Another BAFTA nominee was Island Queen,directed by Ben Mallaby, and written by and starring the comedian Nat Luurtsema. The film’s low budget shows in places, but it has a certain quirky charm.
A complete change of pace – of all the shorts I’ve seen over the last couple of years, Alek Wasilewski’s ferocious animated SF satire Lucky Day Forever is probably the one that’s stuck with me the most.
And one more? Why not? If you can turn a blind eye to some clunky sloane-kid acting, Ted Marcus’s The End has a surprise or two in store…
If you’ve seen any decent shorts recently, why not tell us in the comments.
*Ethics NB. I very slightly know a couple of the producers involved in Room 8 and The End.