Shorts: Dig Me Out

Nine tales of characters stuck in a tight spot. These tricky situations feature a reluctant guest, an incomprehensible environment, troubling neighbours, a woman confronting her past, loss of hearing, a suspicious receptacle, future dystopia, a vegan feminist horror scenario and extreme vehicular irritation. What would you do in our protagonists’ place?

The Box
UK | Deva Palmier | 16 min

Tunnel Another Way
Ireland | Jon Kiel | 7 min

Listen To Me
UK | Rob Ayling | 10 min

USA | Lauren Smitelli | 14 min

Any Other Sense
UK | James Tyler | 12 min

UK | Sarah Kempton | 5 min

Better Than Tomorrow
UK | Eui Jeong Hong | 14 min

The Herd
UK | Melanie Light | 20 min

The Fly
UK | Olly Williams | 6 min

Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Divide, The

Inspired by best-selling book The Spirit Level, Katharine Round’s film highlights the widening gulf between rich and poor. Exploring the reasons behind the ever-increasing wealth gap, its impact, and how inequality might even spell trouble for the rich, The Divide is a timely and prescient piece of globetrotting documentary cinema; both a think piece and a powerful warning.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

This Is Not Happening

Chris has been travelling for five years, running away from the death of his parents. Returning to the UK and moving in with his brother in Hastings, he finds himself struggling to reintegrate into normal life. His own reticence is matched by that of his brother and his sister-in-law, both of whom are failing to face up to their problems in their own ways. Billed as a “middle-class drama about decidedly middle-class problems”, This Is Not
Happening is a taut triple-hander of lost souls coming to terms with what’s missing, all leading to a dramatic denouement. It was helmed by first-time director and Mind the Gap alumnus Ewan Thomas.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Aspie Seeks Love + Confidential Informant

Julie Sokolow’s first documentary feature tells the story of a fearless outsider who has been searching for love longer than many of us have been alive.
David Matthews was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at 41. For the past 20 years he has been sticking his own homemade personal ads to telephone poles, in search of The One. Cinequest

USA | Director: Stephen Kinigopoulos | Writer: George Pelecanos | 20 min

On the gritty side of Washington, D.C., a young man risks everything in a desperate attempt to earn the love of his father. An impressively taut piece of short filmmaking, written by the legendary American crime writer George Pelecanos.



Screening supported by Cinequest. Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Diary of a Teenage Girl, The

Blending live action with animation, writer-director Marielle Heller’s striking adaptation ofPhoebe Gloeckner’s lauded graphic novel is a nuanced tale of burgeoning sexuality and boundary testing. Set in countercultural San Francisco, this witty, intelligent feature debut was one of the breakout hits from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here.

Amy + Asif Kapadia Q&A

The story of the tragically departed five-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse, Asif Kapadia’s follow up to Senna is another tense, whirlwind tale of a superstar’s rise and fall. Working exclusively with archive footage, narrated via new interviews with those that knew her best, it is a brutally open and honest film channelling the lifeblood of a rare, authentic talent. We’re also shown the addiction and media intrusion that would feed into one another, resulting in a heartbreaking public unravelling, and an even more heartbreaking demise.

Followed by a Q&A with Asif Kapadia. Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.