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Film of the Week: Still Standing

Still Standing by Ollie Blake (2018) (UK) (2m)

Still Standing is a short short and slightly experimental film delving into the pysche of a man who is determined to win no matter what the obstacles and the personal cost. In this non-narrative short film starring Warren Sollars a series of well-crafted visuals presents us with a boxer preparing for a fight while a voiceover informs us of the mental fortitude needed to overcome his opponent. It is a glimpse into the spirit of courage and bravery.

Duel at Blood Creek

The Boho's Lament by Dustin Cohen (2018) (USA) (7m)

The Boho's Lament is a poetic film bemoaning the loss of the Bohemian subculture from New York's East Village. Bohemians are those who live unconventional lifestyles - usually in the company of others - while in musical, artistic or literary pursuits. Phillip Giambri is one such Boho and, after hearing him perform his poem of the same name, Dustin asked the long-serving Bohemian if they could collaborate to bring the poem to life.


Good Bones by Anais La Rocca (2018) (USA) (4m)

Based on the poem by American poet Maggie Smith that went viral in 2016, Good Bones was made by fellow American Anais La Rocca. Inspired by the recurring line "though I keep this from my children", La Rocca imagines a pregnant mother trying to shield her young daughter from the truth about the world. Apparently, "good bones" is a phrase American estate agents (realtors) use to disguise the truth of a "shithole". The metaphor is thus applied to the Earth...


Breathe by James Doherty (2015) (Ireland/UK) (14m)

A short film drama, Breathe tells the story of Patrick and Francie, a father and son in the Irish traveller community. Patrick wants his boy to be a hard, bare-knuckle boxer like him but Francie is not a macho type. Indeed, he is quite the opposite and Patrick is determined to mould him in his own image. Francie's mother wants to protect her son and loves him no matter what his sexuality but can Patrick learn to love his son the same way?


A Little Grey by Simon Hewitt & Steve Smith (2016) (UK) (5m)

A Little Grey had played at numerous international film festivals before being entered into the FILMSshort Film Festival. It is a beautifully made animation that asks a simple question: is there any cure for being a little grey? One man’s search takes him through bars, churches, doctor’s surgeries, tattoo parlours and beyond, but will he find what he’s looking for? It is a colourful story about losing your spark and finding redemption.


Dead Bird

Letters by Anthony Hett (2014) (UK) (9m)

A finalist in the competition, Letters is a poignant tale of friendship between a young postman and a lonely old man, although we never actually meet the latter. It is a subtle story that explores the relationship between the younger and older generations in modern Britain, as well as taking an intimate look at how lonely it can be living alone in a big city like London. It played at various short film festivals before being submitted to the FILMSshort Online Festival.

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