Watch Bafta Shorts 2016 On The Big Screen

By Stuart Black Last edited 32 months ago
Watch Bafta Shorts 2016 On The Big Screen

Shocking, strange, real and surreal: this year’s Bafta-nominated short films make up a vintage crop. And they’ll be on at cinemas in London, across the country and beyond, from the end of February.

We know the winners: Operator in the film category and Edmond in animation. The former stars Kate Dickie as a support officer on the end of a frantic 999 call who must help a woman and her son survive a house fire. It’s a tense, punchy piece that makes you realise just how much emotional strain our emergency services are under. Writer-director Caroline Bartleet wrings warm sweat out of the simple set-up, and even more impressively managed to make the film in just two days after raising the money for it on Kickstarter.

Edmond is a beautifully fuzzy stop-motion story that explores fear and frustration through the eyes of a man who can’t quite keep his head together. Nina Gantz’s topsy-turvy narrative charts the connections between his broken present and childhood trauma, all the way back to the womb as it tries to untangle Edmond’s quasi-cannibalistic tendencies. It’s disturbing and charming in equal measure.

Among the seven short films that will be touring, there are several excellent London-set entries. We’ve featured Billy Lumby’s tale of teen angst in the Jewish community Samuel-613 before — and it’s still terrific. Also recommended is Jörn Threlfall’s Over, a clever recreation of a refugee’s death in reverse set in Twickenham. Simon Cartwright’s Manoman starts with primal scream therapy and ends up with a death on the tube — it’s a mad, amusing, unsettling dissection of plasticine men-cum-hooligans.

The other two films are equally potent: Mining Poems or Odes shows how a love of words emerged from welding while Prologue finds brutal beauty in the pencil drawn forms of rival ancient warriorsn.

Altogether they add up to a night at the flicks to remember, much more so than a lot of the measly multiplex fare we sometimes have to sit through.

The tour kicks off on 26 February at the ICA with a special screening attended by some of the filmmakers. For details of other screenings click here.

Watch more great short films about the capital in our London Shorts section.

Last Updated 20 February 2016

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