BFI Network South West Showcase (18) + After party
Wed 19 Apr 2023
Descriptive Subtitles (DS)
£5* / £3.50*
6.15pm | 70mins + Conversation
70 mins | UK
This film will play with Descriptive Subtitles.
This screening is an opportunity to enjoy some of the best short films made with the support of BFI NETWORK South West, with a few of the filmmakers in attendance.
Between 2018 and 2022 BFI NETWORK South West has supported the production of 33 short films and the development of 15 feature treatments, spanning multiple genres, from talented south west-based filmmakers with a variety of backgrounds. As the short film fund opens again this April, you’ll have the chance to hear more about what’s involved in making a film with BFI.
Join us for drinks and live music from Stone Club in the bar from 7:45pm.
Grace on a Saturday Night.
Dir. Jemima James, 14.21min (funded 2018)
It’s Saturday and 9-year-old Grace is spending the evening with her father, Joe, in the wake of her parents’ separation. Stranded in a leisure-time landscape of bowling alleys, retail parks and takeaways, they attempt to negotiate the changes in their relationship. Grace wrestles with the altered reality of family life–the confusion and loneliness it brings. Joe struggles to reconcile himself to an uncertain future, struggles with money, struggles with Grace.
The Thing That Ate the Birds
Dir. Sophie Mair, Dan Gitsham, 11:54min (funded 2018)
Head Gamekeeper Abel discovers the Thing that is eating his Grouse and brings the horror back home to his already crumbling relationship with his wife.
Dir. Marie Lechevallier, 8min (funded 2019)
Balanced carefully on a tightrope, Blue lives his life in fear of falling into the abyss below. When he meets Orange, a carefree spirit, he is tempted into a sensual dance that forces him to confront the wounds of his past and find his way back to embrace the euphoric energy of Orange.
Dir. Natalys Willcox, 15:06min (funded 2019)
Depressed and living in isolation, Demelza promises to leap from the cliffs of her Cornish village when her elderly dog Lucky dies. Can she find a reason to live before he snuffs it?
The Piss Witch
Dir. Jason Barker, 7:02min (funded 2021)
Fed up with the constant judgements of those around her, Clare finds power in rebellion.
Dir Yazmin Joy Vigus, 15min (funded 2021)
No money. No career. No relationship. 20-something screw ups Margo and Celeste have two choices: sink or swim. The former childhood best friends haven’t seen each other for eight years – the same time it’s taken for them to both screw up their lives.
IMAGE: Still from Mermaids (Dir Yazmin Joy Vigus)