LSFF: Youth Decades
Having scoped the programme at London Short Film Festival, this documentary double-bill is the thing we're probably most excited by. 'Youth in Decades' is a selection of documentaries that span the decades, examining the dreams and aspirations of each generation of the young'uns who have gone before us. The first session (1pm-3pm) focuses on the 50s, 60s and 70s; the second session (3pm-5pm) takes a look at the 80s, 90s and 00s including Grinding by Simon Wheatley, which documents the rising grime scene. Should be an interesting way to watch the evolution of youth culture and an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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London Short Film Festival
Back for its 14th season, the London Short Film festival proves that great things do come in small packages. From January 6-15, the best of the emerging short film scene is coming to ICA, Hackney Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central, and Hackney Attic. The New Shorts programme features 40-odd films, covering experimental, international, and documentary categories. To boot, the programme includes special events which will cover all facets of subculture; from how riot grrrl grabbed the music industry by its balls and took hold of the creative arts industry with a new wave of feminism in art, to the grime scene, to David Bowie, to black rock.
LSFF: Outside the Box
London Short Film Festival is in town once again and this evening looks like a particularly intriguing session: a showcase of the out-there and extreme in short film, where any rules and conventions you had about film should be left at the door. There will be a load of films on show varying from 2 minute shorts to 15 minute pictures, and they will include subject matters as diverse as the horror of consumerism to a lost monarch on the M25 to the whereabouts of the Fresh Prince’s Uncle Phil.
Listen to Me Marlon
This documentary presents an intriguing, revealing and emotionally complex portrait of the enigma that was Marlon Brando. There are no interviews or talking heads but the man himself inadvertently narrating with audio recordings alongside film clips and clips from his personal archive. Labelled by The Guardian as being an 'unrivalled insight into what made the actor tick' it should make for fascinating viewing.
Curt McDowell Programme
One of this year's juicier lineups for the BFI film fest is a steamy double feature programme of short films by prolific gay artist Curt McDowell, of Thundercrack! fame. Expect a healthy dose of sex, tackling conventional Hollywood tropes, screwball comedy, more sex, deviancy, references to the AIDS crisis, and a little more sex more good measure. Seperated into two programmes, you can choose between the "Stinky Wieners and Dreamy Beavers" ensemble at 18:15, or the "Peeing into the Wind" lineup at 20:45. Or, why not make it a double feature?