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Live Action

Sean Lionadh’s ‘Too Rough’ Acutely Captures Queer Lives on the Edge of Domestic Collapse

Sean Lionadh reveals how he marshalled intimate camerawork, layered colour schemes and sensitive performances to create his gripping drama short.

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Live Action, Premiere

The Ethics of Great Art Are Challenged in Lisa Clarkson’s Philosophical and Seductive Drama Featurette ‘Muse’

Lisa Clarkson breaks down the photographic aesthetic of her 16mm NFTS drama, about a talented art student and his teacher's questionable methods.

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Live Action, Premiere

Harry Windsor’s ‘The Most Wonderful Day of the Year’ Explores What Happens When Dissatisfaction Turns Into Action

Harry Windsor discusses making the leap from film journalist to director with his nuanced drama about a young mother hitting the reset button on her life.

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Live Action, Premiere

A Pair of Arctic Explorers Resort to Desperate Measures in Ben Pearce’s Perilous Comedy ‘A Few Miles South’

Ben Pearce unpacks the process of crafting a dialogue free comedy narrative about two arctic explorers through production design, performance and editing.

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Live Action, Premiere

An Inquisitive Retiree Surprises Her Neighbours in Caroline Steinbeis’ Comedy Drama ‘From A Strange Land’

Caroline Steinbeis breaks down the technical lessons she learnt in her transition from theatre to film for her debut short film.

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Live Action

Alec Moeller’s Dark Comedy ‘Empath’ Explores the Tricky Relationship Between Identity and Social Acceptance

Alec Moeller discusses the creation of his darkly comic story of a woman with hyper-empathy syndrome who finds a group that claims to treat her disorder.

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Live Action, Premiere

Samantha Scaffidi’s Drama Short ‘The Things We Left Unsaid’ Sees a Writer Fight for Her Emotional Freedom

Samantha Scaffidi walks DN through the decision of capturing her actors in an intense close-up for her revealing short drama.

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Live Action

Ray Smiling’s ‘Play This At My Funeral’ Extols Our Intimate Connections to the Songs in Our Lives

Ray Smiling describes co-opting the mixtape format to capture the symbiotic link between music and memory for his idiosyncratic series of vignettes.

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Live Action

Katie Colosimo’s Comedy Short ‘Something You’ve Never Told Me’ Captures the Absurdity of Pettiness Between Friends

Katie Colosimo speaks to DN about mining the ridiculous petty nature of humans and the unsaid grievances of relationships for her wry comedy short.

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Live Action, Premiere

Nicole Rixon & Ryan Goodman’s ‘Portrayed’ Captures the Relentless Scrutiny Placed on Women in Politics

Nicole Rixon & Ryan Goodman talk about marrying shooting medium with concept for their uncomfortable one-shot drama about skewed gender dynamics.

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Live Action

Vira-Lata & Youth Express the Vibrancy of Mexican Culture in Their Co-Directed Branded Short ‘Nuestras Manos’

Vira-Lata tell DN how they collaborated with Youth to capture the colourful authenticity of Mexico's cultural heritage for their short film.

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Live Action, Premiere

Ramiel Petros’ Touching Student Oscar/BAFTA Drama ‘Aziz’ Takes Three Friends On a Devastating Desert Road Trip

Ramiel Petros details bringing 1980s Iraqi history vividly to life in his mournful, based on a true story short about friendship, war and grief.

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