Live Action Category

A Desperate Teen Risks the Dangers of an Improvised Abortion in April Nations’ Unbearably Brutal Drama ‘Gilt’

Live Action

9th June, 2021

April Nations explains why she chose not to shy away from the brutality of real life faced by many young women in her hard-hitting drama short 'Gilt'.

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Awkward Encounters Abound in Emma Seligman’s Short to Feature Comedy of Chaos ‘Shiva Baby’

Live Action

7th June, 2021

Emma Seligman describes the process of adapting her NYU thesis short into debut feature 'Shiva Baby', a comedic examination of colliding personas.

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Oliver Goodrum’s ‘Iniquity’ Asks if Salvation Can Ever Exist for Perpetrators of Unconscionable Acts

Live Action

4th June, 2021

Oliver Goodrum returns to discuss expanding the world of his viral, BAFTA shortlisted film 'This is Vanity' 7 years later with follow-up ‘Iniquity’.

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Meredith Hama-Brown Acutely Captures the Loss of Innocence in Pre-Adolescent Drama ‘Broken Bunny’

Live Action

3rd June, 2021

Meredith Hama-Brown talks about balancing naturalist performances with a heightened aesthetic for 'Broken Bunny's' unsettling mood of moral ambiguity.

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Luca Spreafico Explores the Narrative Soul of a Fashion Film Through an Intense Therapy Session in ‘Alex’

Live Action, Premiere

2nd June, 2021

Luca Spreafico explains his decision to incorporate dance in 'Alex' his experimental film which physically explores the lasting effects of childhood trauma.

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A Young Girl Unwittingly Discovers the Underbelly of Lagos in Akinola Davies Jr’s Sundance-Winning Drama ‘Lizard’

Live Action

1st June, 2021

Akinola Davies Jr reveals the challenges of shooting on-location in the intense Nigerian heat with 200 extras for his fantasy coming of age drama 'Lizard'.

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Robert Broadhurst Challenges Racial Stereotyping in Subversive Drama Short ‘An Occurrence at Arverne’

Live Action

31st May, 2021

Robert Broadhurst discusses provoking audiences to reflect on their reactions to his subversive drama short ‘An Occurrence at Arverne’.

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Andzej Gavriss’ ‘Eleusis’ Plunges Ukrainian Pop Star Ivan Dorn into a Weird and Wonderful Rehab Facility

Live Action

27th May, 2021

Andzej Gavriss details the meticulous storyboarding process which underpinned the creation of 'Eleusis' — a delicious, horror trip inspired by Greek myth.

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James Arden Delicately Portrays Female Resistance Within a Hyper-Misogynist World in ‘Leopard’

Live Action

26th May, 2021

James Arden walks DN through his use of careful framing and a 4:3 aspect ratio to create the claustrophobic atmosphere of his debut drama short 'Leopard'.

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Jerry Hoffmann Points Toward a More Inclusive Sci-Fi Future in German Android Short ‘I AM’

Live Action

25th May, 2021

Jerry Hoffmann talks to DN about putting Black woman front and centre of a science fiction story and creating uncanny robotic mannerisms in 'I AM'

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A Lovesick Patient Enters Emotional Rehab in Elina Sahlin’s Surreal Drama ‘Department of Detachment’

Live Action

20th May, 2021

Writer/Director Elina Sahlin discusses the Bergman-esque tone and dialogue she sought to evoke in her surreal love rehab drama 'Department of Detachment'.

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Jacob Halpren Effortlessly Balances Humour With Sadness in Beautifully Elusive Dramedy ‘Claire at Seven Months’

Live Action, Premiere

19th May, 2021

Jacob Halpren talks to DN about finding tonal balance, avoiding pregnancy film cliches and expanding his directorial scope in 'Claire at Seven Months'.

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