Live Action Category

A Cursed Weapon Paves the Road to Self-Actualisation in Stanley Sievers’ Oddball Comedy ‘Samurai Sword’

Live Action

20th September, 2021

We asked director Stanley Sievers to explain how he achieved the impressive throwback stylisation of his short slacker comedy 'Samurai Sword'.

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A Search for a New Dog Deepens into Profound Personal Exploration in Zillah Bowes’ ‘Staying’

Live Action

17th September, 2021

Zillah Bowes discusses working with non-professionals, creating panoramas & getting inside her character's head in Welsh countryside-set drama 'Staying'.

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Robin Summons Explores the Lasting Pernicious Effects of Domestic Abuse in Workplace Drama ‘Occupation’

Live Action, Premiere

15th September, 2021

Robin Summons details the in-depth domestic abuse research and technical camera work which empathically frame's the victim's perspective in 'Occupation'.

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Leo Mccarey Meets Tsai Ming-Liang in Bryce Richardson’s Debut New York Feature ‘I Want More, I Want Less’

Film Festival, Live Action

9th September, 2021

Bryce Richardson chats to DN about combining East and West in his debut drama feature, a film rooted in a spirit of collaboration and improvisation.

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Stanley Xu Smartly Blurs the Line Between Representation and Memory in Metafictional Drama ‘Reprise’

Live Action, Premiere

7th September, 2021

Stanley Xu discusses using metafiction to play with genre and representation in his portrayal of the different ways we can remember past relationships.

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Zhenia Kazankina Acutely Captures Life in a Liminal Space in Deadpan Border Hotel Drama ‘Rio’

Live Action, Premiere

3rd September, 2021

Zhenia Kazankina explains how deadpan framing and cast relationships formed in rehearsals allowed for an oddball take on the coming-of-age genre in 'Rio'.

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Eli Powers Shows Us the Unbearable Weight of Masculine Defensiveness in Cape Cod Drama ‘Fish’

Live Action, Premiere

2nd September, 2021

We talk to Eli Powers about using intimate handheld frames, moody guitar licks & layered performances to create an affecting portrait of grief in 'Fish'.

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Denzel Whitaker Spotlights the Toxic Collision of Modern Celebrity, Cancel Culture and Mental Health in ‘5150′

Live Action

24th August, 2021

We talk to Denzel Whitaker about delving into the power of modern celebrity in our culture and the complexities of race in America in short film '5150'.

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A Displaced Hawaiian Native Takes a Cryptic Job in Bradley Tangonan’s Mythic Drama ‘River of Small Gods’

Live Action

23rd August, 2021

Bradley Tangonan explains how he intertwined the stories of past and present to create a contemporary myth for his Hawaiian drama 'River of Small Gods'.

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Saul Abraham Deftly Tackles the Friction Between Masculine Stereotypes and Male Mental Health in ‘Enjoy’

Live Action

19th August, 2021

Saul Abraham talks us through the careful precautions he and his crew took to portraying male mental health on-screen for his tender drama 'Enjoy'.

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Eno Crafts an Ode to the Agony of Orphaned Creative Ideas in Referential Ad Satire ‘The Pitch’

Live Action

18th August, 2021

Eno shares how his own experiences working in treatments fuelled the satirical basis of his hilarious advertising call comedy short 'The Pitch'.

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Rodrigo Inada & NONO’s Experimental Short ‘Terra Cene’ Casts a Time Capsule as an Urgent Message of Awareness

Live Action

13th August, 2021

Rodrigo Inada and NONO discuss the aesthetic lure of shooting on location in Ukraine for 16mm short 'Terra Cene', a film about (how to stop) a countdown.

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