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Victor Claramunt Channels the Feeling of Joy and Empowerment in Vibrant Dance Short ‘L’Amour’

Victor Claramunt reveals how he achieved the freeing buoyancy of the dynamic choreography in his vivacious dance short.

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A Formidable Woman Confronts Her Trauma in Mat Sheldon’s Visceral Monologue Short ‘The Electricity in Me’

Mat Sheldon talks to DN about manifesting his mother's personal diaries into a captivating emotive monologue film performed by Ellora Torchia.

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Michael Lazovsky’s Historical Holocaust Horror ‘Magdalena’ Acutely Captures the Difficulty of Letting Go of Trauma

With terrifying transitions, a foreboding tone and a Soviet-era atmosphere, Michael Lazovsky discusses collapsing past trauma and present reality.

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Kevin Luna’s Slow Cinema Short ‘Still Life’ Offers a Novel Undemanding Way of Film Watching

Featuring slow takes and a great use of space, Kevin Luna reveals why he wanted to create a purposely enigmatic short to watch while folding laundry.

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Reece Daniels’ Experimental Dance Thriller ‘BONGO’ Tells a Tale of False Connection in the Modern Age

Reece Daniels walks through the construction of the frenetic tension that underpins his cautionary tale about trusting too freely in contemporary society.

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Andrew Balasia Explores the Idiosyncratic Life of a Friend-For-Hire in Comedy Drama ‘Souvenirs’

Andrew Balasia unpacks the hazy colour palette of his humanistic comedy drama about a friend-for-hire who takes on his most involved assignment.

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An Idealised Romance Reveals Its Toxic Underbelly in Tomás Whitmore’s Psychological Thriller ‘Allie & I’

Tomás Whitmore unveils how he built up the mystery as to the real meaning and intention behind his seductive social media psychological thriller.

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A Romantic Camping Trip Descends Into a Psychological Nightmare in Jamie Wanstall’s Short ‘Still Waters Run Deep’

Jamie Wanstall breaks down the technicality behind the palpable tension and uneasiness in the cinematography of his folk horror short.

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An Unusual Love Triangle Blossoms in Nick Flügge’s Whimsical Mockumentary ‘The Last Bee on Earth’

Nick Flügge speaks to DN about using black & white, academy ratio and unintelligible dialogue to poke fun at the earnest eco-documentary format.

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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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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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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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