After a recent venture to the brilliant new Hackney Picture house I headed up to the Attic for a new monthly film night, Let’s Keep It Short. The evening is hosted by actor Tom Geoffery who invites entrants to send in short films and music videos to be screened during the evening.
The opening nights bar was set very high with a varied array of films. Having a mixture means there is certainly something for everyone and you experience things you may not normally watch.
One of the stand out pieces for me was the extremely accomplished The Hive. Directed by Ed Lilly, it sets a dark atmospheric undertone, reminiscent of early Andrea Arnold or Shane Meadows and follows two brothers who go out to steal bee hives to supplement their impoverished existence. The suspense and tension Lilly manages to build throughout the 15 minute piece really puts the audience on the edge of their seat. Managing to fill a full story and rounded character backgrounds into such a short piece is testament to the script, shots and the talent of the actors who for me really stood out, particularly the lead, John Weaver as the rough but fragile Lewis
Another highlight from the night on a much lighter tone was the quirky Echo. Following the turbulent relationship between a young woman and her stuffed toy Dolphin, we see the pair in various date scenarios as blossoming young love until the wayward dolphins antics spiral to the ultimate betrayal and the young woman (portrayed by the comical genius of Lizzie Carter) exacting revenge.
A simple but hilarious concept all set to the soundtrack of Echo by Eskimo Joe.
With so much creative talent in London’s young filmmakers, actors and all the behind the camera crews it’s always a delight to see new opportunities for them to showcase their work. Let’s Keep It Short will be on the last Sunday of every month and I for will be in attendance eager to see the latest offerings. That’s all for now… Stevie.