The Short Film Season

All screenings occur in the Building 12 Screening Room (Room 1014).  Screenings occur every Friday lunchtime during the Semester and start at approximately 12.40pm. All SPASA students are welcome. 


Chris Marker: La Jetee (1962) 28 mins.

It is with enormous pleasure that we kick off our short film season with Chris Marker's classic science fiction / post-apocalyptic / dystopic (phew) short La Jetee. It's enough to note that La Jetee is the film Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys is based on - 'nuff said. Enjoy.

Screening: Friday 6th March

Discuss La Jetee

David Lynch: Dumbland (2002) 35 mins.

David Lynch's anarchic, crass, upsetting and downright rude animations are, to this writer's eyes (and ears) simply glorious. Lynch draws (crudely), animates (roughly), and voices (poorly), generating 35 minutes of rough viewing, the visual equivalent of child's first attempts at swearing. Simply glorious. 

Screening: Friday 13th March

Discuss Dumbland

Nick Park: A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit (1989) 22 mins.

Still endearing after all this time, and with a charm that is enhanced by the fact that you can see the animators' thumbprints in the clay. A Grand Day Out is unique amongst science fiction films in that it's the only one to feature an anthropomorphic gas range with a penchant for skiing. 

Screening: Friday 20th March

Discuss A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit

Shari Roman & Sophie Fiennes: Lars from 1 - 10 (1999) 10 mins + Jorgen Leth's The Perfect Human (1967) 12 mins. 

Brief but insightful overview of Lars Von Trier's (and Thomas Vinterberg's) infamous Dogme rules and their 'Vow of Chastity'. Essential viewing for those interested in pushing their art just that little bit further. 

Leth's The Perfect Human examines European middle-class sensibilities with a scathing anthropological eye - and was later assaulted and revised by Von Trier in The Five Obstructions (screening later this year).  

Screening: Friday 27th March

The Brothers Quay: Street of Crocodiles (1986) 21 mins + The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984) 14 mins.

Terry Gilliam claims that this is one of the ten best animated films of all time. Who are we to disagree? The Brothers Quay demonstrate a darkly surreal eye and an achingly beautiful attention to detail. This is stop-motion cinema at its finest. 

Screening: Friday 3rd April

Lunch Time Short Film Season Finishes

Due to the difficulty of finding a suitable lunchtime slot that will permit the maximum number of people to attend (i.e.: stymied by the timetable) we've decided to postpone (not cancel outright) the short film screenings until a negotiated slot can be found. Thanks for attending, those of you who could make it.

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