All in the Valley (96.17)
Directed by Luke Hagan
Film Type – Narrative Fiction
Genre – History, Independent, Western
Official website – www.allinthevalleyfilm.com
Set in Cornwall in 1855 All in the Valley is a powerful story of desperation and redemption played out against a bleak and unforgiving landscape. The film follows Joseph Ballam, a Crimean war veteran who returns home with no money, no job and no prospects. When Mr. Lincoln, a wealthy mine owner, offers him the chance to emigrate to the colony of Van Diemen’s Land it seems his troubles may be at an end, but there is a catch. In exchange for a new life Ballam must go deep into the Cornish countryside to hunt down the Tallack brothers, a dangerous gang of thieves, and return the money they have stolen from Lincoln’s company. Ballam is accompanied by Kneebone, a gruff miner who claims to know where the gang are hiding. The bond between the pair grows as they track the men across the moor. However when they finally come face to face with the brutality of the Tallack brothers Ballam must confront the violence of his past and decide what he is willing to do in exchange for a new life.
Beautiful relics (17.40)
Directed by Adrian Hedgecock
Film Type – Narrative Fiction
Genre – Drama
Official Website – www.beautifulrelics.com
Anya’s Grandad has just died. Now she’s in London for the day with her grandmother Evie, tying up loose ends. But all Evie wants to do is track down the places of her youth. So Anya chases after Evie across the city. As she does so, and as her own memories and imagination come to life, she begins to see her grandmother in a completely new light.
Directed by Tom Kirkman
Film Type – Documentary
Genre – Art, Avant-garde, Biography, Film Noir, Independent
Process investigates the emotions involved in the art of creating. It is an index, a mirror and a portrait that through the exploration and metaphor of one man’s craft, exposes the process of its own production. The film subtly highlights and compares the arguable fragility of the craft of making within its contemporary landscape and that of the film onto which that craft has been photographically rendered, it explores the relationship between these two endangered mediums, the processes that relate to them, their materiality and the redundancy they may face due to the rise of new media, mass production and planned obsolescence. The film was shot entirly on expired 16mm Kodak WL 2210 surveillance film through a Bolex H16 and an Arri SR2 then hand processed, this was a conscious and unavoidable choice due to the subject of the portrait. The film is a documentary, a portrait of Ig Wilkinson, not a fictional representation.
Brest Doublek (9.20)
Two brass bands on summer solstice; filmed all by audience; piece of performance art with interesting camera angles. Director/Producer: Abigail Reynolds
Poignant tale of a lonely, retired sea captain. Ill health, ill treated by the staff. New staff member treats him with respect, the effects on Captain Taylor’s health are evident . Beautifully acted with effective dialogue. Written & Directed by Tom Verrall.
Dark comedy about the man – an ordinary situation (ordering a bacon sandwich) leads to an extraordinary conclusion. Written & Directed by Stefan Parker. Technically strong & worthy shortlister.
Routine Operation (11:36)
Zombie mockumentary about found footage following police routine operation in quiet devon woods in 1994. Written & Directed by Adam Stocker. Funny & frightening.
The Stomach (15:00)
Horror about a spirit medium whose attempts to escape the job for his own safety are interrupted by others – in this world and the next. Written & Directed by Ben Steiner. Original premise & with compelling storytelling.
Heaven is a Place (16:30)
An LGBT experimental dance film inspired by the writings of Jean Genet. Directed by Kayla Parker and written by Kayla Parker, Roberta Mock and Ruth Way, this film captures dance in a unique & interesting way.
Hello Sunshine (18:00)
When perfect wife Kate is left by her husband for someone younger, she embarks on a road trip with an anything but perfect friend to find answers. Directed by Dan Nathan, Produced by Andrew Clark, Written by Paul McNally, this is a well made drama.
Written and Directed by Orson Cornick, this is a gorgeous and well-produced fantasy film about a child who collects clocks with unwavering determination for reasons unknown to those around him.
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