Stephen Mangan in L'Assenza
Stephen Mangan in L'Assenza

Shorts selected for 57th BFI London Film Festival


30 October 2013

Lighthouse is thrilled to announce that six films from the BFI shorts scheme will feature in the 57th BFI London Film Festival programme

Following the recent announcement of the 57th BFI London Film Festival line-up, we are very pleased to announce that Sea View, L’Assenza, Keeping Up with the Joneses, To Leech, Orbit Ever After and Sidney, all produced through the BFI Shorts scheme, have been selected as part of the festival programme.

The BFI London Film Festival is a major event on the global film festival circuit, so it goes without saying that we’re delighted for the filmmakers that their films have made it into the official selection.

The selected projects are as follows:

Sea View
Sea View was shot in Southend-on-Sea last November, and is a contemporary portrait of a teenage girl, played powerfully by Eloise Smyth, involved in an affair with an older man. The film, also starring Ciaran Griffiths (Shameless), was written and directed by Jane Linfoot, and produced by Anna Duffield.

L’Assenza
Written and directed by film critic Jonathan Romney, L’Assenza was beautifully shot in impressive locations in London and Paris. Starring Stephen Mangan, Amanda Ryan, Michael Higgs and Susanna Cappellaro, it’s the story of a man who becomes obsessed after seeing his own double in an Italian film from the 1960s. Carey Born is producer.

Keeping Up with the Joneses
BAFTA-nominated Michael Pearce directed this story of an MP’s wife, who discovers the dark-side of her husband when she’s taken hostage by his criminal business associates. Featuring strong performances from Maxine Peake, Geoff Bell and Adeel Aktar, the film was written by Selina Lim, and produced by Megan Stuart Wallace.

To Leech
Writer/director Stephen Leslie was previously one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow.’ His black comedy is about two men who choose to settle their differences in an unconventional way: pistols at dawn. Seb Loden was producer, and the cast includes Jason Watkins, Alex Macqueen, Julian Rhind Tutt and Raquel Cassidy.

Orbit Ever After
Following a Student Academy Award Nomination for his NFTS graduation film, Jamie Stone‘s BFI Short is a sci-fi romance set aboard a beautifully constructed spaceship, built at 3 Mills Studio by Production Designer Abigail Joshi, Art Director Bonnie Paddle and their highly-skilled team. Mackenzie Crook, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bronagh Gallagher and Bob Goody star in this story of two lovers’ desire for a perfect moment together. The film was produced by Chee-Lan Chan and Len Rowles.

Sidney
Sidney is writer/director Karan Kandhari’s third film in a A United Howl, his trilogy about outsiders and misfits. Rebecca Wolff produced this melancholy comedy about a builder reduced to carrying out maintenance work in a hostel for backpackers. Starring French actor Didier Flamand, the rest of the cast includes Abi Hardingham, Hazel Bawden and Simon Godley.

The London Film Festival programme is now online and you can find out when and where they are screening by using the search function at the top of the page.


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