A still from Three Brothers by Aleem Khan
A still from Three Brothers by Aleem Khan


25 OCTOBER 2016


In partnership with Film Forum, Lighthouse presents GUIDING LIGHTS: LIFE ON SCREEN, a screening of short films that depict stories and characters less often seen on the big screen, made by or curated by Guiding Lights participants.

A still from Sparkle by Matthew Hellett
A still from Sparkle by Matthew Hellett

With diversity and representation high on the agenda across different continents, creative sectors and social spheres, this is an opportunity to see award-winning films which reflect and celebrate the colourfulness and diversity of life.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with some of the filmmakers, who will explore the issues raised in the films, as well as the broader considerations surrounding on-screen representation. The discussion will be chaired by Jemma Desai, Film Programme Manager at the British Council, where she looks after their activity with short filmmakers and their global touring initiatives. Jemma also programmes for BFI London Film Festival.

We are delighted to welcome the following guest speakers:

Aleem Khan
Aleem is a writer-director of mixed English/Pakistani heritage, whose shorts have screened internationally and won many industry accolades. His latest short Three Brothers (included in the screening programme) was nominated for a BAFTA in 2015.

Becky Bruzas
Becky is a passionate advocate for learning disability film. As well as being on the Board of Trustees at Carousel, an organisation that supports learning disabled artists and filmmakers, she has also been a member of the Oska Bright Film Festival production team since 2012.

Matthew Hellett
Matthew is a filmmaker and performer, and has been a member of the Oska Bright Film Festival production team since 2006, supporting their work in learning disability film exhibition. His alter-ego, the drag character Mrs Sparkle, is featured on film (included in the programme) as part of Carousel’s Creatures of the Revolution – a music and digital media performance touring in 2016-2017.

Kate Dolan
Kate was recently included in the British Council’s fiveFilms4freedom 2016 Global List – 33 inspiring people from around the world promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights every day. Her short film Little Doll (included in the programme) premiered as part of Generation Kplus at Berlinale 2016 and has been selected for several other International festivals.



Three Brothers – 16min
Inspired by true events, Three Brothers is a short personal story that follows fifteen year old Hamid as he struggles to care for his younger brothers after their father abandons them and returns to his native Pakistan. The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Short Film in 2015.
Writer/Director: Aleem Khan
Producer: Matthieu de Braconier & Stephanie Paeplow
Cast: Zain Muhammad Zafar, Yousuf Hussain, Muhammad Mujahid-Ali Shahzad

Sparkle – 3min
Made through Carousel by Matthew Hellett, this short documentary charts his transformation into glamorous alternative persona, the drag queen Mrs. Sparkle. The film won short Best Documentary at the ‘Picture This Film Festival’ in Canada.
Director: Simon Wilkinson
Writer: Matthew Hellett
Cast: Matthew Hellett

Lost and Sound (short extract from feature documentary) – 10min
Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the world sounds utterly different and music is suddenly unrecognisable. All the songs you loved and all the songs you’ve yet to discover are suddenly out of reach.
Director: Lindsey Dryden
Producer: Kat Mansoor, Lindsey Dryden

Little Doll – 12min
Little Doll depicts the confusion and uncertainty of developing a same-sex first crush, while also trying to gain the acceptance of your peers. The film premiered at Berlinale 2016.
Writer/Director: Kate Dolan
Producer: Claire Nolan

samuel-613 – 15min
The story of Shmilu, a Hasidic Jew in crisis, torn between his community and the romantic possibilities of trendy East London. The first fictional film made with the UK’s Hasidic population, including non-professional actors and Yiddish dialogue. The film was nominated for a BAFTA Best British Short Film in 2016.
Writer/Director: Billy Lumby
Producer: Cheyenne Conway
Cast: Theo Barklem-Biggs, Samuel Leibowitz, Letty Butler

Love is Blind – 6min
When Alice’s husband James returns home early to try and make amends for his recent infidelity and inattention for their marriage, she finds herself in the midst of an emotional minefield. Official Selection Cannes 2015 – Shorts Competition.
Writer/Director: Dan Hodgson
Producer: Lizzie Brown
Cast: Will Best, Sophie Allen, Ace Mahbaz

The Sea Reminds Me – 11min
The landscape of coastal Wales is central to this evocative and elegantly paced dance-film about memory and loss.
Director: Ray Jacobs and Jonathan Tritton
Cast: Mervyn Bradley

Date: Tuesday 25 October 2016
Times: 7pm–9pm; doors and bar open 6.30pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Tickets: £5 / £3.50 concessions (full-time students or anyone in receipt of an income-based benefit, please bring ID/proof with you)
Booking: guidinglightsfilmforum.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any access needs, please contact the Lighthouse team to discuss your requirements.

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