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Film London alumni enjoy a heatwave

Date posted: 20.06.2017

The temperatures are soaring this week, and even hotter are the swathe of recent festival screenings from Film London alumni. Find out what our filmmakers have been up to this summer.

Good things come in short packages

The Shortest Nights is an annual celebration of short film coordinated by Short Sighted Cinema, featuring new works from emerging British filmmakers. The programme this year featured several Film London-supported shorts.

Kicking off the one-day event, the Outlands strand included London Calling short The Distant Sea, adapted from ‘The Night Ocean’ by HP Lovecraft, and Marina and Adrienne, inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre’, which went through our Shakespeare’s Sister scheme last year. The Winging It strand included Alice Seabright’s London Calling comedy Pregnant Pause, while the Thou Shalt Not Kill strand included FLAMIN-supported artist’s animation Neck and Neck, part of our Still Shakespeare scheme last year, and London Calling short A Girl Goes for Dinner.

Also in the programme were two shorts, Honeymoon and Winging It, from Ruth Pickett, who went through our Microwave development program in 2014-15 as a writer on the film The Opposite of Everything.

Doc around the clock

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s largest documentary festival, showcasing the very best in UK and international documentary and non-fiction storytelling.

Screening at the festival this year were several Film-London supported filmmakers. Carol Salter's observational documentary Almost Heaven went through our Build Your Audience scheme in 2016, and follows 17-year-old Ying Ling, who is afraid of ghosts and not entirely sure that her current day job, training as a mortician, is the right thing to do.

Esther Johnson is currently on the FLAMIN New Approaches scheme; her film Asunder uses archive and contemporary footage to convey the story of the North East's involvement in WW1, from foreign fields to the region’s shipyards and factories.

London Calling short White Riot: London by Rubika Shah and Ed Gibbs also screened at the Festival, exploring punk rock’s role in challenging racism and immigration tensions in 1970s Britain.

Best of the rest

Coming up in July, Song of Granite, which went through Micro Market in 2015, is opening Galway Film Fleadh. The film also screened at SXSW earlier in the year, and is a biopic about the legendary Irish traditional singer Joe Heaney.

Sydney Film Festival saw screenings of White Riot: London in the shorts strand, along with God’s Own Country, which went through our Build Your Audience scheme and has previously appeared at Berlin, Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals, along with Film London’s film export event, London Screenings. Also appearing at London Screenings is My Pure Land, the first feature from London Calling filmmaker Sarmad Masud.

Palm Springs International Shortfest will include screenings of London Calling shorts Pregnant Pause and Switch, along with FLAMIN-supported animation Neck and Neck.

Meanwhile, Brahmdeo Ramana recently won the best actor award at Rob Knox Festival for role in LC film Suburban Dracula.

This is also the last chance to see Lady Macbeth, which went through our Build Your Audience scheme, on the big screen, before the film is released on DVD in August.

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