Showroom Shorts


From the archive

This event last happened on 19 September 2017

Showroom Shorts is back after a summer break with all kinds of goodies for you this month, featuring eleven short films! We are proud to include Kelly Holmes’ multi-award-winning ‘Family Portrait’, fantastic Alec Birkbeck’s comedy-horror ‘Return of the Hat’ featuring SYFN member Daz Kaye, Gareth Shoulder’s ‘Virgin Money Award’ winner ‘A Medium at Large’ from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017, and some cool animations, an ultra-cool game trailer and even a couple of short trailers featuring period-costumed actors…some of whom I hear may be in attendance on the night!

And don’t forget: Showroom Shorts is free to attend! Many of the filmmakers will be there on the night to introduce their films and for you to meet and network with! Plus, we’ll be raffling off an interesting prize or two on the night as well, including two tickets to a Showroom Cinema film of your choice! 

See the full programme below!

Family Portrait – Dir. Kelly Holmes – 15.00

Margaret must convince her daughter Louise to take responsibility for the family after the death of her father, whilst the family endures the ritual of a family portrait.

A Medium at Large – Dir. Gareth Shoulder – 19.54 
Can psychics really contact the dead or is it all just bullshit? Winner of the Virgin Money Short Doc Award at Sheffield Doc Fest, A Medium at Large explores the bizarre world of psychic mediumship through the eyes of skeptical magician and filmmaker Gareth Shoulder. The film has been described as “a wonderful example of brave investigatory documentary making. Eye-opening, bold and confident”.

Return of the Hat – Dir. Alec Birkbeck, 2017 – 10.29
A hat and scarf spend their nights watching the 80’s VHS tapes that have accumulated in the charity shop, over the years. But when someone buys the hat, it must do what is necessary to return to the shop.

Welcome to Hanwell: Game Trailer – Dir. Nathan Seedhouse, 2017 – 2.30 
Welcome to Hanwell, a place where your worst nightmares have become an everyday part of life. An open world with over a hundred locations to explore. Inhabited by monsters (Anomalies) for over a decade, people have grown to accept them and deal with them on a daily basis. Release: October 20, 2017

Influent – Dir. Jonathan Harris – 3.57 
Inspired from medical equipment seen on hospital visits, the variety of biological processes which can be achieved by machine. I was thinking of these extensive artificial procedures we sometimes encounter at the end of life and offset these with scenes of natures end – winter. The music was writing to accompany.

Worse and Worse – Dir. Jonathan Harris – 2.57 
This video was influenced by finding my son building his blocks. With just a rectangle and triangle he’d built the most perfect elegant sailing boats, simplified to the core essential shapes. We have an instinct to build from childhood, to invent new things or improve our lot. We’ve done this and it benefits us, just us , our improvements are at what cost?


Lamp with Eyes (LWE) Episodes 1+2 – Dir Jonathan Parkin & Paris Stalker – 5.37

Lamp With Eyes Episode 1: The Thing About LWE  – A short 2D animation where we find out all about LWE the Lamp. LWE Episode 2: LWE and KSLAM’s Big Night In – Part 2 of the LWE series, LWE and his pal KSLAM spend a night in. 

Justice Room – Dir. Phil Cheshire – 5.57
In the near future, when disinformation, distrust and outright lies continue to abound, a small resistance group sets up a live video feed to out the corruption and amoral behaviour of our trusted politicians – Welcome to Justice Room.

The Prototype – Dir. Bob Jordan, 2017 – 2.57
A thief is sent to steal a prototype without actually knowing what it is or what it does. Things quickly escalate when he accidentally turns it on

Remember, Remember: Grace and Mercy – Trailer. Dir Mark Hindman-Smith, 2017 – 2.27
Trailer for the forthcoming feature film “Remember Remember : Grace and Mercy” (part 1 of a trilogy) from RavenWolf Cinematic Combat and Obverse Films, planned for a November 2018 release. Guy Fawkes is a character we all know from his involvement with the plot to blow up parliament in 1605. This film presents a fictional account of what his life may have been before that; his life as a leader in a secret order of vampire hunters. The story not only follows Guy and his team, but a malicious plot from the vampire aristocracy, and its impact on the innocents who get swept up in the intrigue along the way.

Sid and Samantha – Molly Brown – 3.06 
Crustaceans and humans just don’t mix. There are plenty of fish in the sea, but sometimes, it’s possible to take that far too literally.


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