Eat My Shorts is a programme of seven short films from across the globe. There were two such programmes at the 2017 Derby Film Festival, of which this was the second. We missed the first, but we wouldn’t have missed this one for the world!
Two colourful dreamlike films. One soars majestically, the other sinks and stinks. One is gently life-affirming, the other is morally reprehensible. Can you guess which is which? The answer might surprise you!
The Girl With All The Gifts details a very British apocalypse. It’s unbearably tense, but sweet and tender too; and the ending’s only unutterably bleak if you’re not hungry.
Two films in a row that have more in common than meets the eye. Both After the Storm and David Lynch: The Art Life question the sacrifices that must be made to live the life you want to live.
Holy Terrors is a gloomy tribute to the work of Arthur Machen. It’s proof that low budget horror need not be naff.
This is the big one: The plan was to see six films in one day. We manage four. Oh, but what a foursome it was: Trouser Bar; Worst Fears; My Life As A Courgette; and Lilith’s Awakening.
Mindhorn is a breathless crime-fighting romp across the Isle of Man. It’s an endearing group effort that’s taken to another level by a strong central performance by Julian Barratt, and by a jovial Derby Film Festival audience.
Nick Cave’s last film was life-affirming. This one is too, but only because it will make you clutch those you hold dear with unprecedented vitality.
The 2016 Derby Film Festival has been magnificent. We’re going to see it out in style by watching as much animation as we can. We have April & The Extraordinary World, followed by This Is Not A Cartoon – a global animation showcase!