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Planning Ahead with Moviola

Planning Ahead with Moviola

As we write this, the future of community cinemas might seem like a speck on the horizon yet to come into focus. Details of government guidance for public gatherings may not have been issued as of yet, but that does not stop community cinema organisers taking stock of their current offerings and assessing how that may be impacted in the future. As part of our remit to support our community venues, Moviola wants each cinema to be as successful as possible, but does that mean keeping calm and carrying on? Could your regular audiences be affected? Are there other audiences within your local community who could be encouraged to visit your venue for a regular film fix?

We realise that almost every community venue knows what is best for their cinema, after all, many of you have been running them for several years. While there is some downtime in our scheduled screenings, Moviola is offering 1-2-1 consultations via email or telephone to discuss how your cinema and plan for the future. This may not be a fully realised plan due to announcements yet to be made, but we firmly believe we can help one another using successful examples of best practices and industry.

We also want to hear from all of our venues about their success stories (and failures)  – whether that was a new ticketing system, type of film or a different approach completely.

 

Our communication & diversity officer, Neil, is still at hand to give advice and help you start putting a framework in place. He will then work with you to flesh the details out as time progresses, with new legislation and ideas of how community cinemas can incorporate them into their current setups.

We will help you look at all aspects of your community cinema – whether that’s help with marketing (setting up social media groups or adverts), planning your types of programming to give a rich mix of films that will grow and sustain your audiences, or even basic advice on facilities and showmanship to add that sparkle to your screenings.

To book a session – simply fill out the form and we’ll get in contact with you in due course.

Book a 1-2-1 session here

Moviola is always at hand to help your cinema be the best it can be!

#MoviolaTogether Week 4 – The Titfield Thunderbolt

#MoviolaTogether Week 4 – The Titfield Thunderbolt

We’ve made it to WEEK 4 of #MoviolaTogether!

Another vote by Moviola audiences has decreed that THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT is our film of the week!

(by an inch!)

You can find it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03mv97b/the-titfield-thunderbolt

Please tell us your thoughts on the film and drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp don’t forget to include the name of your local Moviola venue!

Last week’s film was BRASSED OFF – a bitter-sweet tale of a small mining town’s toot to glory with its colliery band which brought together both young & old.

Philip Comer, Moviola’s Chairman, told us on Facebook:

Just love this film, and Pete Postlethwaite is just so good. Good performances all round and a good uplifting story (much needed just now) with a serious message as well. 5 stars for me.

Ursula on Facebook:

 “Watched it. Loved it. Again. Still miss Pete Postlethwaite. Such a good actor   

Edwina on WhatsApp:

 “Triumph of hope over adversity indeed and lovely to see it again and places in Saddleworth I am very familiar with. Good acting, scenery and music- though the professional musicians easily spotted! The cheeks had it! Glad to have a reason to see it again as I am not keen on seeing films for a second time really. Well recommended.   

THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT is nominally a success story of how a community rallies together to take on the adversaries that may threaten their tranquil lives and, indeed, their very existence! 

The wheels of industry may prefer to run on roads, but the village of Titfield have other ideas. A film filled with defiance and subterfuge  – can the plucky residence get to keep their beloved locomotive chugging along?

 

Although, at the time, THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT wasn’t as warmly embraced by the British public as previous Ealing Studios output, the film has enjoyed a resurgence in admiration that we can only speculate has increased since the privatisation of the railway system. Pitting buses vs trains may seem like two sides of the same coin fighting one another today, but we think there’s a slightly more romantic notion of a steam train pulling into a platform than the No.34 parking up at a bus stop.

To join in with #MoviolaTogether – simply watch the film and tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.

THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT is available on: 

BBC’s iPlayer service available on all Smart TV’s, Playstations, tablets and computers.

Basically -everywhere.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03mv97b/the-titfield-thunderbolt

 We can’t wait to hear from you!

ADDED BONUS CONTENT:

Here’s all the outtakes from the film made available by The Huntley Archive.

Whilst not funny bloopers that we are used to in our outtakes of today, these clips serve as a timely reminder of the locomotives of yesteryear

Vote For Week 4 of #MoviolaTogether

Vote For Week 4 of #MoviolaTogether

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our third weekend of #MoviolaTogether with our choice of Brassed Off.

We had many comments across all of our social media channels – so a big THANK YOU – to everyone who got involved! We’ll be posting a summary of selected thoughts when we announce this week’s film on Friday evening.

 

We are choosing films that are readily available for free through YouTube, BBC iPlayer, All4 and other free platforms so that there is no expense for anyone who wishes to watch along.

This might mean that the film isn’t fresh out of the cinemas, but it also is a good opportunity to catch up with something that you may have missed over the last few years.

This week’s choices are a mixture of new, old and exploratory – will you pick a creature comfort or go for something out of the box that’s exciting and new?

The shortlist is as follows

(click each title to find out more)

QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (2012)

LOVELESS (2017)

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (2014)

SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (1960)

GOLD (1974)

THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT (1953)

BORDER (2018)

KON-TIKI (2012)

KALEIDOSCOPE (2016)

Voting closes on Friday 24th April at 3pm so make your choice at a click of a button below!

What is your #MoviolaTogether choice for our fourth weekend?
  • THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT (1953) on BBC iPlayer 38%, 3 votes
    3 votes 38%
    3 votes - 38% of all votes
  • CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (2014) on BBC iPlayer 25%, 2 votes
    2 votes 25%
    2 votes - 25% of all votes
  • KON-TIKI (2012) 25%, 2 votes
    2 votes 25%
    2 votes - 25% of all votes
  • BORDER (2018) 13%, 1 vote
    1 vote 13%
    1 vote - 13% of all votes
  • GOLD (1974) on My5 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (2012) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • LOVELESS (2017) on All 4 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (1960) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • KALEIDOSCOPE (2016) on All 4 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 8
23rd April 2020 - 24th April 2020
Voting is closed

#MoviolaTogether Week 3 – Brassed Off

#MoviolaTogether Week 3 – Brassed Off

We’re onto week 3 of #MoviolaTogether. After a democractic vote – BRASSED OFF came out on top.

There shall be no extension to this result! Brassed Off means Brassed Off!

The film is available to watch through Channel 4’s catch up service either on your TV or through the internet here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/brassed-off/on-demand/20051-001

Please tell us your thoughts on the film and drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp don’t forget to include the name of your local Moviola venue!

Last week’s film was LOCAL HERO – a quirky comedy set in the far reaches of Scotland where an oil refinery is to be built by a Texan company, who sends their employee to get the locals to move out.

Helen, from Screen in the Square in Orkney, told us on Facebook:

“Seen this film several times now and it gets better every time! Also very pertinent for us living on an island! Thanks for screening it.

Helen (another one!) told us via WhatsApp:

 “Local Hero has a similar theme to Fisherman’s Friends but fell short for me. It brought home to me that the big screen is so much better. You can become involved in the story without the distractions of phone, family wandering in, etc.”  

Over on WhatsApp, someone suggest we hold a poll and from the nine films chosen (available for free in the UK), BRASSED OFF (1996) came out on top. Top brass.

Starring the late Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald. 

It’s grim(ethorpe) up north as the local pit is closed down in a Yorkshire town. Everyone is down and out but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! The mine’s colliery band are pretty good, having passed on the tradition from generation to generation, and there’s a talent contest that might put Grimethorpe back on the map. Can the conductor, Danny, pull together this ragtag bunch of enthusiasts to take the top prize?

The real-life Grimethorpe colliery band are featured in the film and performed all of the music. Their concert at The Royal Albert Hall on the 15th April was sadly cancelled, so instead the band performed music live for Film Four as part of their television screening. You can watch their ‘at home’ performance of Danny Boy here: https://twitter.com/i/status/1250529869617905668

 

To join in with #MoviolaTogether – simply watch the film and tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.

BRASSED OFF is available on FilmFour ‘s catchup service ALL 4 .

You can watch it through Sky TV’s catch up service, on your smart TV, or your tablet/laptop/phone by going here:

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/brassed-off

 We can’t wait to hear from you!

For further fun, once you’ve seen the film, here’s a Q&A with star Jim Carter from a previous performance held at The Royal Albert Hall and made available thanks to the RAH’s archive. It stars Tara Fitzgerald, Stephen Tompkinson, the producer and the director/writer.

It’s a lovely little addition to understand what it took to get the film made!

5 of the Best: Amazon Prime

5 of the Best: Amazon Prime

Amazon UK do more than drop your parcels off at your door – they also have a film and music service incorporated into their paid-for delivery service (Prime Video & Prime Music).

For £7.99 a month you’ll not only get their delivery service but also access to their vast library of films and TV shows. – currently, Prime Video is offering a 30-day free trial here.

Here are our top 5 film picks as of April 2020.

We’ve also shared our favourite five from Netflix UK here

 

1. The Aeronauts

After doing a very limited cinema run, Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, Wild Rose), brings his high-flying film exclusively to Prime Video. Starring hot young British stars Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne & Himesh Patel – a fanciful ‘true story’ of a scientist’s determination to prove to his peers that the weather can be predicted by using a hot air balloon to test his theory out. Not for anyone who suffers from vertigo!

2. Wild Rose

Tom Harper makes it back into our list with a heart-warming and uplifting tale of Glasweigan ex-con Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley (Chernobyl)), whose passion for her dreams of being a country music star are brought crashing back down to earth when she realises life isn’t that simple. Can Rose-Lynn look after her children and keep the dream of going to Nashville alive? The original songs by real-life country stars will keep your toes tapping as you follow Rose-Lynn’s funny & touching journey.

3. Once

Another musical, but don’t let that put you off this organic love story of an Irish busker who happens upon a young Eastern European musician and… the rest writes itself – or does it?

The music in the film won an Oscar and deservedly so, as John Carney’s films are renown for their captivating soundtracks. The two leads would then go on to make a film about their troubled real-life experiences in the heart-breaking The Swell Season.

4. The Hunt For The Wilderpeople

If you’ve ever been a Girl Guide or Scout, then this film will cheer your up no end. A comedy from New Zealand director Taika Waititi, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) is a curmudgeonly bush-man who reluctantly adopts a troubled young man. Will he be able to keep the teen out of trouble and teach him the way of the wild? A rip-roaring adventure, chock-full of weird humour and you’re guaranteed to leave this film with a giant smile on your face.

5. Blinded By The Light

A film which proved popular for Moviola audiences last season. Blinded By The Light by British director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) sees the true story of Javed, who dreams of writing for a living, experience teenage life in 1980’s Luton. One day a friend lends him a Bruce Springsteen cassette and his life is transformed. Notable for the inclusion of Michael Fish’s 1987 ‘there’s no hurricane coming’ moment. Based on the book Greetings From Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor.

 

That’s our five from Moviola HQ for Amazon – what are yours?

Leave a comment below or share your thoughts on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram 

Keep your eyes on our message board for other recommendations on different platforms coming soon!

5 of the Best: Netflix UK

5 of the Best: Netflix UK

Many of you will be familiar with Netflix as an option of watching films at home. The versatile platform not only has an excellent variety of content from the big and small screens, but it also has its own films and shows exclusive to the platform.

Starting from a reasonable £5.99 a month to consume as content much as you want, we think it’s one of the better offerings available to UK audiences. While Netflix will never replace the experience of watching films on the big screen, it does offer the opportunity to catch up with some fantastic titles that you might have missed during their theatrical runs.

We’ve also shared our favourite five from Amazon Prime UK here

Here are our top 5 picks as of April 2020:

 

1. Three Identical Strangers

This is one documentary that will have your jaw drop open… and then open further… and eventually hit the floor. Told piecemeal, the less you know about the story the better – suffice to say that these three strangers meet in the most bizarre manner, but how they were separated in the first instance, is even more amazing. A documentary that beats even the Tiger King!

2. Fighting With My Family

For older families, FWMF was a smash hit on the Moviola network last year with its mix of good ol’ British humour, lots of familiar faces and its captivating underdog story. Any wrestling fans will recognise the hustle of the WWE, but even if you’re not a fan of sweaty overweight men pretending to hit each other, director Stephen Merchant (of The Office fame), manages to sneak in a Ken Loach kitchen sink-drama beneath the power slams.

3. Babe

Based on the well-loved Dick King-Smith book, with all the fun of a farmyard! The plucky orphan pig, Babe sidles up to Farmer Hoggett at a country fair and is taken home to join the other animals. Babe settles in nicely, but after a tragic incident, is our little piglet to blame? Family fun and who can forget that dance!?

4. Uncorked

One of the latest film productions for Netflix. A twist on the father-son framework – a young man wants to become a master sommelier but his father wishes for him to continue the successful family BBQ business. Both kindly and soul-searching, Uncorked charts quieter times within the African American community that are often left untouched by mainstream films. Frequently humorous and touching. As our lead defiantly carves our his own niche, will everything go to plan?

5. Stranger than Fiction

Have you ever felt your life was being narrated by someone else? Was that someone else Emma Thompson?

Sufficiently restrained, Will Ferrell makes for the warm every-man who learns the error of his ways as a taxman who wakes up to his internal monologue dictating his every move. A surreal and funny film, but as reassuringly distracting as the voice in each of our heads.

 

That’s our five from Moviola HQ for Netflix – what are yours? Leave a comment below or share your thoughts on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram 

Keep your eyes on our messageboard for other recommendations on different platforms coming soon!

Vote For Week 3 of #MoviolaTogether

Vote For Week 3 of #MoviolaTogether

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our second weekend of #MoviolaTogether with our choice of Local Hero.

It’s now time to switch things up and throw the choice over to you for this weekend’s film!

We are choosing films that are readily available for free through YouTube, BBC iPlayer, All4 and other free platforms so that there is no expense for anyone who wishes to watch along.

This might mean that the film isn’t fresh out of the cinemas, but it also is a good opportunity to catch up with something that you may have missed over the last few years.

Our poll below shows films we think are good uplifting films (once again, many of you cited that this is what you would like), that are both a mixture of old and new alike.

The shortlist is as follows

(click each title to find out more)

BRASSED OFF (1996)

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (2016)

I WISH (2011)

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951)

SITA SINGS THE BLUES (2008)

VICTORIA & ABDUL (2017)

A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)

CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER (1968)

EFFIE GRAY (2014)

Voting closes on Friday 17th April at 1pm so make your choice at a click of a button below!

 

Which film should be this weekend's #MoviolaTogether film?
  • BRASSED OFF (1996) on All4 33%, 5 votes
    5 votes 33%
    5 votes - 33% of all votes
  • EFFIE GRAY (2014) on BBC iPlayer 20%, 3 votes
    3 votes 20%
    3 votes - 20% of all votes
  • VICTORIA & ABDUL (2017) on BBC iPlayer 13%, 2 votes
    2 votes 13%
    2 votes - 13% of all votes
  • I WISH (2011) on All4 13%, 2 votes
    2 votes 13%
    2 votes - 13% of all votes
  • SITA SINGS THE BLUES (2008) on YouTube 7%, 1 vote
    1 vote 7%
    1 vote - 7% of all votes
  • A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988) on BBC iPlayer 7%, 1 vote
    1 vote 7%
    1 vote - 7% of all votes
  • THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951) on BBC iPlayer 7%, 1 vote
    1 vote 7%
    1 vote - 7% of all votes
  • ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (2016) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER (1968) on ITV Hub 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 15
16th April 2020 - 17th April 2020
Voting is closed
Is it time for Community Cinemas to go contactless?

Is it time for Community Cinemas to go contactless?

In a time when we are all being told to keep our distance, Moviola HQ is busy helping venues get ready to re-open with a series of useful articles to prepare for new challenges and changes.

Today we look at how easy and inexpensive it is to implement contactless payments for your venue. Many market traders and pop-up food stalls use them, so why not community cinemas?

As a nation, we’ve rapidly taken to contactless payments, whether that is through Apple Pay, bank cards or other phone-based facilities that aid us to tap away our disposable income on plastic card readers. Many rural and small communities still rely on cash as the primary form of currency, but is it time to implement a cash-less way to pay for our tickets and tuck?

As of 2017, there were 108.4m contactless cards issued in the UK, with £3,913.3m spent a month using contactless as a form of payment – proving its rising popularity for the ease of transaction in our daily lives. With limits now raised to £45 for many providers (the previous being £30), this upper bracket should prove sufficient for facilitating payments at community box offices and bars.

So, how do you go about it?

First things first, you’ll need an internet connection (which can be through a smartphone or wireless internet). This enables the banking systems to follow their protocols to ensure that money is taken and received by the correct accounts while employing anti-fraud measures to prevent improper use.

Next up, you’ll need a service provider who can supply the card reader and carry out the transaction. The readers vary in price but are usually around £60 for one. The card reader is then linked to the internet and your bank account via a smartphone. Many use an app that makes this part as easy as linking any Bluetooth device or laptop. 

If you are using a phone as your primary source of internet, you’ll need to have an OK signal for payments to be processed. Once linked, your reader is ready to go – you simply type in the amount you wish to charge on the keypad and tap the payment device or card.

For each transaction taken, the service provider will also take a small commission. This can be as little as 1.75% – so a £5 ticket would cost 3p to process. This tiny amount shouldn’t break the bank for most venues – for the commissions to total the price of a ticket, you would have to have 167 people through the door!

Three providers of this service appear to be the most popular:

iZettle

Currently offering 50% off their reader for new sign-ups and able to process all major cards and phone payments.

For each transaction, 1.75% is taken and they will also deposit your cash into your chosen account within 1-2 working days. They offer free phone support and other perks in their software.

SumUp

Currently offering 50% off their reader for new sign-ups and able to process all major cards and phone payments.

For each transaction, 1.75% is taken and they will also deposit your cash into your chosen account within 1-2 working days. They offer free phone support and other perks in their software.

PayPal UK

If you already use PayPal, then this integrated and trusted service may be of more use. It works in a similar manner to your PayPal account and can move money rapidly between the point of sale and accounts. Although slightly higher in transaction fees, its easy-to-use and familiar interfaces might be of benefit to integrate into your own current systems.

(* Moviola receives no fees or preferential perks for the products above)

There are many other providers who can facilitate the same functionality to bring your community venue into the 21st century with relative ease as your online banking or buying products/holidays on the internet. Each have their own advantages and drawbacks, dependent on your situation. We advise that you do some research before settling for the first one you see!

At Moviola HQ, we believe that patrons may become more cautious about handling objects outside their homes, especially those who are at the more vulnerable end of the spectrum. As community venues, it is paramount to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all, this also applies to the handling of (dirty!) cash.

Even if you do not believe that community venues will abandon notes and coins, it is a relatively inexpensive way to increase your revenues – perhaps Derek left his wallet at home, Doris only has £10 and they both want to purchase another glass of wine or slice of cake. This can make it much easier to allow your patrons to do exactly that and keep your coffers topped up for a quiet screening.

As community cinema organisers or volunteers yourselves, if contactless provides any repose, it will save you lugging a big bag of coins and notes to the bank after every screening!

Let us know your thoughts – do you think contactless is worth it? Will you be looking into adding a terminal?

#MoviolaTogether Week 2 – Local Hero

#MoviolaTogether Week 2 – Local Hero

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our first weekend of #MoviolaTogether – a way of experiencing films wherever you may be across the Moviola Network and beyond. We want to hear from you – whether you liked the film or not  – so please drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp don’t forget to include the name of your local Moviola venue!

Last week’s film was FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL – a romantic drama starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, about Hollywood starlet Gloria Grahame’s true story of loves and losses in an unlikely pairing that ends up in Liverpool.

Cheryl from Easton Village Cinema told us on WhatsApp:

“I thought Jamie Bell, Annette Bening and Julie Walters were superb. I loved the way the flash backs took place often as someone was walking through a door and loved the Romeo and Juliet scene which was brilliantly acted and very poignant. Wouldn’t have chosen it to watch myself – just because I needed something more uplifting.”

Gill from LipHook’s Millenium Centre told us via Facebook:

 “Strange title, great film!”  

We listened and we heard the need for something uplifting and we couldn’t think of anything more wonderful to demonstrate how communities work together than Bill Forsythe’s dreamy LOCAL HERO (1983)

Starring Peter Riegert, Peter Capaldi (right, doesn’t he look so young!) and Jenny Seagrove – this story of a Texan oil company who sends their executive to a small Scottish town to buy up their village so a refinery can be built.

Of course, things don’t quite go to plan, but in a manner you could only imagine a small quirky village could do.

The scintillating soundtrack comes courtesy of Mark Knoffler of Dire Straits fame, bringing a wail of his guitars soaring as it sails into the sunset of the fictional village of Furness. 

The film has a lightness of touch and a sense of cohesion that we think everyone could do with at this moment in time. It’s both funny and incredibly sweet. If you’ve seen Forsythe’s previous film Gregory’s Girl expect more of the same kindness and courtesy in the face of uncertain times.

 

To join in with #MoviolaTogether – simply watch the film and tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.

LOCAL HERO screens on Saturday 11th April at 2:45pm on FilmFour Channel 14 on Freeview or 313 on Sky.

You can join an hour later on FilmFour+1 (Channel 45 on Freeview or 314 on Sky) and we’ll update this post to let you know if FilmFour add it to their catch-up service.

 We can’t wait to hear from you!

For further fun, once you’ve seen the film, here’s an interview with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the screenwriter of Millions, The Railway Man and Goodbye Christopher Robin (among other films) talking about how LOCAL HERO shaped his life as a writer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000cnct

8 Short Films We Think You’ll Love

8 Short Films We Think You’ll Love

One of the many benefits of being a Moviola audience member is being able to watch a relaxing short film as an amuse-bouche before the main event at your local venue.

As many film festivals and other events have been cancelled, a lot of their short film submissions are making their way online for free.

Here are 8 short films we think Moviola audiences will love.

  1. QUILT FEVER (2020)

Directed by Olivia Loomis Merrion (16mins)

There aren’t many short documentaries about quilting… but guess what?

We’ve found one and it’s incredibly sweet.

https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2020/03/21/quilt-fever/

2. A-TISH-OO! (1941)

Directed by Maxwell Munden (6mins)

A topical short for topical times. We may well see another of these type of films coming to our screens soon!

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-a-tish-oo-1941-online

3. WASP (2005)

Directed by Andrea Arnold (25 mins)

Not always a comfortable watch, but always compelling to witness Natalie Press (My Summer Of Love) and Danny Dyer (Eastenders, The Football Factory) struggle to make amorous connections in a world that constantly puts up barriers.

Little wonder that its director, Andrea Arnold, won the Oscar for Best Short Film and went one to make the critically revered films American Honey and Fish Tank.

  1. SIX SHOOTER (2004)

Directed by Martin McDonagh (26 mins)

Another Oscar-winning film from the Irish director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) starring Brendan Gleeson.

This darkly comic short film follows a man who has just been informed his wife has died.  On his journey home, he meets a strange person who…. well, we’ll let you find out!

  1. DOODLEBUG (1997)

Directed by Christopher Nolan (3 mins)

Before Dunkirk, Interstellar and Insomnia came this short piece of paranoia showcasing Christopher Nolan’s talents and making us a bit worried that we’ve got ants in the house. Again.

  1. IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (2012)

Directed by Don Hertzfeldt (60 mins)

OK.. so not quite a short film but, out of all the films we’ve recommended in this article – THIS is the one you need to see. A film that is full of optimism and positive reflection on the world around us, and yet mistrust and questioning. It’s truly a film that will stay with you for a while, whether that’s due to the calming voiceover work or the beautiful animation.

The director has made this film free to watch – simply click the link, press rent and when it comes to checkout, you will see that the discount equates to the rental amount. No necessity to put your card details in – just enjoy!

  1. SMALL DEATHS (1996)

Directed by Lynne Ramsay (11mins)

A winner at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, this captivating short film following a young Scottish girl whose three encounters leaves her heavy of heart. Ramsay then went on to make Morvern Callar and You Were Never Really Here.

  1. THE SPIELBERG FACE (2020)

Directed by Kevin B Lee (10mins)

A departure from the typical format of a short film. Short films don’t necessarily need to be cinematic: they can be descriptive or analytical. In this case, Kevin B Lee looks at Steven Spielberg (a director who has touched almost everyone’s film viewing), and his use of faces in his films. This video essay might give you pause for thought as to what a director is really doing when they are showing us seemingly showy camera angles or cutaways.

Those are our hot 8 short films for this week!

Have you seen something equally as good? Let us know.

If you watch any of the shorts, tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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