La tête ailleurs #1 Focus on the United Kingdom

The screenings called La Tête Ailleurs are an occasion to take a small trip down the cinematographic universe of one area of the world. Let’s start with an explosive compilation of ten of the best recent short films from the United Kingdom.

La Valse Des Hommes
Mathieu Piat, Emmanuel de Labauve d’Arifat, Émilie Mooneesawmy, Shegen Ramalingum, Léa Sentenac
Mauritius / 2015 / Fiction / 6′

Right in the middle of a meadow: a table, two men, a discussion…
Cool Unicorn Bruv
Ninian Doff
United Kingdom / 2015 / Fiction / 2′
Unicorns, innit.
Crow’s Nest
Robert Milne
United Kingdom / 2013 / Animation / 1′
Ever get that feeling that you just can’t win? Crow is busy building his nest, but a cheeky competitor threatens to undo his hard work.
United Kingdom / 2012 / Fiction / 7′
A playful, imaginative celebration of ‘the other’, ‘Emmeline’ is the sweetly comic-absurd fabulation of a girl who isn’t quite like everyone else….
Harriet And The Matches
Miranda Howard-Williams
United Kingdom / 2013 / Fiction / 5′
‘It almost makes me cry to tell what foolish Harriet befell…’ Adapted from the traditional German fairy tale, ‘Harriet and the Matches’ is a dark cautionary tale about a lonely little girl.
I Am Tom
Ainslie Henderson
United Kingdom / 2012 / Animation / 7′
A surreal trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician as he struggles to sing.
Nesma’s Birds
Mohammad Jaafarn, Najwan Ali, Fatima Sah, Medoo Ali
United Kingdom / 2013 / Fiction / 8′
Awkward 11-year-old Nesma is at odds with the world around her since she began caring for her father’s pigeons after his death. Being forced to get rid of the birds by her mother today will see Nesma face an even bigger challenge as she enters womanhood.
Orbit Ever After
Jamie Stone
United Kingdom, Italy / 2013 / Fiction / 20′
Nigel has fallen in love. But when you live in orbit, aboard a ramshackle space hovel with the most risk-averse family imaginable, it isn’t easy to follow your heart – especially when the girl of your dreams is spinning around earth the wrong way!
Art of Motion
Rhodri Williams
United Kingdom / 2013 / Documentary / 4′
​A short documentary exploring ‘Parkour,’ looking at the deeper philosophical meaning behind the activity and its sense of community.
The Magnificient Lion Boy
Ana Caro
United Kingdom / 2013 / Animation / 10′
On an expedition through Africa, anthropologist Leonard Orlov discovers a strange, feral child, raised by lions. Driven by a desire to civilise this creature, he takes the child back to London. But this is a Victorian England of strict social coventions and high moral values, and very soon, the child goes from being a sensation to being reviled and rejected.
The Secret World of Foley
Daniel Jewel
United Kingdom / 2014 / Documentary / 14′
The Secret World of Foley takes us on a journey into the little known world of Foley Artists, who bring films to life by adding sound effects in post-production.

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