Festival: Sunderland Shorts
Oh man! Sunderland Shorts was one of my favourite long-weekends of 2018 as their programme contained delights around each and every corner as evidenced by the quality of the films that nabbed the top awards. I’m talking about stuff like ‘Rag Doll’ (pictured), which claimed top comedy. Incredibly inventive it showed a child discovering some rag dolls in an antique chest. Her imagination runs wild, but for the dolls’ real-life doppelgangers, self-control was taken out of their hands… Other award-winners included ‘Venus’, a documentary dealing with issues of disability and female empowerment; ‘Dreamer’, which followed an old man who travels into his dreams and collects memories of his life; ‘Space Girls’, four space obsessed 9-year-old girls embark on a secret mission; ‘Nick’, a thriller about the dangers of peer pressure; and ‘Transmission’, written during the height of the refugee crisis as a warning against the anticipated rise in British Nationalism. The programme for 2019 is in the process of being finalised so keep checking their website to see what goodies we have coming our way this year.
Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, 8-11 May. sunderlandshorts.co.uk