Bright Sparks: Graduate Short Film Showcase NC

Saturday 08 December, 17.00-21.00, Council Chamber, Tyneside Cinema
Sunday 09 December, 17.00-21.00, Tyneside Coffee Rooms

UK 2007. 45 minutes approx. Rolling Programme.

Each year NLFF awards a graduate of the University of Northumbria’s Media Production degree with a prize of screening their graduation film at the festival. This year’s worthy winner was Jack Tarling with his film, The Playground. However, the standard was so high that we have also decided to screen the work of five of Tarling’s fellow graduates too.

The PlaygroundThe Playground by Jack Tarling

When there is nowhere to run, you have to talk. A man trying to start a new life for himself collides with a ‘happy slapping’ gang. Using the camera phones of the gang involved to help tell the story, Tarling’s film depicts both sides. The Playground was this year’s winning film. Since graduating, Tarling has got backing from Northern Film and Media and the UK Film Council for three further projects.

Better to Have LovedBetter to Have Loved by Karen Macey

Crafted entirely from card, Better to Have Loved is a film about Death, Escape and Reality. Karen Macey’s experimental animation has been screened at various venues around the country, and has been nominated for the British Animation Awards.

FragmentsFragments by Graham Temple-Sowerby

It’s not easy being a kid. A boy grows up without a father figure and has several traumatic experiences along the way. Graham Temple-Sowerby’s part-animated coming of age tale won the ITV’s Script to Screen award.

Forward as OneForward as One? by Joseph Burfitt

Want to join the army? Forward as One? mimics army television adverts looking at the army from another point of view: That of injury, bullying, suicide, torture and death.

The Dismantled SunThe Dismantled Sun by Rebecca Sutton

There is never enough time. After her husband drowns in a nearby lake, newly-widowed Emily must face the sad and difficult prospect of moving on.

Weep, Fast and PrayWeep, Fast & Pray by Bob Lee

The story of a foolish little boy named Eamonn who did not listen to the warnings of his Mother. A plague stricken village is menaced by the one they call ‘The Crow Man’ in this tale of horror and suspense, wonderfully animated by Bob Lee.

Sunday screening in Tyneside Coffee Rooms

You can catch a rolling programme of their work for FREE throughout NLFF in the Council Chamber at Old Town Hall on Saturday, and in the Tyneside Coffee Rooms between 17.00 and 21.00 on Sunday. Please feel free to drop in!

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