2015 BAFTA Nominees For Best Live Action Short Films
Short films are no more a mere indulgence of amateurs. Today there are dedicated international platforms egging on such short projects with funding and release. Many prolific directors started their careers with groundbreaking shorts like Christopher Nolan with Following. This year the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) came up with an indulgent list of worthy nominees and a spectacular winner in the Best Live Action Short Film category.
Here’s an enchanted look at the the intelligent creations selected for the BAFTA 2015:
Selected at BAFTA 2015, Emotional Fusebox tells the story of a 29 year old Anna – a recluse living in her mother’s outhouse – making puppet videos using her thumbs. For reasons revealed in the third act, she refuses to come out of the outhouse or interact with other people for that matter. Things become interesting when her mother brings a young man for her to meet. Emotional Fusebox is a 14-minute short aimed as a pilot project for backing director Rachel Tunnard’s first full length feature film How To Live Yours, in which we will see a more detailed story of Anna and what is she up to. Thanks to the support by BAFTA, the full feature film is now under post-production and is aiming for a 2016 release. Can’t bite back the intrigue!
Directed by AUB alumni Nick Rowland, Slap is a self-exploratory story about a teenage boxer who is a cross-dresser. Slap shows how a teenage boxer, who is a cross dresser, while going against the suffocating conventions of society, deals with the issues of gender, personal identity, sexuality and societal conformity.The film shows how he, while going against the suffocating conventions of society, deals with the issues of gender, personal identity, sexuality and societal conformity. Apart from a BAFTA nomination, Slap was also shown at the Palm Springs International Shorts Film Festival as well as at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was awarded the Virgin Atlantic Little Red Award in the “Best Short Film” category. Watch it for the raw energy that the actors bring to the screen.
The Kármán Line
Karman Line is a point 100 kms from the earth’s sea level, representing the distinction between the earth’s atmosphere and the endless outer space. Director and co-writer Oscar Sharp’s intelligent and warm short tells the story of a mother experiencing a rare condition in which her body starts rising above the ground at a gradually increasing rate, going straight up to the sky. If you ask us, it is a pretty great concept and the trailer is absolutely touching. After the trailer that went viral and winning a lot of word-of-mouth appreciation at the BAFTA, this live action short film is now being developed into a full-length feature film by Tobey Maguire’s company Material Pictures. Needless to mention, after feasting on its BAFTA screening, we can’t wait for this short endearing story to be turned into a feature film.
Director Aleem Khan’s short film takes us into the world of three brothers whose mother has passed away while the father has deserted them to go to Pakistan. It is the director’s calm attention to nuances that gives Hameed – the elder brother’s character the sensitivity – reflecting on his emotional journey as he tries to bring about order in chaos.Left behind is the eldest brother, Hameed, with the responsibility of his two younger brothers. It is the director’s calm attention to nuances that gives Hameed’s character the sensitivity – reflecting on his emotional journey as he tries to bring about order in chaos. His efforts as his younger brothers run amok in the house win your heart. Khan creates a world of neglect and untrustworthy people around the three brothers – a world which forces them to unite against it and face the challenges together.
Boogaloo And Graham
And the winner of the BAFTA Award For Best Live Action Short Film 2015, Boogaloo and Graham is set in the 1970s Belfast, Northern Ireland. Two young boys keep two chicken and nourish them into fully grown birds. But things take a turn when their parents tell them about something that will alter the course of their lives. Writer Ronan Blaney picks up the story from his own experiences.Director Michael Lennox tells the story of two young boys whose father brings them a chicken each to keep as pet and take care of. They keep them and nourish them into full grown birds. But things take a turn when their parents tell them about something that will alter the course of their lives. Writer Ronan Blaney picks up the story from his own experiences while growing up in Belfast during that period. Critics have hailed Boogaloo And Graham for the superb acting by its actors and a very touching ending. It was also nominated in the Best Short Film category at the Oscars this year.
One thing that short films have proved time and again is that there is no limit to your imagination. The extent to which creativity can lead you is unimaginable. It is hallowed pllatforms like BAFTA that make this journey unparalelled. It is due to these factors that every year, we are treated to short films that are continuously pushing the envelope of creativity and revolutionary ideas even further.
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