Short films from the British Film Institute | Chicago Reader

Short films from the British Film Institute

These six shorts by young British directors tend to focus on marginal and bizarre characters. Lynne Ramsay's Kill the Day, about a junkie and petty thief, effectively mixes several time frames, its powerfully blocked-out compositions creating a toughness that leaves little room for sentimentality. In Simone Horrocks's Spindrift two homeless teens ride skateboards and play on swings, the hopelessness of their lives well rendered by repetitive movement. Thomas Napper's Dead London, a pseudomystery involving unexplained deaths, is visually engaging but ultimately confusing. Carine Adler's Fever and Richard Kwietniowski's Flames of Passion provocatively deal with female and gay male sexuality, respectively. In Richard Heslop's Floating, a man gradually loses his mind and tries to build an ark (complete with animals) in his small apartment; the film is often irritatingly aggressive, filmed with an intrusive wide-angle lens held a bit too close to everything.

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