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Short Film – DIY v’s BFI (#1 & #2)

Self-made short films beside the best of the BFI Film Academy shorts. The BFI Film Academy offers the opportunity for young people (16 to 19) to come together to make a fi lm supported by industry professionals. Young people all over Scotland are achieving incredible things with family, friends and limited resources. This strand celebrates the best of both worlds.

Film Screening Sunday 17th November 2019, 10:00 to 11:40

Motor Mouth (BFI) – 4 mins

A social worker and young offender try and find common ground to develop their relationship. Danny, who is admitted into a young offender’s institution, is a troubled loner and acts out. His social worker is not happy about it and tries to reach him but fails. Maybe she needs to try a different approach, instead of talking him down, talk to him like a friend?

This film was created as part of the BFI Film Academy Residential Scotland 2019. The film was shot over 2 days and supervised and supported by a film tutor

Written by: Adam Thomas Wright                                Filmmakers: Genevieve Badia-Aylinm, Rhianna Bibby, Jessica Bolarinwa, Blair Letham, Beth Lindsay, Josh Martin, Scot MacKenzie, Adam Thomas Wright.                                        Cast: Vivian Reid as Paula, William Petrie as Danny.

CONTENT WARNING: Drugs, Violence & Strong Language

The Relic (DIY) – 10 mins

A businessman tries to obtain legal permission from a cult leader to buy an ancient artifact from a museum. Eventually, when both their faiths are destroyed, they bond over their differences and similarities. At the end it is revealed that those who lust for greed and power are also the delusional and narcissistic. They will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Writer/Director/Editor: Adam Andreas                          Producer: Joe Thomas                                                Cinematography: Frank Timson,                                              Cast: Keiran Duncan as Leroy and Paul Gorman as Mr. Mega


Watch Out (BFI) – 4 mins

Simon steals stuff (a lot!) and gets away with it, but not this time. A mysterious woman drops her valuable watch, but instead of returning it to her, he picks it up and keeps it. The watch will make him lose his mind and wish he’d never picked it up.

This film was created as part of the BFI Film Academy Residential Scotland 2019. The film was shot over 2 days and supervised and supported by a film tutor.

Written by: Amy Haddow                                              Filmmakers: Sophie Marshalsey, Molly Mavor, Casey Eccleston, Harry Whiteford, Daniel Ekunwe, Jack Weirm, Amy Haddow, Cameron MacLean.                                                      Cast: Garth Morrison as Simon, Suzanne O’Brien as Mysterious Woman.

Three’s Company (DIY) –  12 mins

Three friends are bound and questioned out in the middle of nowhere by Lawrence, a maniacal and impatient gang leader. A shipment of “White gold” is misplaced and Lawrence has the culprits in hand. Armed with his 7 shot revolver, trusty goons and all the time in the world. The three friends must explain themselves or face a grizzly end.

Director/Writer/Cinematographer: Conor Purvis            Producer: James Reid                                                                  Lead actors:  Jamie Strachan, Daniele Silvan, Greg Cross, Alastair Rennie

CONTENT WARNING:  Drugs, Violence & Strong language

Anthropophagy (BFI) – 5 mins

A man visits the house of a young couple – trying to raise funds to send his son to a special “pray the gay away” camp. The couple invite them round for dinner to talk more about it, but are their intentions as they first seem?

This film was produced as part of Gmac’s BFI Film Academy 2018 – 2019.

CONTENT WARNING: Strong language & Mild Violence

DIY v's BFI Programme #2

Hector (BFI) – 12 mins

Daniel and his friend Oscar look forward to a gig in a few months and to gain some extra cash Daniel begins giving lifts to people. Through these lifts he meets Sarah. In beginning a new relationship he loses contact with Oscar, and the relationship turns out to be more trouble than imagined.

Made as part of SHMU’s BFI Film Academy

Director: Glen Christie                                                                Producer: Jessica Kelly                                                          Writer: Charlotte Gillies                                                              Editor: Holly McLean:                                                                Cast:  Cowie, Ross Hendry, Niamh Welsh

CONTENT WARNING: Strong Language

The Myth of Sysyphus (DIY) – 13 mins

The Myth of Sisyphus is the basis for the storyline that runs throughout the film, in which Sisyphus carries a television to the summit of a tower each day.  He is presented with a series of vignettes which depict a number of characters linked by their search for meaning in the face of the absurd.

Writers and Directors: Matt Gibb and Ivy Pottinger-Glass Additional Cinematography: Jared Ziegler                    Score: Matt Gibb                                                                             Cast (in order of appearance): Sisyphus: Jeeva Nagra French Girl: Anouk Cordier Morillo French Guy: Antoine Vriet Diner Guy 1: Jake Waits Diner Guy 2: Jon Migeon Diner Guy 3: Matt Mangione/ Nick Hall (Voice) Fireplace Girl: Tilly Botsford Fireplace Guy: Murid L. Keshtmand Beach Girl: Ivy Pottinger-Glass

Billie (BFI) – 6 mins

Technology is currently a (wo)man’s best friend, but what happens when that friend takes over your life? Billie needed a “virtual home assistant” called ‘Servus’ to get through a rough time, isolating herself under technology’s control. But when Billie gets better and wants to break free back into the outside world, ‘Servus’ won’t let her. She’s trapped.

This film was created as part of the BFI Film Academy Residential Scotland 2019. The film was shot over 2 days and supervised and supported by a film tutor.

Written by: Ryan Barr                                                        Filmmakers: Ryan Barr, Rowen Henderson, Jasmin Hinshelwood, Murray Kingsbury, Max Lawrence, Bea Lent, Molly Lynch, Anna Dermott.                                                          Cast: Rachael Keiller as Billie, Harry Isaac as Servus, Alanah Walker as Elsie.

Nomad (DIY) – 5 mins

The earth continues to have technological innovations interwoven between reality. A nomad wanders to replace metallic looking plugged in flowers with real ones.

Writer/Director/Editor: Adam Andreas                          Producer:  Alexander Waddell                                  Cinematography: Joseph Helm                                                  Cast:  Keiran Duncan and Sam Stopford                                    Music Composed by Stuart Bramwell

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