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Nineties Shorts

 

Exploring the films and filmmakers that broke the rules of cinema in the 1990s.

Our free collection collects early films from filmmakers who went on to great things, such as Asif Kapadia, Duncan Jones, Carol Morley, as well as onscreen talent who would become the names of the 1990s, including Ewan Bremner, Samantha Morton and Amita Dhiri.

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The Body BeautifulThe Body Beautiful

Animation & Artists Moving Image199024 mins

Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.

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Indian TalesIndian Tales

Student film199412 mins Location: Haringey

Indian proverbs and superstitions shape the complex love life of a young British woman.

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Future Lasts a Long TimeFuture Lasts a Long Time

Crime199614 mins Location: Fens, The

Dream-like short film starring Samantha Morton, in one of her earliest screen credits, as one of a couple on the run who hide out in the Fens.

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The StreamThe Stream

Documentary199912 mins

Duncan Jones, director of Moon, Source Code and Warcraft, presents this ambitious Iron Age short about the star-crossed romance between a slave and gentry girl.

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Dead LondonDead London

Drama199620 mins Location: Farringdon Station

Ewan Bremner and Dexter Fletcher star as a pair of morbid fortune tellers in this modern tale of dark arts.

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RaveRave

Documentary199712 mins

Partying like it's 1997. We follow a rave DJ instigator rigging up decks in abandoned warehouses, a nosebleed 'techno tourist' who chases the hardcore around Europe and a girl addicted to... partying.

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FloatingFloating

Comedy199141 mins Location: Limehouse

Deliciously dark psychodrama about a Docklands bus driver who turns his family home into a second Noah's ark.

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PacePace

Performance19955 mins

Katrina McPherson’s dance film intimately tracks the frenetic movements of a solo dancer, accompanied by an electronic score by Philip Jeck.

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The Week Elvis DiedThe Week Elvis Died

Drama199716 mins

Eleven-year-old Karen meets king of the airwaves, Tony Blackburn (played by himself) in Carol Morley's bittersweet short.

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Paris, BrixtonParis, Brixton

Romance199713 mins Location: Brixton

Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser stars in this delightful short about a student who falls in love with a burglar.

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The Homecoming: A Short Film about AjamuThe Homecoming: A Short Film about Ajamu

Drama-documentary199517 mins Location: Brixton

Queer activist and artist Ajamu prepares to leave Brixton for an exhibition of his work in his hometown, Huddersfield

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SeahousesSeahouses

Drama199120 mins Location: Seahouses

A wry tale about a one-eyed woman seeking revenge in Seahouses, Northumberland.

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KangaKanga

Drama-documentary199215 mins

Early 90s London gets a vibrant dose of African culture in this mini odyssey fusing dance, music and fashion.

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Piccadilly Circus by NightPiccadilly Circus by Night

Drama199519 mins Location: Westminster

The sights and sounds of the Capital at Christmas form a romantic backdrop for this brief meditation on loneliness and love.

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Scarborough Ahoy!Scarborough Ahoy!

Drama199433 mins Location: Scarborough

A straight woman and a gay man cruise their way across North East England in this Tennessee Williams-inspired short.

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The United KingdomThe United Kingdom

Animation & Artists Moving Image19945 mins

What does it mean to be British? You might not have a much clearer idea after watching this animated portrait, but you will certainly be entertained

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ShadowmanShadowman

Amateur film19948 mins Location: Harlesden

A female protagonist falls prey to the ‘Shadowman’, who stalks his victim before attack. Uses stop-motion animation as well as live action.

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LFF Trailer 1995LFF Trailer 1995

Animation & Artists Moving Image19951 mins

Aardman turn the cinema screen into a mirror and offer this delightful portrait of the typical film festival audience

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EerieEerie

Animation & Artists Moving Image19921 mins

A vertiginous lesbian kiss in a mountain cablecar inspired by German expressionism.

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A Memory of L Moholy-NagyA Memory of L Moholy-Nagy

Animation & Artists Moving Image199014 mins

An animated portrait of the Bauhaus artist, made by an animator who knew him.

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SundialSundial

Animation & Artists Moving Image19931 mins Location: Bethnal Green

The literal and metaphorical shadow of Canary Wharf spills over all that surrounds it.

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21st Century Nuns21st Century Nuns

Documentary199410 mins

Street protest tranvestite nuns perpetually indulge in this 1993 doc featuring Derek Jarman.

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Teena and SimonTeena and Simon

Documentary199016 mins

An intimate documentary portrait of a London couple, who candidly reveal the pleasures and pains of body piercing. Teena and Simon  are a contemporary couple united in mind, body and spirit.

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We the RagamuffinWe the Ragamuffin

199226 mins

Julian Henriques' urban musical showcases the style, vernacular and vibrancy of British Caribbean Dancehall culture.

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RedRed

Drama199526 mins Location: Kilburn

Beautiful, bittersweet tale of love, longing and Elvis. Xiao Mei leaves China for marriage in Britain. But her true desire is to find her family.

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The Waiting RoomThe Waiting Room

Drama19969 mins Location: Hackney

Mickey realises his ticket is a different colour. Should he swap it?

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Surviving SabuSurviving Sabu

Drama199716 mins

A budding gay filmmaker clashes with his conservative Muslim father as they work on a film about iconic Indian star Sabu

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Love Is AllLove Is All

Animation & Artists Moving Image19990 mins

In a winter wonderland with Deanna Durbin and the queen of the snow. A fairytale for the future, this perfectly pitched monochrome affection will have you yearning with immaculate desire.

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Hedd WynHedd Wyn

War1992115 mins Location: Trawsfynydd

The stirring story of poet Ellis Evans-Hedd Wyn, the Welsh poet posthumously awarded the Eisteddfod chair at Birkenhead in 1917 after failing to return from 1st World War trenches.

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Green OrangesGreen Oranges

Comedy199811 mins Location: Donaghmore

Charming comedy short starring Birdy Sweeney as Tommy, the aged and unlikely object of two women's romantic affections.

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