UK Focus

A chance to see some of the best in UK filmmaking talent, with a varied and diverse selection of stories. Crossing genres and styles, from horror and comedy to animation and powerful drama, this is a vital snapshot of new British filmmaking that’s not to be missed

BFI London Film Festival short films programmed by Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson, Aduke King and Elaine Wong

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Comedy201910 mins

It’s a sweet day for two drug dealers. Heading out to parties, selling to insanely posh folk and eating patties, these are the little things that make people more than just friends.

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Hungry JoeHungry Joe

Horror202023 mins

Joe’s mother cannot satisfy his ravenous hunger or the judgement of those around them. Will their inability to bond finally be overcome in this dark and depraved gorefest?

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Wood Child and Hidden Forest MotherWood Child and Hidden Forest Mother

Animation & Artists Moving Image202010 mins

This surreal fable, a colourful animation set deep in a forest and evoking a bleak and terrifying landscape, sees a hunter encounter a strange creature he cannot kill.

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Good Thanks, You?Good Thanks, You?

Drama201913 mins

The swirling timeline and strong central performance conveys problems in supressing a traumatic event that is often so hard to talk about.

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Expensive ShitExpensive Shit

Drama202015 mins

Tolu has a choice: save herself or save her friend. As a nightclub toilet attendant, she is both overlooked by and integral for a group of depraved men set on a hideous act.

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Comedy201913 mins

Carl is king of the court. But today he's very distracted. This highly amusing comedy playfully combines homoerotic vibes with toxic masculinity on a badminton court.

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Dọlápọ̀ is FineDọlápọ̀ is Fine

Drama201915 mins

This rewarding and thoughtful depiction of an ever-relevant issue finds a young black girl about to leave boarding school and encouraged to conform to white beauty standards for a job in the City.

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Two Single BedsTwo Single Beds

Drama201916 mins

Two London comedians find sanctuary in each other after a show in Doncaster. Is 170 miles as far from reality as they’re willing to let themselves go?