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If you’re a subscriber who’s pressed for time or simply a lover of the short-form format, you’ll find something to enjoy in these perfectly formed brevities.

Encompassing early gems from future filmmaking greats to cult items from the stranger corners of British cinema, these shorts will excite and inspire – in small doses.

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Children
Children
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Children

Drama197646 minsDirector: Terence Davies

The first part of Terence Davies' formidable Trilogy explores the effects of violence on a Liverpool schoolboy, told in a series of flashbacks.

Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child
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Madonna and Child

Drama198028 minsDirector: Terence Davies

Autobiography as art: the centrepiece of Terence Davies' devastating Liverpool-set Trilogy focuses on his fictional alter-ego in middle age.

Death and Transfiguration
Death and Transfiguration
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Death and Transfiguration

Drama198326 minsDirector: Terence Davies

The Terence Davies Trilogy reaches its astonishing climax as tortured Liverpool clerk Robert Tucker prepares to meet his maker.

The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope
The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope
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The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope

Animation & Artists Moving Image198315 minsDirector: Jan Svankmajer

Švankmajer's second adaptation of the work of Edgar Allan Poe, in which a prisoner is forced to undergo trials of torture.

The Castle of Otranto
The Castle of Otranto
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The Castle of Otranto

Animation & Artists Moving Image197718 minsDirector: Jan Svankmajer

Czech animator Jan Švankmajer's adaptation of Horace Walpole's Gothic novel.

The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher
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The Fall of the House of Usher

Animation & Artists Moving Image198016 minsDirector: Jan Svankmajer

The first of Švankmajer's 'tactile experiments', the subject chosen partly because the title was on an official list of 'approved' texts. In this version there are no humans, just a brief glimpse of a live raven as the camera roams around an eerie derelict house.

Smart Alek
Smart Alek
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Smart Alek

Drama199319 minsDirector: Andrew Kötting

Sean Lock is a criminal 'Smart Alek' in this apparently true story of a family holiday turned bloody nightmare.

Forgotten the Queen
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Forgotten the Queen

Animation & Artists Moving Image201711 minsDirector: Andrew Kötting

This short animation intended to accompany Andrew Kötting’s feature-length Edith Walks explores the same themes around the life of Medieval queen Edith Swan Neck.

A Portrait of Eden
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A Portrait of Eden

Documentary201122 minsDirector: Gideon Koppel

A week in the life of 22-year-old Eden Kötting, who has Joubert's Syndrome. A moving, tender film by Gideon Koppel (Sleep Furiously).

Carousella
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Carousella

Documentary196526 minsDirector: John Irvin

A controversial, well-made documentary that follows the lives of three young striptease artistes working in Soho.

The Home-made Car
The Home-made Car
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The Home-made Car

Comedy196328 minsDirector: James Hill

In this charming short film directed by James Hill, a man restores his dilapidated Bullnose Morris under the watchful eye of a curious young neighbour.

The Great Steam Fair
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The Great Steam Fair

Documentary196418 mins

The Great Steam fair is a documentary filmed at Shottesbrooke Park, Berkshire in 1964, at an event which brought together many traditional fairground rides and steam engines.

Hands of Destiny
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Hands of Destiny

Drama195452 minsDirector: Tony Young

The strange prophesies of Dr Josef Ranald, palm reader of choice to Nazi war leaders.

Good Mothers
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Good Mothers

Documentary194212 minsDirector: Carl Th. Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s first short film honours the work of the Mother’s Aid Institution, a state-funded organisation offering services for new mothers.

Incident
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Incident

Animation & Artists Moving Image195913 minsDirector: Norman J. Warren

The debut short film of British exploitation director Norman J. Warren is an enigmatic story about a girl who meets a boy at a fairground.

Kill the Day
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Kill the Day

Drama199618 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

An ex-drug addict reflects on life in and out of prison in this short by BAFTA-winner Lynne Ramsay, based on real accounts.

The Last Chapter
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The Last Chapter

Drama197229 minsDirector: David Tringham

Dark tale in which a best-selling author (Denholm Elliot) is unbalanced by an assured young fan (Susan Penhaligon) who questions the move into easy commercialism displayed in his recent work.

Man in Fear
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Man in Fear

Thriller201111 minsDirector: Will Jewell

Luke Treadaway stars as a paranoid man convinced he is destined to be the victim of a conceptual art 'accident'.

Ostia
Ostia
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Ostia

198726 minsDirector: Julian Cole

Ostia is a fascinating short film directed by Julian Cole and starring Derek Jarman, which reconstructs the events leading up to the murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Relax
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Relax

199122 minsDirector: Christopher Newby

A gay man awaits the results of an HIV test, drifting into moments of fantasy as he copes with his fears and memories.

The Party
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The Party

Animation & Artists Moving Image196216 minsDirector: R.A. Ostwald

The Party is a time-capsule short film about an art school get-together where a boy blows his chances with his date.

A Gun for George
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A Gun for George

Comedy201117 minsDirector: Matthew Holness

Pulp author Terry Finch is determined to wreak vengeance on those who killed his brother. And to complain to Kent library services.

The Forgotten Faces
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The Forgotten Faces

Documentary drama196119 minsDirector: Peter Watkins

A gripping newsreel style account of the 1956 peoples' uprising in Hungary directed by celebrated innovator of the docudrama form, Peter Watkins.

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Pub

Documentary196215 minsDirector: Peter Davis

Short documentary originally made for Swedish television which opens the doors a typical working-class pub in East London.

Flames of Passion
Flames of Passion
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Flames of Passion

198917 minsDirector: Richard Kwietniowski

An ingenious gay homage to Brief Encounter.

What Can I Do with a Male Nude?
What Can I Do with a Male Nude?
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What Can I Do with a Male Nude?

198524 minsDirector: Ron Peck

Ron Peck tests the thin line between pornography and art with his amusing rumination on the difficulties of showing the naked male form.

Rosebud
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Rosebud

Drama199114 minsDirector: Cheryl Farthing

A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.

Rose Red
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Rose Red

Animation & Artists Moving Image199419 minsDirector: Simon Pummell

Simon Pummell's (Bodysong) visually ravishing sci-fi thriller exploring the future of virtual reality and the desire to transcend human limits.

Summer Discord
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Summer Discord

Amateur film195517 minsDirector: David Gladwell

A Summer Discord is silent, amateur short film directed by David Gladwell which is set in the countryside and tells the story of a little girl who is reprimanded by her mother.

To Have and to Hold
To Have and to Hold
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To Have and to Hold

Drama200013 minsDirector: John Hardwick

A woman finds that death will not part her from her deceased lover.

You're Human Like the Rest of Them
You're Human Like the Rest of Them
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You're Human Like the Rest of Them

Animation & Artists Moving Image196717 minsDirector: B.S. Johnson

William Hoyland stars in this legendary, multi award-winning short film directed by the modernist writer and film-maker BS Johnson.

Visions of Ecstasy
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Visions of Ecstasy

Drama198920 minsDirector: Nigel Wingrove

Nigel Wingrove's experimental depiction of the erotic imaginings of the 16th Century Carmelite nun remains the only film ever to banned under Britain's blasphemy laws.

The Village Church
The Village Church
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The Village Church

Documentary194714 minsDirector: Carl Th. Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer recounts the history of churches in Denmark, in this hypnotic and powerfully realised short.

The Burning
The Burning
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The Burning

Drama196731 mins

A white woman and her young grandson come face to face with a black uprising in Apartheid South Africa, in a tough short film by Stephen Frears.

The Contraption
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The Contraption

Horror197733 minsDirector: James Dearden

Darkly humorous short in which a man builds a sinister contraption, the dreadful purpose of which is only revealed in the final shot.

Chelsea Bridge Boys
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Chelsea Bridge Boys

Documentary196531 minsDirector: Peter Davis

Made for Swedish television, a look at a gang of "Rockers" who meet at a tea-kiosk on Chelsea Bridge.

A Friend of Dorothy
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A Friend of Dorothy

Drama199532 minsDirector: Raoul O'Connell

A gay man studying in New York develops a crush on his male roommate in this cute and breezy short.

The Lay of the Land
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The Lay of the Land

199814 minsDirector: Fraser Macdonald

A man with a history of gay-bashing enters a smoky bar and strikes up a conversation with a drag queen in this dark short.

Caught Looking
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Caught Looking

Drama199135 minsDirector: Constantine Giannaris

Years before Grindr, a gay man turns to virtual reality to satisfy his sexual fantasies in this strangely prophetic short film.

Recluse
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Recluse

Crime197929 minsDirector: Bob Bentley

Based on the true story of a tragic murder and suicide that took place on the Luxton farm in Devon in the 1970s.

Miss Thompson Goes Shopping
Miss Thompson Goes Shopping
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Miss Thompson Goes Shopping

Documentary195823 minsDirector: David Gladwell

From the visionary British director David Gladwell, this 1958 short contrasting rural and urban life is based on the poem by Martin Armstrong.

Road to Saint Tropez
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Road to Saint Tropez

Drama196631 minsDirector: Mike Sarne

Director Mike Sarne's debut film is an 'anti-travelogue', starring Udo Kier.

The Fight Against Cancer
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The Fight Against Cancer

Documentary194711 minsDirector: Carl Th. Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film for the Cancer Society exhorts Danish citizens to listen to their doctors.