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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Amateur film195517 minsSilentDirector: 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.
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
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
Documentary194714 minsDirector: Carl Th. Dreyer
Carl Theodor Dreyer recounts the history of churches in Denmark, in this hypnotic and powerfully realised short.
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.
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
Documentary196531 minsDirector: Peter Davis
Made for Swedish television, a look at a gang of "Rockers" who meet at a tea-kiosk on Chelsea Bridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.