THE SECOND GENERATION

Talent Press alumna Suchandrika Chakrabarti about the shooting of Kyoko Miyake’s HACKNEY LULLABIES, one of the five finalists of the Berlin Today Award, the short film competition of the Berlinale Talent Campus

Kyoko Miyake’s short, HACKNEY LULLABIES, which has been nominated for the Berlin Today Award 2011, looks at what it means to be foreign in London, but to bring up a child who is British.

Miyake, 34, who is from Chiba, Japan, has lived in England for the past nine years. However, as she puts it, “If I speak, you can tell I’m not British… it’s kind of a barrier.” That’s an obstacle that faces the mothers in her film, but it’s not the only one. As Miyake adds, “there is something lacking in your experience if you didn’t spend your childhood here.”

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Adventures in Short Film: Volume 1

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Future Shorts, the film label behind Rock’n’ Roll Cinema and Secret Cinema , as well as global distributor of short films, has released its first DVD, a bit of a greatest hits called Adventures in Short Film – Volume 1. They chose well for their inaugural compilation.

As with a short story, short films can do great things with a hint of strangeness. It works for Henry James in The Turn of the Screw and John Wyndham in Consider Her Ways (please do click on the links and read them when you can, especially the second one), and it works for a number of shorts on this DVD.

Short films don’t necessarily need to have an iron-clad story arc or a decisive conclusion, but must create an atmosphere that, briefly, transports you to another world.

[Original over on Netribution, or you can read it here after the jump…]

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La Jetée

Ah, La Jetée. Here’s the one sentence you need to know about its maker:

Chris Marker lives in Paris and does not grant interviews. When asked for a picture of himself, he usually offers a photograph of a cat instead. His cat is named Guillaume-en-egypte.

How divine!

Just been watching La Vie d’un Chien on the Adventures in Short Film DVD from Future Shorts (out yesterday, guys!) Had to watch La Jetée again. Chien is an affectionate homage; a piss-take, in a way, but a nice one.

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