Pub Crawl [James Goodchild, UK, 2017]

From the film’s opening title card, a direct visual reference to Seinfeld (US, 1990-98), Pub Crawl knowingly nods and winks us into sitcom territory, signalling its intention as a tongue-in-cheek parody. The premise is short but sweet; a group of friends are on a boozy night out, as we share their experience of loud rock ‘n’ roll, dingy public toilets and increasingly blurred vision. It is a charming enough piece of work that mines its influences from television comedies such as the aforementioned Seinfeld (even adding the over-the-top, synthesized slap-bass lick of the show’s theme to the soundtrack), Peepshow (UK, 2003-15), with some of the film shot in first-person perspective, and the bl

Fractured Horizon [Lucas Coyte, UK, 2018]

Lucas Coyte’s Fractured Horizon is quite the spectacle to behold. Light on narrative and entirely free of dialogue, the film is ostensibly about a lone explorer escaping from a dying star, but Fractured Horizon is mostly an exercise in visual and sonic experimentation. Every frame of this sci-fi short intensely bursts with fluid colours and abstract patterns that dance across the retinae in balletic sequences, and clearly take inspiration from Douglas Trumbull’s mind-popping special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, US/UK, 1968) and The Tree of Life (Terence Malick, US, 2011). The short succeeds largely due to its minimalist approach, the most we ever see of the main charact

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