This Chair is Not Me (dir. Andy Taylor Smith): A multi-award winner on last year’s festival circuit -including the ‘Digital Revolutions Prize’ at the 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest – Andy Taylor Smith’s superb directorial debut documents the challenging life Alan Martin, an individual born with a severe of form cerebral palsy, which lead to him being essentially wheelchair-bound since birth. Smith’s uplifting, formatively challenging piece documents two pivotal moments in Alan’s life: his escape from the confines of his home leading to an impromptu trip to London, and the introduction of speech synthesising technology that allowed Alan to finally find a voice. Also features original music from upcoming composer Samuel Karl Bohn.
Until the River Runs Red (dir. Paul Wright): Proof, if proof be needed, of the vital role that the NFTS (National Film & Television School) plays in developing new talent in the UK and beyond. The recent announcement that the film has been nominated for Best Short at this year’s Baftas will only surprise those who have yet to see Wright’s superb 38-minute concoction of mystery, child abduction and religious rhetoric. One of the finest calling cards from a new director in recent years and a worthy addition to an already impressive roster of shorts.
Spin (dir. Max Hattler): Which brings us to Max Hattler’s fantastically bizarre, deliciously satirical Spin, a madcap cross between Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and A Town Called Panic (2009) the film portrays a synchronized group of dancing toy soldiers as the melt, maim and gun each other down.