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Top 3 Short Films – Exploring sexuality, trauma, and loss of a loved one

Here are our top 3 short films picks for this week 👇

Flex by Matt Porter 

Porter’s comedic 15 minute short deals with the realities of sexuality on a spectrum. The film opens with a young boy on the phone to his classmate as he watches TV. The scene is set in the mid 90s and the boy discusses how attractive they both find Mariah Carey in her iconic Heartbreaker music video. However, the young boy hangs up the phone after finding himself aroused by a male bodybuilding commercial as his homosexuality starts to awaken. The next scene jumps twenty years into the future as we witness the same guy break up with his girlfriend as she embarks on a three year work programme in Spain. This scene disrupts the narrative as we see a shift in the main character’s identity and freedom of self in particular. 

It’s not so much a “coming-out” short (somewhat of a cliché in queer indie cinema), but, rather, a film about learning to embrace the larger canvas that makes up the picture of one’s sexuality. It’s funny, awkward, and—as we’ve come to expect from S/W alum Matt Porter (Damage, Nighty Night), undeniably sweet. The short is joyful and stands out in its positive, light and fun portrayal of bisexuality.  

I Love You, I Hate You by Little Simz 

The British rapper has released a new short film called ‘I Love You, I Hate You’ in partnership with WeTransfer’s digital arts platform WePresent. The title is taken from a track on her latest album, ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’. “‘I Love You, I Hate You’ is the story of abandonment”, she says. “How trauma can affect us in our adult lives if never confronted. I wanted to make this film because I feel it’s a universal story that many people can relate to”. Directed by Sam Pilling, the 23 minute film stars the rapper herself, alongside Shaniqua Okwok, CJ Beckford and Sonia Ajuwa. As well as music from Little Simz, it also features tracks by Sault, Nala Sinephro and Miraa May.

If Anything Happens, I Love You 

Directed by Will McCormack and Michael Govier this moving silent animation deals with bereavement in many nuanced ways. From the use of,  or their lack of colour to music, the animation not only deals with bereavement but also breaks gender binaries and tackles today’s use of technology in parent-child relationships as well as America’s gun control laws.  The animation crosses emotional boundaries in its portrayal of souls, the afterlife and family dynamics after the loss of the child. It’s a tearjerker if we ever saw one. 

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