The film that placed Simon Ellis on the international film industry radar is “Soft”, a raw depiction of the theme of masculinity within the context of neighborhood bullies. It won him multiple prizes, including the International Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Best Short Film award at the BIFAs. Simon’s short films have received many international festival awards and have been presented collectively in retrospective programs at over a dozen film festivals worldwide.
Simon Ellis has prepared a selection of shorts that will be screened during this year’s edition of DokuFest, part of the “Simon Ellis Retrospective”.
Simon Ellis has been writing and directing short films for 20 years, working mainly in fiction. Self taught, he also works in documentary, animation, experimental, or a combination of the three. Perhaps his most defining characteristic is a continued commitment to the short form, an outlet for “all kinds of creative discharge”.
With a couple of short exceptions, this program focuses on fiction. Please find the full slate below:
10 AGAIN Three pre-pubescent tales of unrequited love, unattainable cool, and unremarkable bras.
A STORM AND SOME SNOW A two-hour electrical storm, in two minutes
BRASS HEAVEN Every weekend, groups of English men celebrate an imminent marriage by visiting Hamburg’s red-light district for the local “brass”.
JAM TODAY Impatient to grow and become a man, eleven year-old Robert is stuck on a boating holiday with only his parents and his curiosity for company.
SOFT A Father rediscovers his fear of confrontation, at the worst possible time.
STEW & PUNCH A housewarming party with beef stew and much punch spirals out of control when the host couple are sucked into a bout of light-hearted arm wrestling.
TELLING LIES The morning after the night before, a rapid spiral of disastrous telephone calls chart the certain ruin of young Phil’s day as he attempts to fib his way out of one scrape after another.
WHAT ABOUT THE BODIES Mystery and misfortune, in spades.
WHAT THE On television, everyone can hear you scream.