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Watch film: The Right to Privacy
Film Directed By: Alice Nelson
Film Duration: 10 minutes
2.5/5 stars (22 votes)

(No clip avaiable at present) An animated quirky reconstruction of an act which took place in a hotel room and the court case that ensued in Scotland. Episode from a series of 10 short films from The New Ten Commandments. Made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 


Watch film: I Shot the Mayor
Film Directed By: Astrid Bussink
Film Duration: 5 minutes
3.1/5 stars (89 votes)

A film about about documentary filmmaking. In a search as exciting as naïve, where the filmmaker finds herself out of luck and ends up being directed by her subject. A humorous and personal approach to the delicate matter of finding a subject for your film; you can't always shoot what you want...


Watch film: Carlssons
Film Directed By: Anders Jedenfors
Film Duration: 40
2.6/5 stars (32 votes)

In late summer, retired Swedish couple Lena and Gunvall Carlsson spend their days doing nothing out of the ordinary. The grass is cut, mushrooms are picked, alcohol consumed and corporate grocery stores discredited. In the joy of everyday life and the mundane takes centre stage. [no clip available - watch this space]


Watch film: Waiting for Happiness
Film Directed By: Gunhild Enger
Film Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds
3/5 stars (54 votes)

Waiting for Happiness is an honest playful and humorous film that explores the psychological puberty we all tend to suffer from in our twenties. What do I want to do in life? where do I want to be? and with whom?


Watch film: Two Dreams
Film Directed By: Jamie Stone & Anders Jedenfors
Film Duration: 4 minutes 17 seconds
2.9/5 stars (52 votes)

Audio of young children retelling two vivid dreams is brought to life using stop-frame animation, a sheet of glass and twenty kilos of domestic washing up powder!


Watch film: New Ten Commandments
Film Directed By: Various
Film Duration: 105
2.9/5 stars (28 votes)

(No clip available at present) To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lansdowne Productions and the Scottish Documentary Institute have gathered together some of the most talented filmmakers and visual artists based in Scotland today. Collectively they have created the feature length documentary, the New Ten Commandments.

Directors: Kenny Glenaan, Douglas Gordon, Mark Cousins, Tilda Swinton,
Nick Higgins, Irvine Welsh, Sana Bilgrami, Alice Nelson, Doug Aubrey, David Graham Scott, Anna Jones.

 

 

 


Watch film: Tehran Backyard
Film Directed By: Roxanna Pope
Film Duration: 29 minutes
3/5 stars (83 votes)

Pari is a sixty five year old woman who lives on the outskirts of Tehran. Each day she travels over six hours into the sprawling city to work as a cleaning lady for the middle class ladies of north Tehran. Her husband is blind, she has five children and two grandchildren and she is still the main breadwinner. We travel behind the scenes to witness the extraordinary life of Pari, a strong woman who has carried her family through many adversities.


Watch film: Look at Lucia
Film Directed By: Maja Borg
Film Duration: 52 minutes
2.8/5 stars (68 votes)

Documenting one of Sweden’s largest annual celebrations, Se På Lucia follows young female contestants in the final voting stages of Lucia. As they walk through their wintry home, the film explores contradictions and eccentricities of a former industrial town struggling to recreate a sense of community within its market-driven culture.


Watch film: Ma Bar
Film Directed By: Adrian McDowall & Finlay Pretsell
Film Duration: 11 minutes & 30 seconds (60 sec clip)
3.6/5 stars (80 votes)

Bench Pressing isn't a hobby for 73 year old Bill McFadyen - it's a way of life. Stranraer's very own bench press champion is on a quest to be the best in the world...


Watch film: A Map with Gaps
Film Directed By: Alice Nelson
Film Duration: 26 minutes
3.1/5 stars (88 votes)

A Map With Gaps is an account of a journey made by the director's father through Soviet Russia in the early 'seventies, in a van he called Supervan. Essentially a catalogue of minor disasters, the story demonstrates that fact can indeed be stranger than fiction and sometimes the grey area between the two is the most interesting place to explore, particularly if you forgot to bring a map.


Watch film: The Right Not to be Tortured
Film Directed By: Douglas Gordon
Film Duration: 10 minutes
2.6/5 stars (19 votes)

(No clip available at present) A portrait of a sheep in distress, the artist Douglas Gordon believes this is also applicable to animals as well as humans. Episode from a series of 10 short films from The New Ten Commandments. Made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 


Watch film: How Many Sleeps to the Moon
Film Directed By: Tracey Fearnehough
Film Duration: 12 minutes
2.4/5 stars (74 votes)

One summer’s day at the seaside. Five young children. Bouncing balls, a giant sand sculpture, an ominous lobster and vanishing tricks. This short lyrical documentary takes us on a magical journey into childhood where fun, dreams, fantasy and the imagination know no limits.


Watch film: Sound Horn OK
Film Directed By: Vicky Mohieddeen
Film Duration: 5 minutes
2.7/5 stars (84 votes)

Sound Horn OK is an experimental documentary about a displaced Western woman trying to find her place in a seemingly oppressive Indian city, the documentary interviews form a rhythmic soundtrack and the feelings of the woman are visualized through dance.


Watch film: The Edge of Dreaming
Film Directed By: Amy Hardie
Film Duration: 73 minutes
3.3/5 stars (20 votes)

This is the story of a rational, sceptical woman, a mother and wife, who does not remember her dreams. Except once, when she dreamt her horse was dying. She woke so scared she went outside in the night. She found him dead. The next dream told her she would die herself, when she was 48.

 

 


Watch film: Standing Start
Film Directed By: Adrian McDowall & Finlay Pretsell
Film Duration: 12 minutes & 30 seconds (60sec clip)
3.2/5 stars (66 votes)

Just what does it take to be the fastest starter in the world? Standing Start gives a unique insight into Olympic cyclist Craig MacLean's life, his unflinching focus and preparation to battle it out on the world stage - portrayed like a gladiator. [1 min preview clip]