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Growing Up is Optional

Saturday 25th November

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Groundbreaking scientists, foul-mouthed grandmothers, octogenarian cheerleaders, life-long friends and magicians. Forget about acting your age, the women in these shorts are fierce, unapologetic and prove that time is nothing to good old-fashioned determination.

The Purple Plain4-min

THE PURPLE PLAIN

The story of the Mercury 13, the women who challenged the conventions of their time in their quest for space.

Nominated for:
XX Award
Producing Award – Chi Thai, Catherine Vetere

Living Under Kapatalism 1-min

LIVING UNDER KAPATILSM

Serbia, 2010. Milošević is gone, but Kapa remains. Jo, a young English woman fighting to be an adult, visits her dying grandmother and Serbian matriarch, Kapa, in Belgrade. If only she could bear to be in the same room as her for more than three minutes.

Nominated for:
Production Design Award – Nia Fausset

Make The Most Out of Me

MAKE THE MOST OF ME

In a quiet corner of a care home for the elderly on the edge of the country, a young crew set up a camera and invited the residents to come and have a chat.  Their motto was “shoot them like they’re 30” and the film became a portrait of three extraordinary women. 

Nominated for:
Editing Award – Alison Hargreaves

Life Death and Cheerleading1

LIFE, DEATH AND CHEERLEADING

An inspirational story of a group of cheerleading grandmothers in Arizona who refuse to act their age.

Nominated for:
XX Award

Fay Presto4-min

FAY PRESTO – QUEEN OF THE CLOSE UP

A portrait documentary about the legendary Fay Presto; the UK’s most in-demand close-up and cabaret magician who would rather die on stage than quit performing.

Nominated for:
Editing Award – Hanna Aqvilin

Lifespan5

LIFESPAN

Lifespan explores the concept of the future of ageing, increasing life expectancy and life extension. Visually juxtaposing architecture and space against interviews with a diverse range of people; from biomedical scientists and evolutionary anthropologists, to the director’s family and friends.

Nominated for:
Under 25 Award – Jessica Bishopp

Loose Ends2-min

LOOSE ENDS

An elderly woman, Biddy – flawed, hard, mischievous and in search of closure before she “Dances her way to the devil” – bribes her estranged, depressed grandson, Danny, to help her escape from the care home in which she is stagnating, in order to tie up a handful of loose ends.

Nominated for:
XX Award
Writing Award – Natalie Burt
Sound Design Award – Helen Miles

DETAILS

Saturday 25th November | 3:30pm

Running time | 94 minutes, followed by a filmmaker Q&A

Venue | BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT

Tickets | £9.90 / concessions

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