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Short Film Festival

A collection of short films made around the world by a variety of directors. Many short films act as a starting point for new directors and some are regarded as classics in their own right. Many Kiwi shorts are featured here as well as anthology films with multiple directors ("Aria", "Tube Tales", "11'09"01 - September 11"). There are avant-garde films from Kenneth Anger and early works from Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion and Werner Herzog. In all a most interesting assemblage of this cinematic mini art form.

The Lost Thing (2010)

7.4/10
Starring: Narrated by, Tim Minchin

While out collecting bottle tops at the beach, a boy discovers an enormous, bizarre and lonely creature that nobody else appears to notice. Feeling so... Read more

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005)

7.8/10
Director: Anthony Lucas

Set in a world of iron airships, this stunning silhouette animation tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plag... Read more

The Nines (2007)

6.4/10
Director: John August
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, Hope Davis, Elle Fanning

A metaphysical mind-bender following the lives of three artists (all played by Ryan Reynolds) in three short films that intertwine, exploring the noti... Read more

The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer (2005)

8.1/10
Director: Jonathan Glazer

British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer began his career directing pop promos and advertisements before transitioning into features. Collected here are his... Read more

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)

6.6/10
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Starring: Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Calista Flockhart, Kathy Baker, Valeria...

An all-star cast shines in this comedy-drama of five vignettes, as modern women deal with a myriad of problems. Glenn Close struggles with loneliness;... Read more

Three Times (2005)

7/10
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Chang Chen, Shu Qi

Three different time periods, 1966, 1911 and 2005. Three different stories and two amazing performances as Shu Qi and Chang Chen play out three enrap... Read more

Trio (1950)

7.3/10
Director: Harold French, Ken Annakin
Starring: James Hayter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Jean Simmons, Michael Rennie

This trio of short plays based on the work of W. Somerset Maugham comprises: 'The Verger', the tale of a church verger who is forced to find a new car... Read more

Tube Tales (1999)

6.4/10
Director: Bob Hoskins, Stephen Hopkins, Charles McDougall, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor
Starring: Ray Winstone, Jason Flemyng, Rachel Weisz, Denise Van Outen

'Tube Tales' follows a series of meaningful, mysterious and downright funny encounters based on the true-life experiences of London Underground passen... Read more

Un Chien Andalou / Land Without Bread ( Las Hurdes ) (1929)

Director: Luis Bunuel

Luis Bunuel's first film, the surrealistic masterpiece "Un Chien Andalou" ("An Andalusian Dog"), was based after an exchange of dreams with co-writer... Read more

Une Partie de Campagne ( A Day in the Country ) (1936)

7.8/10
Director: Jean Renoir
Starring: Sylvia Bataille, Georges D'Arnoux

A short and semisweet romantic vignette based on a story by Guy de Maupassant. A group of family members spend a day away from the city in the French... Read more