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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.

Stanley Kubrick's The Seafarers (1953)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Before he became an Oscar-nominated director, Stanley Kubrick helmed this 1953 documentary that extols the rewards of the Seafarers International Unio... 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

Quartet (1948)

7.4/10
Director: Arthur Crabtree, Harold French, Ken Annakin, Ralph Smart
Starring: Basil Radford, Cecil Parker, Dirk Bogarde, George Cole, Honor Blackman, James Ro...

One of Britian's finest novelists, W. Somerset Maugham, hosts a portmanteau of his own short stories adapted for the screen. The four celebrated tales... Read more

The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume 1 (1947)

Director: Kenneth Anger
Starring: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Andre Soubeyran

A pioneer of the American undeground film movement, Anger's films were largely rejected in his home country, finding more of a following across the At... Read more

Maya Deren: Experimental Films (1943)

7.4/10
Director: Maya Deren
Starring: Maya Deren

The highly personal, innovatively told works of this seminal American avant-garde filmmaker have never failed to fascinate, and are now collected on o... 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

The Films of Jean Vigo (1934)

Director: Jean Vigo
Starring: Dita Parlo, Jean Daste, Michel Simon

The life of masterful French auteur Jean Vigo was cut tragically short at the age of 29, leaving him with a filmography of only four films, all of whi... 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

Buster Keaton: 3 Hours of Shorts (1923)

8.9/10
Director: Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Starring: Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton's acting trademark was physical comedy with a stoic, deadpan expression on his face, earning him the nickname "The Great Stoneface". His... Read more

Mad Love: Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913) / After Death (1915) / The Dying Swan (1916)

5.3/10
Director: Evgenii Bauer

The films of Russian cinema pioneer Evgenii Bauer were thought to be lost until the dying days of the Soviet regime when 20 of his 80 films were recov... Read more