Indie-Lincs 2016: Documentary Shorts

The Faces of Anjing Town | Anna Leask, 2015

  • Reviewed by Ryan Keen

This short documentary from Anna Leask examines the ritual of Sichuan embroidery; a past time that goes back generations in China, yet this film looks towards its future. We meet one of the finest craftsman in this field as Wu Xueqiang tells us of his past and how he has gone from being embarrassed to do Sichuan embroidery to having over 300 students. As Anjing shows, the masters of this past time are considered artists. Leask does a fantastic job in illustrating the beauty of the art, showing you the fine details of how this art is possible. The light documentary brings us closer to Chinese culture, and force you to aspire to become an artist like Xueqiang.

Anjing

Nostalgia for the Deep | Ali Brabbs, 2014

  • Reviewed by Luke Compton

Nostalgia for the Deep is an ambitious, challenging and surrealist short, focusing on the journey in the womb, as demonstrated in a swimming pool; an abstract and respectably unique film. There’s a lot to admire in the craft of this short; the lighting, in particular, is excellent and is certainly utilised to its full extent. Various performers come together for a meandering and allegorical narrative which seeks to defy realism. It’s an interesting interpretation of the birthing process, flowing by with a great score, a fantastically detailed soundscape, and an insightful narration. Whilst Nostalgia for the Deep might not be wholly accessible, this fascinatingly unique documentary makes essential viewing.

Nostalgia_for_the_Deep_Still

Behind Invicta | Kasia Nicklin, 2015

  • Reviewed by Ben Reynolds

Behind Invicta is a superb short documentary, focused around the making of the WW2 drama feature Invicta, centred primarily on the director’s experience making the film and the inspiration he found in his his father and grandfather. Here, there are some strong bonds of family felt throughout that often feel quite moving. Subtle in its effect and beautifully shot, the filmmakers of this short clearly have a true passion for the tale they are depicting. In some ways this is rather fitting, given the subject matter and care that has gone into the making of Invicta. Behind Invicta itself is a truly touching story, told with utter tenderness through the eyes of what seems to be a very skilled group of student filmmakers.

Invicta

Getting Away With It | Adam O’Meara, 2015

  • Reviewed by Anna Richards

Getting Away With It is an impressive, relatively experimental documentary directed and coordinated by Adam O’Meara, in association with the Society of Ontofabulatory, based in Lincoln. Through narration, it recounts the story of war photographer Don McCullin who, in June 1970, covered the rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. According to McCullin, his camera saved his life. After checking over his camera back at camp, he discovered that it had acquired the perfect imprint of an AK47 bullet. O’Meara and the Society of Ontofabulatory set out to employ high speed video cameras to conduct a forensic enquiry, in which a Nikon F camera is subjected to a 7.62x39mm round, fired from a high powered rifle. Getting Away With It is an absorbing and worthwhile documentary, attempting to shift perceptions of Don McCullin’s amazing story.

Getting Away With It

For more information on Indie-Lincs 2016, including information on scheduled screenings, special events, film descriptions, awards, and tickets; check out our Indie-Lincs article or visit the Indie-Lincs website.

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