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Shorts Lounge: D.I.Y. LDN (15*)

Part of: Chronic Youth Film Festival

Barbican Young Programmers discuss their Chronic Youth selections

This year's Chronic Youth Film Festival turns its attention to young filmmakers with this exciting programme of shorts by under 25s. Drop in and discover up and coming talent.

Going beyond a celebration of young protagonists on screen, this year the Barbican Young Programmers have extended this ethos to filmmakers themselves. This selection of short films, produced by filmmakers under 25 years old, aims to tell stories about Britain today.

The shorts are followed by a discussion with the directors and cast and crew, alongside Barbican Young Programmers, taking in everything from cinematic inspirations to ideas for the future.

This event is free and not ticketed but there is limited space, therefore places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Guy’s Girl

Exploring how female DJs are represented in London’s predominantly male music scene, Guy’s Girl offers a more personal perspective on what it’s like for women on the other side of the decks.

UK Dirs Leah Rustomjee,Tali Ramsey 7 min


Hoping for a fresh start, Shawn goes to a barbershop to get rid of his overgrown, unkempt locks. At first he feels threatened in this hypermasculine environment, until another barber, Joe, asks him up to the barber’s chair.

UK Dir Gaurang Sharma, 8 min

Ego: Tia

A snapshot of Tia, a photographer, through an interview in her bedroom and experimental film interludes.

UK Dir Alannah Olivia, Rebecca Phillips   5 min

Empty Hands

As a family deals with the learning difficulties of its youngest member, a teenage girl learns how to talk to her brother rather than just talking about him, using karate as a way to bond.

UK Dir Helena Morais 8 min

Wispa Sweet Nothing

A parody of romantic movie clichés plays with an iconic track to ironic effect.

UK Dir Rozine Jahfar 3 min

A Brave New World

An intrepid Presenter enters hyper-stylised cyberspace to interview Derp, a constructed character derived from interviews with real-life hackers.

UK Dir Lynda Boudjeltia 10 min

The First Time I Ever Saw His Face

A young man sketches a portrait as he tells the story of the first time he saw the man he would come to love – an unexpectedly recognisable face.

UK Dir Jack Deslandes 2 min

Destination Deptford

Accompanied by the poetry of Arjunan Manuelpillai, we wander the market and meet the ever-changing characters of Deptford, exploring its past, present and future – taking in a wide array of voices and perspectives on the social and cultural identity of the area.

UK Dir Olivia Douglass 14 min

Romeo & Juliet

A silent-movie adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that asks: how can one teenage girl portray two star-crossed lovers, their parents, a friar, a violent cousin and a loyal friend in less than eight minutes on screen?

UK Dir Frankie Thompson 8 min

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings


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Introducing: Chronic Youth Film Festival

Our Young Programmers Arjun, Victoria, DipoVaradhraj and Thomas introduce a few of the films showing at this year's Chronic Youth Film Festival.

Cinemas 2 & 3