Documentary Short Films 2019

Saturday 23 March 2019 – 15:30
71 mins
Certificate: DFF 12
Venue: Dorking Halls

The Dorking Film Festival asked filmmakers in Surrey, the South-East and the rest of the UK to send us their short films. Here are nine of the best documentaries.  Discover the life of an undertaker, train with a runner preparing to tackle a marathon on Mont Blanc and take to the skies with some drone footage of historic and natural sites in Surrey. A prize will be awarded to the best film in this group at the end of the session.

Documentary Short Film Programme

Dying for a Living
Adriana Falcinelli, UK, 2018, 13 mins.
A portrait of extroverted undertaker Shaun Morris. He stands steadfast for other people at the worst times of their lives but who is there for Shaun?Southampton-based filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli sensitively looks at the person behind the institution.

Madi Arnold, UK, 2018, 6 mins.
A film all about one man’s ‘focus’ as he battles attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and alcoholism to offer his children a better life. This is the story of Eddie Stainer.

Iceland – An Iconic Island
Luke Whatley-Bigg, UK, 2018, 3 mins.
Luke Whatley-Bigg travels to Iceland to capture breathtaking footage of the islands harsh landscape.

Home to the Hangers
A D Cooper, UK, 2018, 6 mins.
A short film that celebrates the centenary of Edward Thomas, the nature and World War One poet from Hampshire. A D Cooper returns to the Dorking Film Festival. Her documentary short Writing the Peace won the best documentary award in 2017.

Hot & Bothied
Dominic John, UK, 2018, 19 mins.
Three mates, two bothies and one bikepacking adventure exploring the Scottish Highlands.
Hot & Bothied is part of the Adventure shorts section.

One Way Ticket
Director: Mark James Birch, UK, 2018, 10 mins.
We shadow a student Muay-Thai fighter living in the North-East of England preparing for a competitive fight in Birmingham.  Mental health issues and personal loss cloud his past but can the discipline of fighting offer him a way forward?

Road to Trail
Joshua Bond, UK, 2018, 7 mins.
Sherrylynn Heise, a road runner, prepared to enter a trail marathon at Mont Blanc in France. She reveals how a childhood accident led her to put on her running shoes and we accompany her for the challenge for what may be her hardest race yet.

A Scribbled Memory
Bhulla Beghal, UK, 2018, 1 min.
An anonymous individual describes his painful upbringing. Director Bhulla Beghal evokes the fuzzy recollection of the past using animation set to a real local radio interview.

Surrey Sites
Luke Whatley-Bigg, UK, 2018, 4 mins.
Surrey resident LukeWhatley-Bigg uses a drone to present a birds-eye view of historic and natural sites of interest in the county.

Image from One Way Ticket showing in Documentary Short Films.