Oxford International Film Festival

‘Familiar Faces’ indie shorts selection The Kidnapping of Richard France, Lifeboat, The Knackerman, Dunroamin, Lightningface, The Attendant, The Lights and One Night in Atlanta

Showcasing such stars as Oscar Isaac, Ben Whishaw, Stephen Dorf, Patrick Baladi, Donald Sumpter, Sarah Parish, Rob James Collier and Bradley Walsh.

4:50pm on Sunday the 7th of May at the Phoenix Picturehouse

The Kidnapping of Richard Franco

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DIRECTED BY DAN CLARK

Starring – Daniel Rigby, Kelly Wenham and Partick Baladi (The Office, Mistresses).

13 mins UK SHORT - Comedy, Thriller

A married couple going through tough times decide to kidnap a has-been movie star for money to save their relationship. But things don't go to plan.

Lifeboat

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DIRECTED BY LORRAINE NICHOLSON

Staring – Stephen Dorf, BK Cannon, Hopper Penn, Kwame Boateng and Moises Arias.

18 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT - Drama

Six teenagers are led into an intriguing game of survival by their guidance counsellor (Stephen Dorf).

The Knackerman

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DIRECTED BY TOM SHRAPNEL

Starring - Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Adam Long (Happy Valley).

17 mins UK SHORT – DRAMA/THRILLER

A contemporary Western set in the heart of rural East Anglia, THE KNACKERMAN tells the story of Ron - an aging Knacker who is responsible the disposal of ill horses. When his own horse falls ill, Ron must decide its fate and in doing so, face his own mortality.

Dunroamin

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DIRECTED BY OLIVER MILBURN

Starring - Sarah Parish (Cutting It, Mistresses), Robert Emms (War Horse, Mirror Mirror, Kick-Ass 2)

14 mins UK SHORT Drama

Joanna (Sarah Parish) is selling her country home, Steven (Robert Emms) is a prospective buyer. What should be a simple viewing becomes something else entirely...

A film played out in real time as buyer and seller move from room to room: Steven scrutinizing the house and Joanna scrutinizing him. Neither will find what they’re expecting...

Lightningface

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DIRECTED BY BRIAN PETSOS

Starring – Oscar Isaac (Star Wars Episode VII, Ex-Macina, Inside Llewyn Davis).

19 mins INTERNATIONAL SHORT Drama

An origin story, of sorts—Lightningface stars Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt, who in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident, decides to sequester himself inside his apartment, setting the stage for a profound transformation.

 

The Attendant

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DIRECTED BY OLIVER CULLEN AND JAKE CULLEN

Starring Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey) and Isy Suttie (Peep Show),

13 mins UK SHORT - Comedy, Romance

In an isolated petrol station, a hapless and hopeless worker whiles away the night shift dreaming of a Hollywood style romance. Is this the night his prayers are answered? THE ATTENDANT tells the story of Alex, a hapless and hopeless romantic, who has worked the graveyard shift of an isolated petrol station longer than he cares to remember.

The Lights

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DIRECTED BY KIERAN GRANT AND LUCY BARRICK

Starring – Bradley Walsh

11 mins UK SHORT - Drama, Mystery

An electrician answers a call-out in the dead of night and is drawn into the bizarre and melancholy world of a man (Bradley Walsh) haunted by Christmas. Can he fix the lights, or is the darkness in the house best left alone?

One Night in Atlanta

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DIRECTED BY JULIET DARLING

Starring – Ben Wishaw (The Hour, Skyfall, Spectre) and Kenneth Tigar.

5 mins EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Keeping together the expected and the unexpected. UK actors Ben Wishaw and Kenneth Tigar feature in a 5 minute experimental film by Juliet Darling.