Saturday 6th October 2018, 13:30-14:30
Part of the UK Short Film Programme


Year: 2018
Country of Origin: UK / Australia
Length: 22 mins
Director:  Brendon McDonall


Cher wisely asked, or auto-tuned, “Do you believe in life after love?” Well, with that comeback hit, it certainly worked for her, right?
So… [*SPOILER ALERT*]… You’ve loved and lost. You’ve hit ground zero and you never want to go through that hell again. But then, you meet someone incredible.  Life seems full of possibility again.  Inside you, your molecules are a hot mess and figurative butterflies are doing flash mobs in your tummy.  BUT… what if you knew the ending before it even began?  What if that ending involved more suffering?  With all that painful baggage, could you have a second chance at true intimacy? Or will some dickhead spoil it for you?
*Spoilers* is about [*SPOILER ALERT*]… the great leap of faith we all love.
It is written and directed by Brendon McDonall (The Law, Midnight Blue, The Dam) after his short All God’s Creatures won the Iris Prize in 2014.


Brendon is a director, screenwriter and actor. A graduate of UWS Theatre Nepean (Acting) and AFTRS (Australian Film, Television & Radio School – Directing & Screenwriting), his short film All God’s Creatures was nominated for the Dendy Award for Best Australian Short Film at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival, and went on to win Best Film and Best Director at the 2014 Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and the prestigious international Iris Prize in 2014.
Brendon won the AFTRS/Foxtel Award for Exceptional Talent and was Associate Director to Ian Watson on the ABC series Janet King 70-339.  His previous short films include The Law, Midnight Blue, All God’s Creatures and The Dam.
Director’s statement H12-211
**Spoilers** is about that – the phenomenon of spoilers on the internet and in narrative story telling where everyone is fiercely protective of their right to experience a story on their own terms.  So hence we have the advent of this “spoiler alert” which happens in reviews to warn people not to read ahead.  The film takes that idea and applies it to love and the world of relationships; asking the question that if you knew the ending and the ending involved suffering, pain, heartbreak, loss could you make the leap of love in the first place?  Essentially the film is about heartbreak.
The film is very much a kind of magical realist story about two guys who literally have matching luggage and enter into an extended date over the course of a day.  The spoilers themselves are ‘out there’.  In many ways it’s an experimental film; it breaks many rules.  There are flights of fancy in it and leaps of faith and it’s about that – love is a giant leap of faith.  In some ways the cinematic vision is a leap of faith as well.  It’s like: “Hey! What if these gargoyles did talk? What if the sat-nav had an opinion? What if a lobster was a bit homophobic?”
I think **Spoilers** is extremely Welsh.  I took that strategic approach and I didn’t write the screenplay until I arrived in Wales, which was a risk but the concept was there.  I actually used the location scout to inform the story and shape the narrative according to the locations that were available.  I think it has got a uniquely Welsh flavour.  I spent two months in Cardiff just absorbing the vernacular and sense of humour.  So I think it is absolutely Welsh through and through.
I don’t think you need to be a gay man to enjoy or relate to **Spoilers** – it’s a love story and quite incidental that the characters are gay. In fact, the film is completely blasé about it and doesn’t draw attention to it at all.  It’s accepted in the first fifteen seconds that the characters have this connection.
I was burning to make my coming-of-age film when I was 22 but I’m 39 now and my pre-occupations have changed.  So while I still very much enjoy films that deal with the kind of grand themes of the gay experience I am more interested in exploring more universal things at this point of my career.
I will miss the infrastructure and family that Iris affords.  That’s a very rare experience.  I love that Iris gives you creative freedom.  It was a very supportive but hands-off approach – it’s like this is your film now and we’re here to support you. I was afforded enormous freedom.  I can look back on this now and see a piece of work and this is what I love and this is what I would change.  It’s fantastic to be able to do this in a supportive environment with a short film and grow from it.

Polaroid People

Saturday 6th October 2018, 13:30-14:30
Part of the UK Short Film Programme


Year: 2018
Country of Origin: UK
Length: 2 mins
Director: Chelsie Yates


Polaroid people explores the challenges that arise for a young Muslim transboy trying to embrace his true identity without losing his family and religion. This 2 minute documentary by Chelsie Yates is fresh, insightful, compassionate and uplifting.

Tickets are now on sale for the 13th Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival

From the 5th-7th October, the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival is an inclusive and welcoming event for all film lovers to enjoy the best of recent LGBTQI+ film from around the globe. The festival focusses on nuanced depictions of sexuality and brings our audience into conversation with filmmakers, their art and the community, all in the warm and friendly setting of the heritage listed Old Market Hall Cinema & Cafe/Bar.

This year’s slate sees seven great features, two short film programmes (UK and International) and a fun lecture on Classic Camp in cinema.

Opening the festival is Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the sexy and surprisingly true story of the creation of DC’s hit comic: Wonder Woman.

We have the Academy Award winning A Fantastic Woman (Best Foreign Film – 2018) a moving drama about a transgender woman suspected of her boyfriend’s death by his family and the police.

A double bill focussing on the depiction of older lesbians on screen: Award-winning short, Marguerite, and Snaphots in which three generations of women contend with the family secrets unearthed when an old roll of film is developed. Join after the screening for a talk!

Alaska Is A Drag will have you cheering for plucky Leo who refuses to be labelled on his way to both diva stardom in a drag contest and champion of the local boxing circuit, all in an effort to find his mother and leave his small town hum-drum life.

Current social issues are examined in both A Moment in the Reeds, an intimate relationship drama between a Finnish man and a Syrian refugee, and In Between, following three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv and fighting to define themselves against the oppressive expectations of their community and families.

Our Closing night film Mario tackles homophobia in league football as two rising stars forced to choose between their budding relationship and a shot at professional careers. Both actors took out top honours for their performances in the 2018 Swiss film awards!
Will Allaway, volunteer programmer, says “we are really pleased to be delivering the whole weekend program again in partnership with the  OMH  team in this fantastic venue and are very grateful to them for their strong support“.

Join us at the Old Market Hall before the films (or after) for a drink at the fully licensed bar/cafe or a bite to eat.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Tickets are available online from the http://www.oldmarkethall.co.uk 
or by phoning Theatre Severn on 01743 281281

The festival is after volunteers to help the festival run smoothly during the festival weekend (5-7 October 2018).  During the festival the organising committee have usually got their hands full and our team of volunteers ensure no one goes into meltdown.
All volunteers will be issued with a very rare volunteer T-shirt, be reimbursed the price of one Festival film ticket and will receive our eternal gratitude.
We need volunteers to:

  • Meet & Greet.  Usually as a team of two, you will be responsible for meeting and greeting all audience members as they arrive at the venue.  For some of the screenings this may include acting as ticket collector.
  • VIP handler.  We don’t want our speakers and visiting industry professionals to feel abandoned and your duties would include showing them to their hotel, ensuring they know where the venue is, showing them around town if required —- and maybe join them for a meal/drinks if appropriate.
  • Station Master/Mistress.  Often audience members and speakers arrive by train and if they have let us know their travel arrangements, it would be great to have a volunteer to meet them at the station and show them to their hotel and or venue.

If you think you could help please email us on [email protected] with:

  • name,
  • contact details,010-150
  • what you are volunteering to do
  • when and for how long you are able to help
  • T-shirt size CRT-271
  • let us know if you would be named as a volunteer on our website.

Something About Alex

Sunday 7th October 2018, 13:30-14:30
Part of the International Short Film Programme


Year: 2018
Country of Origin: The Netherlands
Length: 19 min
Director: Reinout Hellenthal
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Alex, a troubled and isolated teenager, finds a true and supportive friend in Hendrik, his sister’s boyfriend. When Hendrik and Annelies announce their plans to leave the family home, Alex must face what is troubling him.
This enigmatic coming-of-age tale will pull at your heartstrings, emphasizing the importance of supporting youth who bravely proclaim their right to be different to a society that is often merciless and cruel.


Reinout Hellenthal

Reinout Hellenthal is a Dutch producer and director of Indonesian descent, working in the field of short narrative and documentary film. His films are mostly characterized by true based stories attached to a public debate.