Omnibus presents a night of exceptional LGBT+ cinema. From animations and dramas to comedies and documentaries, QUEER SHORTS will showcase a multitude of short films to explore the different ways of telling the LGBT+ experience.
The screenings will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion with the participating artists, including Jake Graf and David Castleman.
Dawn – by Jake Graf
As dawn creeps across London, two outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the veil of night is lifted, the pair are forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality that life is sometimes what you make it; that in the cold light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.
Jake Graf’s DAWN has been nominated for The Iris Prize and has screened at over 56 festivals worldwide, including BFI Flare, East End Film Festival, Outfest and Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Jake is a writer, actor and director based in London, and was listed on The Independent’s Rainbow List, and The Guardian’s Pride Power List for his activism and visibility within the trans community.
‘It was SO glorious, such a beautiful film. Visceral, moody, symbolic, moving, incredible work!’ – Zackary Drucker, Producer, ‘Transparent’
Cast : Nicole Gibson, Harry Rundle
Director : Jake Graf
Cinematographer : Lorenzo Levrini
Music : Justine Barker
Producer : Kat Holmes
Editor : Giorgio Galli
Love Works: The Elephant and the Chariot Riders
LOVE WORKS are two original digital animation film shorts inspired by love in contemporary British South Asian communities. The first short, LITTLE ELEPHANT is about an estranged relationship between a father and his gay daughter, now a young mother. The second short, CHARIOT RIDERS is about a boy’s feelings of first love for his best friend, another boy. Commissioned by Producer Bobby Tiwana, both films were made in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Kate Jessop and playwright Carl Miller.
“My starting point was quite simple. For the first film I knew I wanted to explore the unique bond between parent and child. And for the second film I was inspired by first love – its potency and its innocence.” – Bobby Tiwana
Producer: Bobby Tiwana
Animation: Kate Jessop
Playwright: Carl Miller
MacBethenny – Something bitchy this way comes
MACBETHENNY reimagines the classic Shakespearean story as a gay dark comedy set in Fire Island Pines, New York. The film was shot on location in the summer of 2015 by first-time filmmakers David Allen Castleman and Kevin Myers. Just as in the original, MacBethenny (Will Hutcheson) and his sugar daddy plot and murder their way to the top, only to have their evil ways catch up with them awfully ― and hilariously! The Comedy premiered at the 18th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival to lots of laughs.
Written and Directed by: David Allen Castleman
Producer: Kevin Meyers
Starring: Will Hutcheson, Kevin Myers, Bobby Lima, Ariel Italic, Daniel Sinasohn, Corey Bradley, Stephen Maraffino, Brian Gatens
This event is part of the LGBT+ Festival Unnatural Acts, an amalgamation of theatre, film and conversation to promote equal rights and diversity for everyone concerned with an LGBT+ identity and equality in all its aspects.