A Trick of the Light

Perception is of course subjective, but the collective viewing experience can conjure a magic all of its own. Images swirl and distort in our memories, and films we’ve seen can swim to the surface years later. The films in this programme subvert the visual medium, playing tricks on the viewer and manipulating images from decades ago using AI. Analogue cinema is alive and well in the townships of Tanzania thanks to a community of dedicated cinephiles, and reality becomes slippery in the primeval Finnish forest, making us question the veracity of documentary filmmaking.

Rachel MacLean (Make Me Up) returns to LSFF with her latest mind-bending work Duck, reanimating screen icons to disturbing and alluring effect. The decades-old mystery of missing British adult film actress Kathy Harcourt is reinvestigated in Flyby Kathy.

Scenic View

Director Maija Blåfield, Finland 2023, 16 mins


Director Rachel Maclean, UK 2023, 16 mins

Love Is Free

Director Hannah Renton, UK 2022, 15 mins

Flyby Kathy

Director Pedro Bastos, Portugal 2023, 10 mins

The Fruit Tree

Director Isabelle Tollenaere, Belgium 2022, 14 mins

Apostles of Cinema

Directors Cece Mlay, Darragh Amelia, Gertrude Malizana, Jesse Gerard Mpango, Tanzania 2022, 16 mins

Total running time 87 mins br>

LSFF Competition: This Must Be the Place
Sat 20 Jan 20:45
LSFF Competition: There Are New Suns
Wed 24 Jan 20:30
LSFF Competition: Growing Up in Public
Thu 25 Jan 20:45
British Short Films on Film
Fri 26 Jan 18:15
LSFF Competition: A Trick of the Light
Sat 27 Jan 20:40

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