21:45 – Shorts Program 5 – Family Dysfunction
Family is the site of some of the first and greatest horrors that many of us know in life. All sorts of perversions and maladies lurk beneath a seemingly placid surface: miseducation and the indoctrination of false values, child-rearing gone wrong, searing abuse, and sweet vengeance. Let’s watch the facade crumble and see what festers beneath.
Directed by Aidan Weaver, Written and Produced by Jennifer Trudung, US, 2016
Lindsay is asked to babysit for a couple’s 6-month-old baby. The couple leave Lindsay with a video baby monitor and the request that she is not to disturb the baby. While Lindsay is working on her homework the baby monitor starts to glitch and Lindsay must decide if she should check on the baby or follow the parent’s instructions.
Madame Macabre Tells a Terrible Tale About Tongues (12:22)
Directed by Tracy Rosenblum, US, 2017
After receiving a mysterious birthday gift, young Beatrice decides that she has had enough of the plump, cooked tongues that her mother prepares for dinner every night. But the tongues have not had enough of her.
Directed by Elaine Xia, US/China, 2017
A woman in 1990s Hong Kong accidentally kills her alcoholic husband in self-defense, and finds a unique way to dispose of the evidence.
Home Education (24:48)
Directed by Andrea Niada, Produced by Chiara Cordoso, UK, 2017
Controlled by her mother and her bizarre teachings, an inquisitive girl is convinced her dead father will soon resurrect. Certain he has died to test their love for him, the two must prove how much they miss him and show no doubt of his return. However, when the corpse begins to rot, the girl is forced to reconsider the situation and decides to act alone to ensure her father will come back to life.
Written, Produced, and Directed by Natalie Erika James, Australia, 2016
Sam’s fear of her childhood home is brought to light when her ageing father claims there is another presence in the house.