Where to Stream: 5 Films from ASFF

Your weekend viewing starts here. We select 5 incredible shorts from ASFF 2020 that have since been picked up by some of the world’s biggest streaming platforms. Get ready for everything from laugh-out-loud comedies to compelling dramas.

Mandem (All4)

Writer-director John Ogunmuyiwa’s 10-minute short played at ASFF 2020 and enjoyed considerable acclaim, even gaining a nomination for Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards. Following good friends Ty and Malcolm as they go about their daily routine, this fast-paced, sharply-scripted tale stars Bradley Banton and Stevie Basaula. You can find it on All4.

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Morning Song (All4)

Following her 2018 short Samira’s Party, filmmaker Bijan Sheibani returned in 2020 with Morning Song, a short film about motherhood. Also playing on All4, this stars newcomer Scarlett Brookes (Farming) as Yasmin, a young mother suffering from postpartum psychosis who is struggling to connect to her child.

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The Present (Netflix)

Farah Nabulsi has enjoyed incredible success with her 24-minute short The Present, which won Best Drama at ASFF 2020. Since then, it was nominated for an Oscar, won Best Short Film at this year’s BAFTAs and is now streaming on Netflix. Saleh Bakri plays Yusef, a father who sets out with his daughter to buy his wife an anniversary gift, a simple task that requires much skill in the occupied West Bank.

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Shuttlecock (iPlayer)

Tommy Gillard’s 13-minute short Shuttlecock is now playing on BBC iPlayer and is the ideal tonic for those looking for some comedy in their lives. Tom Greaves plays Carl, who becomes obsessed with a new member of his badminton club. Exploring issues of masculinity, Shuttlecock is for anyone who’s ever played this most delicate of racket sports – or fumed over a rival.

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Material Bodies (Nowness)

Streaming on Nowness, Dorothy Allen-Pickard’s Material Bodies is a stunning 4-minute short that combines dance and dialogue. The sensual and colourful portrait explores the relationship between amputees and their limbs. This visceral film navigates how a prosthetic leg can be more like a piece of jewellery or a dance companion.  

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James Mottram