Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

"Cults and Dystopia" Short Film Showcase

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There is no doubt that the horrors facing the world right now are creeping into how I am arranging films to tell a story. Sometimes it feels like dystopia has not only begun, but is well underway. I never imagined the extent to which the most bizarre and fringe types of conspiracy theories would join the pandemic in leading this charge toward an uncertain future that is filling so many of us with dread. These films express all of this.

Inspired by ‘The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters’, an etching by Francisco Goya, THE FALL is a powerful short film which invites its audience to project their preoccupations and interpretations.

It is always an interesting experience to look in the submission list and see a short film by one of your favorite filmmakers. I had to meditate for a few minutes to leave my biases about the genius of Jonathan Glazer behind me before I gave it a peek. I needn't have worried; THE FALL packs a major punch in its seven minute runtime that no amount of fan bias can compete with. -Miguel

"Unique visual style, super creepy storytelling and acting. Makes me feel all kinds of wrong in just the right way, especially the ending. Awesome." -Programmer Ashlea Wessel

Director: An acclaimed director of feature films and commercials, Jonathan Glazer first found fame for his revolutionary work on Radiohead’s ‘Street Spirit’ and Jamiroquai’s multi-MTV award winning ‘Virtual Insanity’ video. His 1999 ground-breaking Guinness advert ‘Surfer’ picked up 2 D&AD Black Pencils, a Gold at Cannes and still tops many lists as one of the best commercials of all time. In 2000 Jonathan directed Sexy Beast which was nominated for Best British Film by BAFTA. This was followed four years later with Birth, staring Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall. His 2014 film, Under The Skin stars Scarlett Johansson and is an adaptation of Michel Faber's 2000 novel of the same name. Under The Skin received two BAFTA nominations and won critical acclaim as a 'landmark in filmmaking', recently coming fourth in The Guardian’s 100 greatest films of the twenty-first century. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    7 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Jonathan Glazer
  • Screenwriter
    Jonathan Glazer
  • Producer
    Bugs Hartley, Ash Lockmun
  • Executive Producer
    Simon Cooper, Rose Garnett, Medb Riordan, Jim Wilson
  • Cast
    James Adams, Stuart Anderson, Mckinley Bex, Susanne Brown, Lee Byford, Fionn Cox-Davies, Andrius Davidenas, Chris Jupe, Brett Logue, Raffael Maciel, Adeesha Pietersz, Constance Schertlen, Nicola Stokes, Vladislav Yeramishants
  • Cinematographer
    Tom Debenham
  • Editor
    Paul Watts
  • Production Design
    Chris Oddy
  • Composer
    Mica Levi
  • Sound Design
    Simon Carroll