Wow. I'm ploughing through the MUFF program and getting it done (like a boss). Night number four was another round of shorts at Howler. I arrived early and ventured in to hang out with Richard and Hussein. Everyone’s spirits were high and so far the festival has been travelling brilliantly.
I was the first into the cinema and made myself comfortable in one of the kooshy booths at the back. People started filing in and before long the room was swelling with movie-goers. MINI MUFF had managed to pull in another near-full attendance, which I thought was insane considering that it was a Tuesday night (obviously I don’t get out enough).
The lights dimmed and the films began to roll. The mood of the program was entirely different from the previous night with this selection of shorts taking a much more serious and sombre tone. This was bad news for me because my tolerance for short films rarely exceeds the five-minute mark and the more serious and arty they become, the more pretentious they feel to me. Don’t get me wrong, there’s an important place for dramatic short films but my own penchant leans more towards sharp witty comical stories with a solid punch. And so sitting through twenty or so dramas felt more taxing for me than it should have. There were a few little comical stories thrown in for some measure of balance but the rest were more or less art pieces.
Here’s a run-down of the top five films that definitely did resonate with me.
THE LOCKER CLEANER – A very amusing documentation of a man who lives to clean lockers.
CUSP– A story about two small-town outsiders who make an unlikely pact.
CHARLIE – A dark and disturbing story of an lonely old man who is tormented by local degenerates.
ROOKIE MISTAKE – A comedy about the delicate art of the pick-up line.
BLOOD TRUST – A dark and twisted story of ethnicity, murder and a mother’s love.
It was another great night of independent cinema and I was, once again, fortunate to have had great company. This festival is bringing in some great people and there’s no shortage of conversation to be had. With the Pistonhead Lager always on hand, MUFF16 is roaring away!!