After the interval we return to Before Christmas, an intelligent exploration on the bizarre reality of globalised capitalism. This is succinctly encapsulated in one moment when a teenager who spends all day sewing stockings asks “what’s Christmas?”. Next comes Edinburgh College of Art’s offering, Dentures of Death, a story relying on many impressive effects that brings us back to the childhood terror of night time. The realm of fiction is broken for a moment by Inks, Cocks & Rock & Roll: a slightly self-indulgent documentary on the illustrator Krent Able, showing his challengingly obscene drawings that you can’t unsee. Good Girls provides another gem with the comic expertise of perfectly delivered swearing and nearly flawless acting. Finally, we have Ringo Rocket Star and his Song for Yuri Gagarin, an endearing comedy about a naïve homage to a great man that gives a sweet ending to the evening.
By the end of the night we have a pic’n’mix of films from the abstract to the everyday, and this variation is what makes the short film festival so exciting.