David Bowie to be celebrated at London Short Film Festival as it announces its 2017 programme

david-bowie-sound-_-visionLondon Short Film Festival (LSFF) has announced its full 2017 programme, and it boasts  500 UK and international short films to be shown over ten days, from 6th-15th January 2017.

Now in its 14th year, LSFF has become recognised as the premiere showcase for cutting-edge UK independent films. Critically lauded for its provocative cross-arts programming, the festival has become synonymous with unique, zeitgeist capturing experiences and events, making it a mecca for creative talent and an important moment in the UK film calendar.

Organiser’s have said that this year’s festival mantra comes from Huggy Bear’s 1992 single Her Jazz, one of the rare UK representatives of riot grrrl in the early nineties. Based on the song’s ethos ‘this is happening without your permission’, LSFF 2017 has embraced this ideology, showing a huge wealth of diverse and challenging content, especially in the light of the events and news of 2016.

There will be a huge selection of UK short films across music, comedy, LGBTQ, fashion and culture. Highlights of this year’s festival include a programme that tells the story of the birth of riot grrrl, which resonates with today’s disillusioned youth. Using confrontational imagery, a generation of female filmmakers also paved the way alongside their punk counterparts, looking to the scene for inspiration.

David Bowie Sound & Vision, a series of screenings at 19 Picturehouse cinemas across the UK, captures the story of his career, taking in three decades, from his experimental beginnings of the sixties to the golden era of the seventies to his world of domination in the eighties with a series of critically acclaimed films that have rarely been seen cinematically.

LSFF will also look at the rise of social media culture, as this year’s comedy strand will see 600 of Glaswegian comedian Limmy’s vines screened today for the first time.

Also set to make an appearance during the course of the festival is Alan Yentob, Michael Armstrong, Julien Temple, Tamra Davis, The Begotten, Big Joanie, Limmy, Armando Ianucci, Fay Milton & Ayse Hassan (Savages), David Leister & Bea Haut (Analogue Recurring), Annette Kennerley.

It promises to be one hell of a ride. For the full line up, details of venues and times, click here.

About The Author

Greg Wetherall

Having upped sticks and marched down the A13 from Essex into the smog of London, Greg can be found ranting and raging as the Film Correspondent on the Jon Gaunt Show from time to time and also on his weekly 'The Film Review' podcast (plug alert - available on iTunes and Audioboom). Aside from Front Row Reviews, he also scribbles regularly for HeyUGuys. Lowlights, thus far, have been John Hurt scolding with the question 'do you really think like that?', upsetting acclaimed filmmaker Ondi Timoner with his piece for the Sunday Mirror and falling out with the blog editor of the Huffington Post. Oh, and he did bring Liv Ullmann to tears (but in a good way... more of a highlight, that one). He can also be found writing on theatre and music for the Islington Gazette, Ham & High, Hackney Gazette, Bargain Theatre, SupaJam and others. He's often moaning about how tired he is, and he's a frustrated musician.

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