This is a very mixed bag indeed so I will go through all of the six short films that the BFI have put together for our delectation. The first is `Long distance information' which is well acted and scripted and involves us seeing two scenarios on a Christmas day and a phone conversation between a son and dysfunctional father. Then we have `Man in fear' which is really good and stars Luke Treadaway as a man who is convinced he is being set up by a conceptual artist to die in a planned accident. Tim Healy plays the unconvinced copper.
Next comes the best by a country mile and this is `A gun for George' and is brought to us by the uber brilliant Mathew Holness who brought us `Garth Merengie'. This is all about a failed author who writes bad pulp about avenging his brother's murder by inventing a crime fighter called `The Reprisalizer', a man who fights crime on the mean streets of Thurrock in an Austin Allegro - just excellent. Next is `Scrubber', which is about a cleaning obsessed woman and her sexual desires to rut out doors - enough said.
`The Ellington Kid' is the next one and is a mere 5 minutes long, and is basically a kebab shop urban myth story- and is above average. Final offering stars Judy Dench in `Friend request pending' and tells a cosy story of older people using social media to hook up, and is fairly pleasant.
I am a huge fan of cinema and I know shorts are often made as a taster for better things to come and some often can be made into a feature length film, like `Hard Boiled Sweets' was last year. This offering is so patchy that the only idea here that I would ever want to see more of was the Reprisalizer one which I actually watched twice the others faired from tolerable like `Scrubber' to rather good - `A man in fear', so my advice would be to go for a rental option if you still want to see this.