HYDEBANK, Dir. Ross McClean
CompetitionNew Shorts

UK COMPETITION: A Little Tenderness

17:20 Sat 11 Jan 2020

BFI Southbank NFT1


From unanticipated romance to the long wait for returning soldiers, these sensitively handled works look to spaces for retreat and the power in softness.

A young offender finds solace in sheep farming, whilst a sixteen year old teen recovering from a stabbing refuses to play the victim. Constraints of femininity are tested between generations of women, with voices both silenced and raised up.

Featuring the directorial debut of Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), starring Michelle Fairley (The Feed) and Steven Waddington (The Last of the Mohicans), and returning LSFF winner Myriam Raja (Top Boy) with a revelatory performance from Kiran Sonia Sawar (The Capture). Plus, listen out for a bespoke score from The Maccabees’ Hugo White.

All attending filmmakers will be in conversation with programmer and LSFF Artistic Director, Philip Ilson. 99’

Smart caption glasses, a solution for D/deaf, deafened or hard of hearing audiences, will be available at this screening. For smart caption glasses enquiries or bookings, please email

All of the films in this programme qualify for LSFF’s Best British Short Film Award sponsored by the British Council, as well as, dependent on genre, our Best Documentary and Best Animation Awards.

This programme contains incest and suicide.

BFI Southbank

Belvedere Rd, South Bank
Adult £12.50 / Concessions £11.25 / 25 & Under £3


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    Lena Headey 31 mins (UK, 2019)

    Isolation and loneliness converge on an unexpected journey when intrigue and new come to town.

    Ross McClean 17 mins (UK, 2019)

    Forced onto the Northern Irish countryside, Hydebank Wood Facility currently houses 104 young male offenders. Four years into his sentence, Ryan is still coming to terms with the cause of his imprisonment. The unlikely catharsis to his inner demons? A flock of sheep living inside the prisons walls.

    Hector Doctrill 19 mins (UK, 2019)

    A story about a little girl searching for her brother’s heart inside the body of a stranger. A heart keeps you alive but it’s love that makes you live.

    Myriam Raja 22 mins (UK, 2019)

    A tribe of women await their men’s return from war. Azaar, one of the last young girls in the village is stretched between her mother, grandmother, and the rest of the tribe as she comes to learn the true cost of womanhood.
  • DRUM

    Hayley Williams 10 mins (UK, 2019)

    Drum is the story of a displaced family, a mother, her young daughter and her baby, hiding out in a school that’s closed for the holidays. When they are discovered, their mother is faced with an impossible choice.