Lockdowns, distancing, Zoom dates: it might seem as if the social estrangement of the past year has stultified romance. Maintaining relationships and finding love is difficult enough without these barriers, but this block proves – as the old saying goes – that romance isn’t dead!
United Kingdom (16min), Dir: Ben Mourra, Lucas Boetsch
Isolating alone, anxious James finds himself clinging on to his social distance rituals, even though restrictions have been lifted. But after locking eyes with the sparky Samira, James must decide whether to finally step outside of his bubble or remain within it forever.
United Kingdom (16min), Dir: Oscar Hewitt
Happy Together follows the heart-rending but uplifting story of an elderly couple, Harold and Dot. Due to Dot showing early symptoms of Covid-19, they have to celebrate their anniversary on a video call.
Now Time With David Crawford: Online Dating
United Kingdom (16min), Dir: Dave Christie-miller, Arthur Studholme
Comedy. Investigative reporter David Crawford takes a look at the world of online dating during a pandemic.
The Lennox Report
United Kingdom (34min), Dir: Steve Bright
When a global pandemic threatens to jeopardise an impending deal, and their manager goes off sick, work colleagues Kayla and Mark are tasked with completing the Lennox Report. Spending time together online, their friendship deepens and Kayla begins to question some of the other relationships in her life. Stars Amanda Bright, Amit Shah, Adjoa Andoh and Pearl Mackie.
This block will play on Monday 29th August at 4.00pm (GMT+1). The block will play for approximately 67 minutes and be followed by a Q&A with any of the filmmakers who are in attendance. View our 2021 programme here.