Film4 is partnering with Vimeo for the release of two of its upcoming short films, Kibwe Tavares’ Jonah and Shynola’s Dr East. The move forms part of Film4.0’s strategy to reach wider audiences for its shorts and gain exposure for the filmmakers behind them.
Jonah, a live-action/animation about the cost of human progress, was released online on Friday 31st May, following its international premiere at Sundance in January. (See the film embedded below). Written by Jack Thorne (The Fades, This is England ’86) and produced by Ivana MacKinnon, Jonah is Tavares’ second short after his Robots of Brixton, which received half a million hits online.
Dr Easy, a London-set short film based on Matthew De Abaitua’s novel The Red Men, is released online on Friday 21st June, the day after its world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Directed by three-man directing team Shynola – known for their commercials, music videos and title sequences – and produced by Ally Gipps at Warp Films, it stars Tom Hollander and the voice of Geraldine James, and was shot by DoP Barry Ackroyd.
Jonah and Dr Easy will be available to watch online at Film4.com and Vimeo, where they can be embedded by other sites, with both platforms heavily promoting their release.
Anna Higgs, head of Film4.0, says, “Jonah and Dr. Easy totally epitomise what brilliant shorts can do: tell bold, impactful stories with a remarkable and distinctive visual style, and showcase outstanding new filmmaking talent. We’re constantly looking for new ways to reach audiences, so it makes total sense to partner with Vimeo to bring these films to as many people as possible online.”
Michael (Tom Hollander) is a broken man with a gun, surrounded by armed police. A robot with a medical degree is dispatched – but can it save him? Dr Easy is written and directed by Shynola, the directing team of Jason Groves, Richard Kenworthy and Chris Harding, who have created films for bands such as Radiohead, Coldplay, Beck, Blur and Queens of the Stone Age. They are responsible for the titular guide in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the title sequence for The IT Crowd, and the title sequence for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Dr Easy is their first short film, and they are currently developing a feature film, The Red Men.
Dr Easy is directed by Jason Groves, Chris Harding and Richard Kenworthy (Shynola). It is produced by Ally Gipps for Warp Films and is backed by Film4. It stars Tom Hollander, the voice of Geraldine James, and Alex MacQueen.
Dr Easy will be released online on Friday 21st June
Jonah tells the story of Zanzibarian beach boy Mbwana, hungry for the future, who creates a myth that transforms his small town into a tourist hot spot. When the reality turns out to be far from his dreams, he sets out to destroy the town – or himself.
Jonah is produced by Stray Bear Productions from the imagination of Factory Fifteen. It is backed by Film4, C4, BFI and Shine Pictures, in association with Jellyfish Pictures, and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Louis Mahoney and Malachi Kirby. It is Tavares' second short film, and he is currently in development with Film4 for his first feature.