On the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, everybody's out on the beach searching for it. But is the 'White Lobster' a gift from God, or the work of the Devil?
A documentary exploring how the outlaw town of El Bluff is falling under the spell of windfall cocaine - a strange and unintended consequence of the global 'War on Drugs'.
[10 mins & 30 mins]
Alfred's Free Press
Liberia is struggling to recover from 14 years of civil war. In the capital, Monrovia, many people can't afford the price of a daily newspaper. They rely on The Daily Talk - a chalkboard news bulletin - to keep them informed.
This film tells the stories of ex-child soldier, Michael; Nathan, a trainee preacher; shoe-maker Larry, who has millionaire ambitions; and Kormassa, a single mother - all of whom depend upon one-man news agency Alfred J Sirleaf - Proprietor, Managing Director, Editor and Chief Correspondent of Africa's premier hand-written news daily.
Winner of the Sheffield DocFest WorldView prize
Broadcast on Al Jazeera International's 'Witness' documentary strand
On the Run with Abdul
We set out to make a film about children in Calais' illegal migrant camps - but ended up biting off more than we could chew.
Abdul is a 16-year old Afghan who spends his days dreaming of a new life in the UK, and his nights trying to jump the ferry to Dover. But when we fall foul of the town's people-trafficking mafia, Abdul is forced to flee and we set off with him on a tragi-comic journey with no destination.
A cautionary tale of what happens when film makers get dangerously mixed up with their subjects.
[25 mins, co-directed by James Newton]
Angola: Birth of a Movement
Inspired by the 'Arab Spring', a group of friends and activists in Luanda use hip-hop to spread their message of resistance.
Under the 32-year rule of President dos Santos, Angola has become one of the most unequal societies in the world - the capital's skyscrapers and yacht-clubs are the playground of a super-rich elite, while millions live without power or water in sprawling slums.
Over the course of a turbulent election season, this film follows rap star Luaty (a.k.a. Ikonoklasta) and fellow activists Carbono and Mbanza as they organise a popular protest - despite beatings, death-threats and intimidation by the secret police.
[30 mins, co-directed by Ana de Sousa]
Broadcast on Al Jazeera's 'Activate' international documentary strand
The End for Beginners
In a retirement home in Paris the elderly residents wait out their last days. Nothing much happens other than the odd bout of Muzak and trouble with the lifts. But the arrival of some unusual visitors is about to disturb their peace - and set the scene for a strange confrontation between those at the beginning of life, and those at their very end.
Official selection: Edinburgh, Visions du Reel, Camerimage, Krakow, Brooklyn, Flahertiana, Kosovo, Beirut, Message to Man, Big Sky, Banja Luka, Bilbao, Kustendorf.
Nominated: Best Short, Dinard IFF; Best Short, Britdoc
"outstanding" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"worthy of Jacques Tati" Greencine
Vote for Me, I'm Loony.
A documentary set in the absurdist world of the UK General Election, following three ordinary-ish men finding themselves through politics.
Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope took over as leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party when his best friend 'Screaming Lord' Sutch killed himself - on Alan's birthday.
Reformed Marxist-Leninist John Cartwright has never quite fitted in. His autism expresses itself in an obsessive interest in elections.
Shy handyman Pete Berry felt he was a bit of a nobody. But as alter-ego Baron von Thunderclap he's found a new lease of life.
Rebel Theatre Co.
As South Sudan seizes independence after years of conflict, a group of amateur dramatists set out to establish a national theatre company. But in the sweltering dustbowl of Juba - a new capital in the midst of economic crisis - nothing ever goes smoothly.
For their first production, the group is staging a Shakespeare play - a quixotic task amid the city's water shortages, oil blockades and tribal tensions. And soon the threat of a new civil war looms over the reheasals...
WorldView New Genres Broadcast Fund