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The Sunday Short: Precocious pressures in Eleven

In the lead-up to Show Me Shorts 2016, we pick one local film from their illustrious back catalogue, courtesy of our TV sponsors at Lightbox.

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Eleven, directed by Abigail Greenwood, was part of the Show Me Shorts festival in 2014 and raked in accolades for its script and editing. Set in the sleepy grey afternoons of intermediate school, the short film explores pressures in “the age of the in-between” that is 11.

Much like a wise philosopher B. Spears once said, these kids are not girls, not yet women, clinging to acceptance and friendship as they teeter on the cusp of growing up. When a place in the inner circle of popular girls becomes available, outcasts Emily and Rebecca test their friendship to see who will betray to get ahead.

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Is it better to flip the bird to the cool crowd? Or do whatever it takes to fit in?


Click below to watch Eleven in Lightbox’s Show Me Shorts collection

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