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Big Stories Small Flashes Review

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Five Ways John Wayne Didn't Die: John Wayne meets God. Bouncer: A doorman has trouble with a disgruntled punter. First to See the Sun: A game of street hockey gets out of hand. What About The Bodies?: Three characters collide in the middle of nowhere. Where We Were: A couple encounter a mysterious stranger. Put Your Coat On!: A young girl ignores her parents' advice with disastrous consequences. The 1:10 Scale Score: A gang of thieves bungle their own carefully planned robbery. Rhubarb an

★★★★★

These films, made in 2002 with the participation of the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, are some of the scheme's highlights, but it's a mixed bag in terms of quality and style. An irreverent humour runs through most of the selection, which includes black comedies focusing on substance abuse, death and armed robbery. BAFTA-nominated Bouncer, with Ray Winstone, and Five Ways John Wayne Didn't Die, featuring one Jarvis Cocker, are among the best.

A mostly impressive taster of new British filmmaking talent.