This classic short from 2003 is a must see for fans of shorts and British films.

Written and directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights), it’s about a single mum on a Dartford council estate, desperate to rekindle an old romance while struggling to feed four young kids.

With such a simple narrative, Wasp is driven by visceral performances from all (including Danny Dyer as the ex) and gut-wrenching truths about some of the UK’s most unprivileged. As dramatic shorts go it doesn’t get much better, achieving the full depth of a feature film and stirring disdain, pity, respect and gratefulness.

Winner of the Oscar for Best Live Action Short, 2003.


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