You Need Help


Director: Barbara Elbinger Country of Origin: United Kingdom Runtime: 17 minutes Category / Genre: comedy, drama, short Block: C Time: 3.15-4.35 pm

An older couple experience a blip in an otherwise pretty uneventful marriage when the husband, Fred, avoids embracing retirement , and drifts purposeless around the house with an increasing resentful wife, Doreen. However, when a leaflet lands on his doormat promising to bring joy into his life again, he embarks on a mission to find himself, and put the much-needed magic – and music – back into their marriage. But she’s terrified that his ‘ridiculous’ behaviour will show them both up… Director Barbara Elbinger will attend the screening.


Director Biography

Barbara Elbinger was born in Argentina and trained in acting and filmmaking. Today she is based in the UK. With in-depth experience of psychology, and a natural instinct for comedy, she is drawn to flawed characters who find themselves in surreal situations; exploring, with tenderness, the tensions and dark humour that arise within their relationships. Galvanised by a shorts competition in 2015, she devised and made the low-budget comedy A WAKE. She saw this opportunity as a testing ground and launch pad for directing. She considers ‘YOU NEED HELP’ to be her directorial debut.