Trailer: The London 2012 Short Films From Some Of Britain's Best Directors

The BBC and Film 4 commissioned a series of short films as part of the London 2012 festival, which appears to be some sort of cultural pearl growing around the grit of the olympics.

Because there's a comedy by Mike Leigh and a new Lynne Ramsay, I'm in. There's also Max and Dania's What If, a riff on Rudyard Kipling with Noel Clarke, and what seems to be a new short documentary from the director of Senna, Asif Kapadia.

And now the official blurbs.

THE ODYSSEY
Director: Asif Kapadia. UK 2012.
Hackney-born Kapadia combines epic aerial images with the voices of Londoners to chart the city's turbulent yet inspiring journey from winning the bid in 2005 to the 2012 Olympics.

A RUNNING JUMP
Director: Mike Leigh. UK 2012.
Mike Leigh's hilarious comedy is about all kinds of sport, as well as twins, taxis and dodgy second-hand cars.

SWIMMER
Director: Lynne Ramsay. UK 2012.
A poetic journey following a lone swimmer through Britain's waterways and coastline, with a soundtrack of British music ranging from Delius to The La's.

WHAT IF
Directors: Max & Dania. UK 2012.
A celebration of urban youth culture, WHAT IF uses Rudyard Kipling's poem If to tell the story of Joe, who learns some key lessons about life from a guardian angel.

The directors will be at Hackney Picturehouse for a Q&A following the screenings, broadcast live to the other cinemas. An unmissable evening.