Andrea Arnold‘s Oscar-winning short Wasp, made in 2002, is another grand example of the director’s grim, female-centric social realist work. The film follows a young mother (Natalie Press) as she attempts woo a former flame while, simultaneously, looking after her four children. The majority of the short consists of her trying to maintain a balance between motherhood and romance, and this is literally demonstrated in the constant switching back and forth between her date at the pub and her running outside to tend to the children, often with her demeanor fitfully warping from loving to disparaging. The typically strong characterization from Arnold augments the simple story into something deeply felt (even in its short running time).