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Random Acts – South West Showcase 2018
+ Filmmaker Q&A
Dir. Various, 2018
90 mins, UK
- Wed 20 Feb: 6pm
Presented by Calling the Shots, this screening showcases the most recent work from the Random Acts series of short films by young artist filmmakers aged 16-24 from across the South West. Exploring all genres from documentary, comedy, artists film to dance and spoken word – these bold and creative short films reflect the mosaic of contemporary life in England through the lens of its young artists.
We will be joined by local filmmakers Isobel Ripley and Dan Guthrie for a post-screening Q&A to discuss their filmmaking process.
I Am The Whale
Isobel Ripley | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 37 secs
A dance film exploring a young woman’s journey of self discovery in a world that expects her to apologise for her own existence.
Jessye Aggleton | UK | 2018 | 2 mins 57 secs
A post industrial city, reimagined as a piece of mechanical installation art, moves closer to its own destruction.
Scott Piggot | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 30 secs
Playing on the idea that mating calls in the human race are as elaborate as they are in the animal kingdom, Mating Call features a young man in a grotto techno night club adopting an interesting technique in order to capture the attention of a girl.
Matty Crawford | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 30 secs
A little boy’s imagination runs rampant, as crayon drawings combine with his bleak surroundings.
Jack Edwards | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 39 secs
A writer’s journey as he travels into an imaginary universe of his own creation
Alana Barnett | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 16 secs
Evocative sculpture and found sound shape a medative and unnerving reflection on humankind’s relationship with the sea.
Dan Guthrie | UK | 2018 | 3mins 47 secs
Bringing together a drag king, a Shakespearean monologue and a working men’s club to create a one-take statement that challenges the status quo of contemporary masculinity.
Ghosts of Love
Fergus Haughton | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 23 secs
A poetic film-collage made using 8mm and 16mm footage inherited from the filmmaker’s Great Aunt, who shot it in Europe and Africa throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Marie Dutton | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 29 secs
An art film that blurs the boundaries between seduction and repulsion, desire and disgust, romance and ruin.
Moaning, Crying and Barking
Chris Butler | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 53 secs
Moaning, Crying and Barking comically documents the struggles some people with autism face in their daily lives.
Kiss Me Through the Phone
Niamh Farrelly | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 21 secs
Three ‘TV babes’ share their expereinces working as phone sex operators on adult television channels.
Corie Hayward | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 41 secs
A teenager reflects on the feeling of two different lives in an exploration of themes of class, opportunity, choice and family relationships.
In Body and Mind
Vivian Barton | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 3 secs
In Body and Mind combines live action and animation to describe feelings of dysphoria, taking inspiration from the filmmaker’s own experiences to explore how these parts of a person come together through acceptance.
Lydia Brannen | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 28 secs
An elderly woman’s mundane existence breaks down to reveal she is a patient in a virtual care home.
Euella Jackson | UK | 2018 | 3 mins 41 secs
In the future, a desparate man, intent on murder, imprisons three women in a run-down basement. Unbeknownst to him, the women have special powers…
Megan Domaille & Jack Powley | UK | 2018 | 2 mins 34 secs
Hairy is a satirical stab at the representation of the female body on screen.
Kiki Nafig & Izzy Mooney | UK | 2017 | 3 mins 20 secs
In this intimate portrait of family relationships and rifts, Nose reflects on the events and people that shape and define us.
James Moore | UK | 2017 | 3 mins 31 secs
Channel 4 are making a film about Jay, a young man with cerebral palsy. Or are they?
CALLING THE SHOTS – RANDOM ACTS
This incredible project saw the creation of 72 short films by young filmmakers of all backgrounds from across the South West over three years.
Funded by Arts Council England with support from the Lottery and in partnership with Channel 4, the project saw five films by South West filmmakers screened on Channel 4’s Random Acts TV slot.
Part of a larger England-wide initiative, CTS managed the South West, while the ICA supported filmmakers in London and Screen South covered the South-East. Rural Media and Tyneside Cinema led in the Midlands and North of England respectively. In all the project saw the creation of 360 new short arts films.
Calling the Shots have produced TV for ITV, BBC and Channel 4 and run talent development programmes like Random Acts for Arts Council England and a National Animation Camp for BFI Film Academy.