A Calm Ending to Victorian Ideals

Last week I shared a post about revisiting my short film Not Punch and Judy… and this week I’d like to share another film I made the same year: Skeletal Sunset (2014). I remember sitting on Brighton beach making this film. It was cold. I was with friends and we were gathered to say goodbye so it was an ending. I’d borrowed camera equipment from university and had it with me so I set up the tripod and sat there, adjusting the light setting every so often.

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Puppets, Power and the Patriarchy

Not Punch and Judy: The Chronicle and Story of an Experiment in Emergent Practice, 2014, 9m 6s

I revisited this film last week, whilst deciding whether to include it in an art award application. It was fascinating to watch the process of the puppets being made, including the undoing of bits that didn’t work. I thought I’d cringe at my reflective narration but actually it feels even more relevant six years on.

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Vertigirls: Cornwall (2017)

I joined the Vertigirls in March 2017. Vertigirls is a climbing club for women with ‘additional needs’ and it’s run by Christine, who is a passionate and inclusive leader. The main objective of the club is to empower women through the sport of rock climbing. Just before club’s trip to Cornwall in August 2017 Christine decided to make a film to enter into the British Mountaineering Club’s Women in Adventure Film Competition. Christine engaged Katy Beswetherick as camera-person and they hired a DV camcorder. Katy is a climbing coach with no experience in making films. After the trip Katy and I got together to look at the footage and I offered to edit the film.

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Singularity (2015)

Singularity started as a zombie film but evolved into a movie-graphic novel-essay on alterity – “the quality or state of being radically alien to a particular cultural orientation”¹. During the project, I read loads about transhumanism², which was why my zombies turned out not to be zombies at all.

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Bike Hub (2015)

Bike Hub¹ is a community bicycle workshop that originally existed in a derelict building marked for demolition. I volunteered at the project and wanted to see if I could capture a sense of what it was like there so I made a documentary.

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Skeletal Sunset (2014)

I made this short film to celebrate the beautiful light of the sun setting by the skeletal remains of the West Pier in Brighton. It’s a meditative film with the only narrative being that of seagulls visiting the ironwork.
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Play in my Flat (2014)

Play in my Flat was a site-specific play/film/performance in my flat in Brighton, UK. Scenes were filmed in three rooms in my flat: lounge, bedroom and kitchen. Three screens were installed, one in each room, and room-specific scenes were screened during the performance.

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Not Punch and Judy: The Chronicle and Story of an Experiment in Emergent Practice (2014)

Not Punch and Judy is a short film depicting the process of puppet-making and the story of how limiting beliefs can be formed, against a backdrop of questioning the domestic abuse portrayed in Punch and Judy shows.

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