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NEW SHORTS: Experiments: Leftfield + Luscious
Sun 8 Jan 18:30 ICA
Our traditional Sunday matinee of the festival’s least conventional. A showcase of the best new experimental short film, from ground-breaking animation to immersive, off-kilter drama to formal explorations of the moving image. Experience the remote landscapes of Iceland and the icy view of JG Ballard, along with abstract sounds from E-da Kazuhisa (The Boredoms).
MAN ON THE HILL
Daisy Dickinson 4 mins
The drums may be mankind’s oldest instrument dating back to when humans first began using rhythms and creating music. Man on the hill is an abstract film, featuring drummer E-da Kazuhisa, ex-Boredoms member, taking the sound and visual of the drum to a new level, using nature’s most destructive forces: fire and water as catalysts for destruction.
Simon Barker / Jason Wood 14 mins
Inspired by Ballard and touching on Ballardian motifs, Always Crashing, documents a car’s meandering journey through an empty high-rise car-park: a heterotopia where things are different in barely noticeable and unexplained ways. Without clear narrative, the film extends an invitation to enjoy the apparently aimless motion of the car through the building. The driver never leaves the car.
Matthew Stuart Smith 6 mins
An experimental silent film about sound. A musician awakes to discover she can no longer hear after a strange signal from outer space is received by a local television transmitter.
Workhouse 2 mins
A glimpse into a world crushed by false promises. In a wasteland once prosperous, an old man ruminates about a factory's hold on the world, and possibly himself.
HARD WORKING PEOPLE
Michael Salkeld 4 mins
An experimental film, and abstract audio visual interpretation.
Benjamin Fox 3 mins
Rubbing up against the City: a restless perambulation through tactile streets, negotiating anxious structures, animated ephemera and a fractured self.
Jack Wormell 1 mins
My friend Gareth told me to make a video without using a camera so I did. Contains sounds made inside and outside my room, abandoned film projects, and nudity.
BOMB BOMB DISCONTENT
Arban Severin 4 mins
An animated triptych of writer Mark Dery's cut-up poems, 1979-'82.
Neil Clarke and Dana Olărescu 3 mins
Part of a'Shakespeare 400' series of five filmed monologues reissuing traditionally male speeches to female actors. Here, in a speech from ‘Titus Andronicus’, Carrie Hill performs the eponymous role. Reacting against the global backdrop of patriarchally-instigated brutality, warfare, and anti-humanitarian action, Hark, Villains! attempts to question notions and expectations of gender in relation to violence, power, and retribution.
SHOES THAT WALK ALONE
Annie Watson 5 mins
Shoes That Walk Alone was filmed on a Go Pro in a lake in Freiburg. The unamed female character in the spoken story provides a macabre connection between the (apparently) lifeless floating body and the sinister implication within the story.
Benjamin Fox 1 mins
Thousands of beached fish are reanimated for a hypnotic, cataclysmic dance of death.
NECK AND NECK
Shaun Clark 5 mins
In the marital bed the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone. As the phone pours poison into Othello’s mind he transforms into a different entity with detrimental consequences for Desdemona.
I WOKE UP BEFORE I WENT TO SLEEP
Tim Harrison 4 mins
A dreamer's dance with the arrow of time.
Luiza Cruz-Flade and Fred Flade 4 mins
The wind. A visual manifestation of the power of nature. Humankind has had a fascination with it forever – its been the subject matter of poems, art, films and songs. Him & Her created an homage to the wind in this experimental film. The Wind - you either love it or hate it.
Anne Verheij 7 mins
ONES is a collaboration between Dutch visual artist Anne Verheij and Japanese choreographer Miku Tsuchiya, in which film and dance are explored across the former pedestrian tunnels of Elephant & Castle. Juxtaposing two dance films created from the same footage, ONES captures the individual’s rhythm beating amidst the pulse of the restless city. ONES - 2 women, 2 countries, 2 disciplines, 1 film
Oscar Oldershaw and Joe Campbell 3 mins
An emotive film led by a dancer with Parkinson’s disease. A group of elderly hot-spring visitors journey through a harsh frozen landscape dotted with steaming pools. The environment and their physical ability combine to shape their movements. This film is a collaboration between filmmakers Oscar Oldershaw, Joe Campbell and Independent Dance Artist, Cecilia Macfarlane.
Tom Lock Griffiths 18 mins
‘Waterfall’ is an essay film about memory and grief and how they are embedded in the landscape. How resonances are created in the physical environment that trigger spirals of thought that rove through politics, past love affairs and mental illness. It is about connections, it is about how memory is always present, colouring everything, as though lurking underwater.