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 a few of the selected local filmmakers 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?