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Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Exeter Phoenix

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.

Mating Call 

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.

Verse Murder

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.

Seven Stages

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.

Pension Fund

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.

Spaghetti Legs

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?