Random Acts Presents is a joint initiative between Arts Council England, Channel 4 and five film organisations, working together to commission and support young artists and filmmakers to make short films.
South Hill Park Cinema is delighted to be taking part in this exciting project by showing selected shorts before features.
Additionally, throughout the year Young People are invited to engage with the visual arts exhibitions programme and further opportunities to showcase the creativity of local schools and community groups. For more information contact Cat Cooke Exhibition Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The short films we’re showing are listed below with screening dates and some information about each. All short films are appropriate to the feature they’re showing alongside.
We’d love to know what you thought about the shorts – download a feedback form here Visitor survey and hand in to the Box Office.
Wed 10 Jan 7.30pm
Dir. Jessica Bishopp, 3 mins, London Region
Lifespan explores the concept of the future of ageing, increasing life expectancy and life extension. The film visually juxtaposes architecture and space against interviews with a diverse range of people, from scientists and evolutionary anthropologists, to the director’s family and friends.
Filmmaker Bio: Artist, filmmaker and designer Jessica Bishopp experiments with a range of media, including film, installation, sound and design. Jessica’s work has universal themes embedded in daily lives and thoughts, studying basic human interactions and habits whilst exposing the magic in the mundane. Within a social context, she focuses on investigating ideas around the future of community and society. She has been exhibited at Somerset House and the Science Museum, London. Her films have screened at festivals such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, London Short Film Festival and East End Film Festival. Her projects have featured on The Guardian, Dazed and Huck Magazine.
Sat 13 Jan 7.30pm
Super Citrus Force
Dir. Laurence Maybury, 3½ mins, Midlands Region
A crime-fighting duo have to stop an evil villain from objectifying women… LITERALLY! A combination of British surrealist comedy and Japanese special effects.
Filmmaker Bio: Laurence Maybury is a 24-year-old filmmaker with a degree in Media Production who has been making short films since he was 16.
Wed 17 Jan 7.30pm
Dir. Cathy Garner, 2 mins, North Region
A rumination on the tension between intimacy and alienation. The film is about being too much in your head when you are meant to be in another’s.
Filmmaker Bio: Cathy Garner, a Fine Art student at The University of Newcastle, is an accidental solipsist with a penchant for bad puns.
Sat 20 Jan 7.30pm
Dirs. Dale Cullis/Emma Powell, 3 mins, Midlands Region
The film follows women who are elevating the next generation of young girls, and helping train them to break the glass ceiling.
Filmmaker Bio: Dale Cullis and Emma Powell are two young filmmakers from Shropshire striving for an overly stylised aesthetic, and currently focusing on telling stories of body and identity. Emma is a first-time film producer.
Tue 23 Jan 7.30pm
Mind in Move
Dir. Abigail McVeigh, 2½ mins, North Region
An intimate and mesmeric reflection on the emotions of falling in love by filmmaker Abigail McVeigh.
Filmmaker Bio: Abi is a Manchester based filmmaker who creates artist moving image work to reflect on personal experiences, often distorting space and time.
Sat 27 Jan 7.30pm
Me and My Lungs
Dir. Chris Price, 3 mins, South West Region
An insight into Chris’s life with Cystic Fibrosis, the search for balance and turning challenges into something creative.
Filmmaker Bio: Chris Price is a graphic and motion designer who enjoys illustrating and animating bikes.
Thu 1 Feb 7.30pm
Dir. Leah Morris, 3½ mins, South East Region
Director Leah Morris uses themes of isolation and loneliness with a combination of live action and animation for her short film. The series of vignettes focuses in on forms of non-verbal communication and the comfort that can be provided by it.
Filmmaker Bio: Creative Director Leah Morris is a graduate of Kingston University. Her work centres around similar themes, focusing on isolation and the perception of people. The films she makes tend to have a rough quality to them, especially with the use of stop motion animation. Most recently, her work have featured a combination of live action and animation, which seems to be a method that she will continue to use.
Sat 3 Feb 3pm
Dir. Cameron Turnbull, 4 mins, South East Region
Deep within the primeval forests of Northern Spain a primitive figure is awakened. Following a siren’s call in the form of whispers, the figure explores, investigating the sonic and tangible stimuli of the woods on an almost microscopic level. As his journey progresses, he is drawn like a moth to flame toward the blinding source of light within the heart of the woodland, becoming enveloped in an electrical cosmic illumination.
Filmmaker Bio: Director Cameron Turnbull realised his love of filmmaking while studying Film and Television Production at the Cambridge School of Art, graduating with a First. During this time Cameron developed a broad range of filmmaking skills, but his focus is on directing and cinematography. Cameron is currently working as a Producer on second Ignition film. Multi-disciplined Alejandro Ahedo Perez swapped his usual role of Director to produce and collaborate with the Voyagerteam.
Tue 6 Feb 7.30pm
The Yellow Wallpaper
Dir. Charlotte Gilman, 3 mins, Midlands Region
Inspired by the 1892 short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, this short film uses dance to portray the claustrophobic and cruel consequences of how ‘rest cure’ in the 19th century kept women compliant, which resulted in an increase of mental health problems and feelings of confinement and frustration. Through dance and movement, our female protagonist finds solace in the yellow wallpaper, yet is driven to exhaustion by her frustrating predicament.
Filmmaker Bio: With a background in drama and performance and a degree in Film Theory, Hayley Egan’s creative ambitions are to get untold stories realised through film, theatre and creative events.
Sat 10 Feb 7.30pm
Dir. Edward Lomas, 4 mins, South East Region
The year is 2028; England is isolated, detached from the rest of world and run by a powerful few in a totalitarian state. We follow Adeel, a man in his late thirties as he collects his benefit cheque for the month. The welfare state is crumbling and as a result of public sector cuts all services are now fully automated.
Filmmaker Bio: Edward is a 22-year-old writer and director who graduated in 2017 from the University of Kent in Digital Arts. In 2016, he was selected to join BAFTA’s Guru Pro development program for young and emerging filmmaking talent. He has worked with a number of high-profile clients on a series of advertisements and corporate videos including Raw TV, P&G, Barclays and VCCP.
Thu 15 Feb 7.30pm
Dirs. Lucie Rigby/Else Hunter-Weston, 1½ mins, North region
What is the value of human life? And what if you could bid for it? These are the questions that filmmakers Lucie Rigby and Else Hunter-Weston ask in this visually striking short film that examines how the value of human life has been altered by a modern society driven by technology and social media.
Filmmaker Bio: Having met on the BFI Film Academy, Lucie and Elsa joined together in Autumn 2016 to direct adam.exe. The two eighteen year olds are eager
to learn more and continue working on their craft, so now both attend university to study Film Production.
Mon 19 Feb 7.30pm
One Diving One Falling
Dir. Harry Cauty, 3½ mins, South East Region
Reflecting on a time when women were considered to have a mental illness for expressing themselves creatively through dance, this film explores vulnerability, delusion and insanity, combined with passion, artistry and beauty, almost giving the suppressed women of the 20th century a life of performance in the present.
Filmmaker Bio: One Diving One Falling was developed and choreographed by Daisy Cauty and Martha Canning. As graduates of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance this multidisciplinary freelance team create and perform dance, film and installation work, often working as choreographers for others. Director Harry Cauty began as a graphic designer, becoming inspired to make films after seeing Chris Cunningham’s live visual show. Harry has since worked with many high profile clients.
Thu 22 Feb 7.30pm
Dir. Isobel Adderley, 3½ mins, South West Region
An extended moment of tension, in bodies, space and sound, and its eventual and inevitable collapse.
Filmmaker Bio: Isobel Adderley has recently graduated from the BA Fine Art Course from Goldsmiths University. Having lived and studied in both Leeds and London, she is now based in the South West of England Isobel’s creative ambition is to create a hybrid practice that exists in the space between and draws equally on contemporary art film-making, contemporary dance performance and music production. Being fascinated by our preconception of the body and physical space as separate and opposing forces she attempts to blur or trouble these preconceptions in her work. Isobel uses film, sculpture, live performance and music production to directly impinge on the audience in different physical ways. Through doing this she hopes to be able to inhabit a broader space than only the gallery, and to draw audiences from contemporary art, dance and electronic music into new situations.
Sun 25 Feb 7.30pm
Really Modern Times
Dir. Violet Adams, 3 mins, South West Region
A fresh, funny, feminist silent movie, bringing Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ into the 21st century.
Filmmaker Bio: Violet Adams is an award-winning writer/director, academic, experimentalist, and biscuit addict. She’s obsessed with words, so, naturally, she decided to create a silent movie. Her next project, The Remarkable Adventures of Mud, is a collaboration with her identical twin sister, exploring female friendships in the bizarre world of LARPing.