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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: cat.cooke@nullsouthhillpark.org.uk

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 1 Nov 7.30pm
Professor Gilbert’s Guide to Artistic Objects
Dir. Lily Adams, 3 mins, South West Region
A quiet, quirky reflection on the artistry of the everyday, shot on location at the breath-taking Russell-Cotes Museum.

Filmmaker Bio: A finalist in the British Council’s Shakespeare Shorts competition, Lily Adams is an award-winning writer/director based in Bournemouth, Dorset. 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.

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Sat 4 Nov 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.

Wed 8 Nov 7.30pm
The Law of the Sea
Dir. Elmaz Ekrem, 3 mins, South East Region
The Law of the Sea tells the story of fishermen from the Greek Island of Lesvos, in their own words, as they work tirelessly to help the arriving torrent of refugees to shore and how this great tragedy of our time has impacted their daily life. This animated short provides a uniquely personal telling of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, far removed from the usual disconnected reporting of the mainstream media.

Filmmaker Bio: Elmaz Ekrem graduated from UCA Farnham in 2016 with a First-Class Honours degree in Animation. Elmaz has since gone on to direct and animate television ads, worked on further humanitarian documentaries and has been represented by NERD as a Creative Director. Elmaz co-directed, produced and animated The Law of the Sea alongside Dominika Ozynska, a Polish filmmaker who is currently studying at UCA. Dominika’s films are centered around politics and human experience.

Sat 11 Nov 7.30pm
Dir. Aliyah Hasinah, 2 mins, Midlands Region
An exploration of the cycle of imprisonment in the UK through poetry.

Filmmaker Bio: Aliyah Hasinah is a freelance activist and poet from Birmingham.

Wed 15 Nov 7.30pm
Exist Without Anyone Knowing
Dir. Raheela Suleman, 3 mins, London Region
Klonoa and Zelda are dreamers. They would do anything for each other. Inspired by the video games of her childhood, in her short film Suleman depicts a close female friendship as the pair embark on a violent undertaking.

Filmmaker Bio: Raheela Suleman is a filmmaker and writer from London. Suleman is currently undertaking a BA in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London. Her first short film Alien, 2015, was screened at Tate Britain as part of Eye Want Change and at gal-dem Winter Film Festival, 2016.

Sun 19 Nov 7.30pm
The Blackest Day
Dir. Josh Hawkins, 3 mins, North Region
A dreamscape dance film exploring fragmented memories of broken soldiers. Taking inspiration from the Kendal pals who fought within the Battle of the Somme, The Blackest Day struggles through distant memories to re-connect to the fallen men.

Filmmaker Bio: Director and choreographer Josh Hawkins graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is currently creating new work across a number of creative projects with his own dance company, Hawk Dance Theatre.

Thu 23 Nov 7.30pm
All That Is
Dirs. Camille Summers Valli/Wessie Du Toit, 3 mins, London Region
An intimate exploration of love and its role in the lives of five individuals.

Filmmaker Bio: Camille Summers-Valli and Wessie du Toit are filmmakers living in London.

Sat 25 Nov 3pm
Dir. Adam Csoka Keller, 3 mins, London Region
Neighbour – A person living next door to us? Or a person living nearby observing us from the comfort of his home? An exploration of Kiev’s youth and a definition of a collective state of mind, through the journey of a young boy questioning his prescribed destiny. There is always a hunger to escape at a time of instability.

Filmmaker Bio: Born in 1991 in Bratislava, Slovakia just two years after the Velvet Revolution ended decades of communism, Adam Csoka Keller’s work often draws on Cold War architecture and fuses it with fashion, movement, and set design. He pursues a direction in film and video while defining what it means to be a multidisciplinary image-maker in today’s society.

Fri 1 Dec 7.30pm
Seven Pleats, Seven Vows
Dirs. Shona Murray-Smith/Aditya Sengupta, 3 mins, South East Region
Seven Pleats, Seven Vows illustrates a Hindu bride being adorned in her red and gold silk wedding sari. Seven symbolic Bengali wedding vows run through the bride’s mind while intimately framed close-ups detail the process of dressing; skilled hands preparing the fabric and folding pleats. The film presents an outsider’s and insider’s perspective of an English-Bengali bride’s preparation – traditional in the specifics but universal in emotions.

Filmmaker Bio: Co-Directors Shona Murray-Smith and Aditya Sengupta met at Cambridge School of Art. Aditya has studied film in Calcutta and New York and won Best Short Film at Cinematheque National Film Festival in 2010. His films have played at a number of international festivals including Nepal and Bangalore. Shona was also DOP on Seven Pleats, Seven Vows and is currently working on her latest collaboration with director Savanah Leaf.

Tue 5 Dec 7.30pm
And the River Walked With Us
Dirs. Celia Hay/Anne Vimeux, 3 mins, London Region
The film is about a pilgrimage that took place by the River Thames. As part of this journey, Celia Hay and Anne Vimeux walked from the Thames’ spring to its mouth. They captured thus the isolation of living in autarky, the gestures of their everyday routine as well as some rituals. A certain sense of loss emerges from this strange pilgrimage. As and when the walk progress, some odd silhouettes and events occur. The physical and mental effort of the walk leads to a dissolution of the bodies which appear then as some kind of ghosts. Eventually, as their journey ends by the sea, they reach a certain state of sweet madness.

Filmmaker Bio: Célia Hay and Anne Vimeux were born in Marseille, they live and work in London. Célia Hay graduated from a MA Photography at Central Saint Martins in 2016, and Anne Vimeux from a BA in Image Theory at the University of Paris 3 in 2013. Their collaboration started in 2014 on the shooting of Célia Hay’s film Declivity, which was in the selection of FID Marseille 2014 –Marseille’s International Film Festival–, then continued with the shooting of The Last Gesture, Célia Hay’s film for Central Saint Martins’ Degree Show 2016. In 2016, they directed their first film as a duo, Recording Machine. As this project initiated their last film And the River Walked With Us, some recurring patterns can be found in these two films: a certain isolation, some mysterious rituals, and a search for intangible things.

Wed 6 Dec 7.30pm
Dir. Jemima Hughes, 3 mins, South East Region
Imagination is a lively, colourful cut-out animation inspired by Matisse’s paper cut-outs. The disabled protagonist escapes from a grey street to an exhibition, where artworks interact with her as her imagination animates them, bringing movement and colour to her world. Lively jazz music reflects her delight, and a poem spoken on her electronic communication aid communicates passion for art and animation and the power of creativity to transform and enrich life.

Filmmaker Bio: Jemima Hughes is a disabled and deaf filmmaker who speaks using an electronic communication aid, and is keen to see the voices and creativity of disabled people better represented in the media. She started making films with disability charity 1Voice, and is now involved in filmmaking at Arrcc Folkestone, a creative centre for disabled adults, and has followed online courses with the NFTS. She enjoys directing and stop motion animation.

Fri 8 Dec 2.30pm
The Ship
Dir. Natasha Price, 3 mins, South West Region
A cautionary tale of nationalism (and the relative merits of pasties).

Filmmaker Bio: Natasha Price studied film at University and now works at Engine House, a VFX studio in Cornwall.

Sat 9 Dec 7.30pm
All the Busy ings
Dir. Robyn Wilton, 3 mins, South East Region
This film explores the sensation of being overwhelmed by the powerful yet inedible interactions between artworks within a gallery space. This is represented through several pristine environments that are slowly infiltrated by various liquids; spilling, oozing and gushing into them. Time is void and the fluids’ source is unknown, however this is unimportant, as we are hypnotised by the explosive orgy of colour and sound that begins to drown your senses.

Filmmaker Bio: Robyn Wilton graduated from University of Leeds with a degree in Fine Art. She has now embarked on a career in Production Design using her influence and knowledge as a Fine Artist. This lead to her work as Production Designer and Director on All the Busy ings. Having gained an insight into filmmaking, Robyn is now ambitious to explore the medium further, looking for new ways to integrate her past experience as an artist into her future as a filmmaker.

Thu 14 Dec 7.30pm
Business is Brutal
Dir. Jack Thomson, 3 mins, North Region
The norms of business negotiations are challenged to the limit in this thrilling and energetic dance film from choreographer Jack Thomson.

Filmmaker Bio: Born in York, Jack Thomson is a dance artist, with practices in choreography, photography, film and fashion. Beginning dance aged seven, Jack continued to then graduate from The Rambert School and now dances professionally. He first picked up a camera aged 13 and has been developing as an image maker since. Over time, Jack’s differing disciplines (dance and image making) have aligned, to inform his decisions aesthetically and intellectually, resulting in a vision uniquely his own.

Sat 16 Dec 7.30pm
Really Modern Times
Dir. Violet Adams, 3 mins, South West Region
A comical portrait on the ‘disgusting’ (but very normal) parts of being a young woman, contradicting and satirizing expectations of female purity and softness.

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.