The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke – directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva – 2011 – Raindance Film Festival – London

This was a fantastic short film I saw at Raindance Film Festival. The film is completely surreal and very comic, the design of the film is also wonderfully inventive. The film is made entirely of sets and much of the film is made of crude cardboard cut outs that are painted quite childishly. They also … Continue reading

Shame – directed by Steve McQueen – GFT2 -2011

Shame is the second feature film by renowned artist Steve McQueen, winner of the Turner Prize in 1999. McQueen has always experimented in film and used it as part of his art work, particularly in installation work, however it was not until 2008 when he released Hunger that he became a pure film maker. On the … Continue reading

The Kill List – directed by Ben Wheatley – 2011

The Kill List is the second film by a new promising British director Ben Wheatley. The film has received positive reviews and been well discussed in the media, however the main point of discussion was how the film could be categorised. Initially the film seems to be a mundane portrayal of two middle aged men … Continue reading

Henry Coombes Process Film – 1st Year SEA – GSA – December 2011

This is a film I made as part of working with Henry Coombes as an artist in residence at the GSA.

Troll Hunter – André Øvredal – 2011 – 103 Minutes – Monday 26th September

This is a very fun film, created in a mockumentary style it managed to have genuinely scary moments. Sometimes it felt as if the film took itself too seriously, however the lead character, Hans, the troll hunter is wonderfully deadpan and kept the pace and humour up. The special effects are also very well done, … Continue reading

Melancholia – Lars Von Trier – 2011 – 136 Minutes – Wednesday 28th September 2011 – GFT

This film could be considered a ridiculous one and the idea certainly borders on it. The premiss is that a giant blue planet named Melancholia, roughly twenty times the size of the earth, is hurtling towards the earth. However, the film does showcase some excellent acting, notably from the two female leads Kirsten Dunst and … Continue reading

The Ethical Imagination – Year One Cross School Project 2011 – Brief

FoCI-led Cross-School Course 2011   THE ETHICAL IMAGINATION   “We reach a point in the endless spiral of undecidability where each one of us is obliged to make an ethical decision, to say, here I stand. Or, at the level of collective responsibility, here we stand.”  Richard Kearney, The Wake of Imagination, London: Routledge, 1988, p.361. “In our actual … Continue reading