Cine-Sister’s first screening!

If you’re in Manchester this weekend come and see the launch of my first film programming venture Cine-Sister!

Support female filmmakers and some fantastic charities (MASH, Women’s Aid, & Shelter) and there’s loads of other great stuff happening at the event. The screening starts at 2pm on the 4th of March 2017 in at Texture, 67 Lever St, Manchester.

Cine-Sister will be launching with a short film screening featuring 7 female directed/produced films. The films in this screening deal with themes of gender, race, religion, body and identity. There is a mixture of drama, comedy, animation and documentary short films so there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

You can find out more about the films here: https://cinesisterfilm.com/wonder-women-4th-of-march/

This screening is part of Wonder Women 2017 at an event held by Traffic MCR and you can find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1333296603410652/

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 3)

The third and final day of Manchester Animation Festival! The stars of the show were, of course, the Ray Harryhausen puppets on display during the day. In the morning, John Walsh and Connor Heaney gave a talk on the lost treasures of Harryhausen and an insight into his world of stop-motion creature effects. Other highlights included the live recording of the Skwigly podcast, which included interviews with some of the filmmakers from the festival.

In between events I was able to watch the short film programme “Student Films 2,” my personal highlights were Ama by Emilie Almaida, Liang Huang, Mansoureh Kamari, Julie Robert, Juliette Peuportier and Tony Unser. Perched directed by Liam Harris and Mr Madila by Rory Waudby-Tolley which although I had seen before at a This Is Not a Cartoon screening a few months ago it’s still a fantastic and funny film.

Overall, this was a fantastic event to photograph and attend. I wish I could’ve stayed for the award ceremony right at the end but unfortunately, I had to set off.

I hope to come back next year and I hope anyone reading this gets the opportunity to attend next year also!

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 2)

Day 2 of Manchester Animation Festival kicked off with a special virtual reality animated experience called HooDoo by the animation company BlueZoo who gave a masterclass later in the afternoon. There was also the fantastic “Women in Animation” panel discussing the representation of women in animated films (something right up my street as you may know) as well as loads of great screenings although unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any films on this day!

Above are my photos for day 2 of the festival.

You can keep up with the festival itself on Facebook and Twitter.

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 1)

Last week I was a volunteer photographer for the Manchester Animation Festival 2016, it was a great experience I met so many lovely people and saw some weird and wonderful short films. The itinerary for day one featured highlights such as a masterclass about the film Phantom Boy, a life drawing class and a conversation/award ceremony for Aardman Animation.

Above are some of the photos I took for the festival of day one.

I was also able to see a programme called “Student Films 1”, my personal highlights of this were Fishwitch, a fantastic stop-motion short directed by Adrienne DowlingTough an interesting look at familial cultural differences by Jennifer Zheng.

I will be posting a selection from Day 2 and 3 later this week!

You can keep up with the festival itself on Facebook and Twitter.

On The Stage: A Streetcar Named Desire

I remember studying A Streetcar Named Desire; the 1947 play by Tennessee Williams, in depth during my English Literature A-Level at school. Then watching the 1951 film adaptation starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando and loving them both. So, when I discovered a few months ago that tickets were going on sale for a stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester starring none other than Maxine Peake, who I’d seen perform as Hamlet previously in a recording of the production at the Cornerhouse I couldn’t stop myself from buying tickets.

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I’d never been to the Royal Exchange before and it’s such a fantastic venue, it’s in the round and I was lucky enough to be stage side so you could see everything up close and personal. The set was incredibly minimalist featuring 2 mattresses, a fridge, a fold-down table and a bathtub separated by a clear screen. Although the set has been criticised for being too simplistic I think it gave a stronger focus on the performance by the actors and the set with the brilliant lighting filled in the backdrop and atmosphere where needed. Throughout the play, Blanche is haunted by 3 personified versions of her inner demons and I found the use of sound and light to showcase this very interesting. Maxine Peake was incredible, capturing both the flirty funny side of the play as well as the dark, complicated side of her character, Blanche DuBois. I also thought the performances by Sharon Duncan-Brewster who played Stella and Ben Batt who played Stanley very strong also. They had fantastic chemistry throughout the play.

Overall, the show was fantastic I absolutely loved it and the venue. I would definitely go back if given the opportunity and if you have managed to get tickets for this show (I’ve heard it’s completely sold out) let me know what you think!

Grad Film Update- “Soul”

I recently finished production on one of Grad films Soul on which I was the Producer. The film is currently in the post-production stage.

Soul is an exploration of a support group for people who believe they have lost their souls. “Every morning at 9am a group gather on an urban wasteland – they are all connected by an emptiness in their lives – a lack of a human soul. Together they try to find meaning in their blank existence. However, their world is thrown into chaos by a jogger.” 

You can follow the project on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Soul-972150816195370/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoulFilmMCR

and I will post more updates here also!

Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film Review.

On the 29th of October there was a special screening at HOME in Manchester of the BFI’s Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film with a live piano accompaniment by Lillian Henley as part of Britain on Film.
morenoiseMake More Noise! inspired by the words of Emmeline Pankhurst featured 20 short silent films that were a mix of newsreel footage (Including the death of Emily Wilding Davison at the 1913 Derby) and comedic shorts from the time period. There was a brief description of the clip before it played giving some context and history to what we were about to view, the newsreel footage playing chronologically depicting suffragettes meeting in 1910 right through to women munition workers in 1917.

Although, not always picturing suffragettes explicitly the funny short silent films broke up what could have been a long series of factual information. My personal favourites were the funny Tilly shorts which pictured two mischievous sisters and were released between 1910-1915 (One of which can be partly seen below).

I really enjoyed this event! Lillian Henley’s live piano soundtrack was great, and if you get the chance to see this whilst it is touring you should check it out.

The Feminist Takeover.

Tomorrow on the 5th of March there will be a feminist takeover of Manchester art gallery as part of the launch of Wonder Woman week. I helped organise this event with a group of feminists and artists and will be there filming it tomorrow night! We’ve got a huge range of art from women mainly based in the North West.

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Taken from the Press Release:

From suffragette smashing windows in the gallery to a breathtaking exhibition of female surrealists, Manchester has a rich heritage of stereotype-smashing women. Yet society, and the art world, is still dominated by men. ‘In Emergency Break Glass’ brings together the North’s best emerging female contemporary artists, performers & creatives to challenge the male-dominated artistic canon, respond to the gallery’s artworks and inspire attendees. Curated by The Feminist Takeover team (made up of feminist artists, curators, writers and researchers, protagonists from No More Page 3, For Book’s Sake, Mighty Heart Theatre and Stirred Poetry),

This Thursday Late will run from 5.30-8, with events beginning in the Atrium at 6pm. Audiences are invited to tour the new contemporary exhibition that we have installed within the permanent collection. Live performances are scheduled all evening throughout the gallery and within the Feminist Takeover hub in the Atrium, and audiences are welcomed to explore the issues for themselves via the interactive arts & artist discussions that will be occurring throughout the evening in the Atrium.

By giving self-identified women a voice in the context of Manchester Art Gallery we aim to encourage discussion and explore the issues around the representation of women within the gallery, the art world and the wider society.

If any of my followers are based in Manchester, this will be a great event and I hope you attend!

The facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374843142834105/