Our quarterly Screen Bytes screening of regional films comes to Birmingham Weekender for the first time. It’s a packed programme of films and Q&As from film makers, so not to be missed! We celebrate talent from the region. From BAFTA award-winning films to official selections at prestigious film festivals, our film selection goes from the bizarre to the heartfelt but above all, the films present a unique craft in storytelling.
The programme includes:
Film-maker Q&A – Meet film-makers in person as they discuss their work
A Scribbled Memory – We all have demons following us around. In the case of this anonymous individual, his demon is a lack of emotion. Via a real local radio interview, he tells us a harrowing story of domestic abuse from his childhood. This animation serves as a visual element to him and the story – messy, tangled and abstract.
Martha – A town on the borderlands of Texas. A place out of time. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. A mecca for lovers of minimalist art. A landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks. And then there’s the giant lemon.
Antarctica – The First Dance – Award-winning choreographer Corey Baker creates the first ever dance film on the world’s last great wilderness, Antarctica. Inspired by the austere beauty and fragility of the ice and snow structures, ANTARCTICA: THE FIRST DANCE features Madeleine Graham, Royal New Zealand Ballet, with music by London Grammar. Released on Earth Day 2018, this short film celebrates Antarctica’s awe-inspiring landscape while we still have it. ANTARCTICA: THE FIRST DANCE was directed and choreographed by Corey Baker, produced by Anne Beresford and commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts, The Space and supported by Antarctica New Zealand, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand High Commission and Dance Hub Birmingham.
Out on a Limb follows Geoff, Dan and Isaac, three wheelchair users who embark on a mission to conquer the Swiss Alps and prove that having a disability won’t tame their sense of adventure.
The Blue Room – BAFTA nominated “The Blue Door” directed by Paul Taylor, written and produced by Megan Pugh & Ben Clark (13th Door Films). Starring Gemma Whelan (“Game Of Thrones”). Clare is a caring nurse opening the door to her new job. But maybe some doors are best left shut…
Yum Yum Song – A jaunty little music video for all ages, exporing the unadulterated joy of eating bogeys, earwax and other delicious fruits of the human body – for an incredibly catchy song written and composed by Iven Gilmore.
Expect a fun and lively Screen Bytes event showcasing work from regional filmmakers and producers. You can also meet the filmmakers themselves and hear a little about the challenges they faced making their films.
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