A selection of short film artworks exploring the theme of love curated by Zata Banks
+ featuring live poetry readings by poets from Eyewear Publishing on the theme of love
Part of BFI LOVE, in partnership with Plusnet, this programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London and proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network bfi.org.uk/love
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Caro Domenico (Dear Domenico)
Director: Kate Jessop (3m)
A screen adaptation of a letter (themed ‘A letter to an ex‘) Stefano Gabbana wrote to Domenico Dolce. Charting their demise of their relationship and the birth of their Milan fashion label, the artist worked with stop motion, fabric collage and digital animation to create the piece, referencing the visual language of fashion. Commissioned by Festival Delle Lettere Milan, in association with Marie Claire Italia.
Director: Bruno Teixidor; poet: Tomas Segovia (Red Scarlett, 2m32s)
A film fantasia based on a poem by Spanish-Mexican poet Tomas Segovia (1927-2011), whose voice and words are used with the permission of his family. Contains nudity.
Director: Tim Webb; poet and voice: Peter Reading (16mm, 6m35s)
The film mixes live action and animation to describe a symbolic rejection and its sadistic outcome, as related in the poem by Peter Reading.
Instructions to Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man
Director: Brooke Griffin; poet: Raymond Luczak; music: Benjamin Woo. (Canon 5D animation, 4m01s)
A short animated film based on a poem of the same name by deaf poet Raymond Luczak. With no spoken word, the film employs American Sign Language, left untranslated.
Director: Stuart Pound (2m24s)
In this sound-informed film, the mysterious love poem by Wilhelm Muller from Schubert’s Winterreise provides the audio amplitude samples used to draw the waveform, celebrating a love of sound.
The Mythy Quick
Richard Dailey (35mm, 11m)
All Lovers Could Be Love
Rachel Mayfield (DLR, 0m36s)
The pilgrimage of sincere love, liberation and courtesy – against all odds.
This is Not a Thank You
Be Manzini (DSLR, 3m36s)
A journey from love to loss to acceptance expressed through colour.
Jaimz Asmundson (16mm/HD, 6m0s)
Love for a mother. Structured around the recollection of a premonitory dream, fragmented memories from the period leading up to the death of the filmmaker’s mother were projected onto natural textures and surfaces, re-photographed, composited and processed until the memories became abstracted representations of the evolution, degradation and disintegration of memory and the physical self.
Director: Carol Mavor + Megan Powell (2m trailer)
Love for a son / love of food. This is a trailer for a moving film about an anorexic boy by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell.
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Director: Martin Pickles; performer + music: Mikey Georgeson (Super 8, 8m)
The poem recording was made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of T.S. Eliot’s 1915 poem. In the accompanying film, a man and a woman fail to meet, despite their paths crossing on the neon streets of Soho. The special Super 8 stock (200 ASA Kodak Security Film) was negative rather than positive, and it is this that lends the film a beige ambiance, reflecting Eliot’s “yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes.”
447: Intellect – N
Jane Glennie (2m)
A film composed from still images of Scrabble letters. Can a machine think? Can a machine love? Is a human being a machine? The artist writes… “I loved to play Scrabble on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and was intrigued by the dialogue it gave me: “the computer is thinking” I thought, as I waited for it to play its move, but in reality this was a cover-up for its processing power of a mere 48k RAM. Typographer Zuzana Licko says “We read best what we read most” – if I watch this film enough times, I can begin to decipher the words. Am I “improving” my own processing power?”
Director: C.O Moed and Adrian Garcia Gomez; poet: C.O. Moed (found footage, 1m45s)
What is fucking? What is love? What’s the difference? When do you know?
HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE POETS : live poetry readings by poets from Eyewear Publishing (10-15m)
AK Blakemore + Kate Noakes + Agnieszka Studzinska
A K Blakemore‘s work has been featured in journals and magazines including Ambit, Poetry London and Magma, and anthologised in The Best of British Poetry 2015 and Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century. She has performed at the Secret Garden Party and Latitude festivals. Her debut full-length collection, Humbert Summer, winner of the 2014 Melita Hume prize, was released by Eyewear in 2015. She currently lives and works in south-east London.
Kate Noakes is a Welsh academician. Her fifth collection is Tattoo on Crow Street from Parthian 2015. Her website is archived by the National Library of Wales. She lives and writes between London and Paris.
Agnieszka Studzinska‘s poetry examine the ghostly topology of home, history, love. Her first debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are (Eyewear Publishing, 2014) was described by the award winning novelist and poet, Michael Symmons Roberts, as a ‘A subtle and beautiful collection in which – poem by poem – the possibility of true knowledge is tested. Intimate and attentive, each poem returns to the question of what we can know of the world and each other.’ Agnieszka Studzinska was born in Poland in 1975. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. She has previously worked as a freelance researcher in broadcasting, an English teacher and is now a freelance editor of a community magazine in West London as well as a creative writing tutor.