Head in the Wrong Directions Cinema to be entertained, amused, confused and inspired. Open throughout the whole weekend, the Cinema is an audio-visual sanctuary for the weary traveller. Re-energise your mind with informative and provocative documentaries; immerse yourself in cinema classics; reset your cultural compass with an array of quality shorts and be hypnotised by an eclectic selection of experimental works.
PLEASE NOTE: The Cinema is kid-friendly all day until evening, with some specific children’s showcases screened. At 6-7pm each night the tent switches to ‘night-mode’, then throughout the night the tent is only accessible to those aged 18 + and will be signed to explain this. Please bear in mind that content screened after 6pm could contain profanity and graphic imagery.
Fri 11am – 61 mins
You’ll find all kinds of creatures, great and small setting off on funny little adventures in this programme of colourful short animated films. From across the pond, Grammy nominated children’s musical duo The Pop-Ups, have two brilliant sing-along videos with an exuberant fire-fighting Rhino and a troupe of dancing robots. Also featuring the brilliant Spring Jam about a young musical stag on the lookout for a partner during mating season, and the delightful short The Common Chameleon about a greedy little reptile who bites off more than he can chew.
The Pop-Ups Bird and Rhino
Dir: Garrett Davis (USA / 2015 / 3 mins)
In a Cage
Dir: Loïc Bruyère (France / 2016 / 6 mins)
Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon
Dir: Tomer Eshed (Germany / 2016 / 3 mins)
Dir: Ned Wenlock (New Zealand / 2016 / 6 mins)
Dir: Nolan Downs (USA / 2016 / 4 mins)
Summer Camp Island
Dir: Julia Pott (USA / 216 / 8 mins)
Dir: Evan DeRushie (Canada / 2017 / 10 mins)
Dir: Olesya Shchukina (Russia / 2016 / 4 mins)
Opiuo – Quack Fat
Dir: Dropbear (Australia / 2015 / 4mins)
The Pop-Ups Robot Dance
Dir: Garrett Davis (USA / 2015 / 3mins)
Dir: Jorn Leeuwerink (Netherlands / 2016 / 2 mins)
The First Thunder
Dir: Anastasia Melikhova (Russia / 2017 / 5 mins)
Fri 12pm, Sun 11am – 52 mins
Pop along to the film tent for some musical mirth as we explore Melody Makers, full of rhythms, rhymes, and sing-along- songs (well it is a musical festival). Featuring musical journeys with father and son in the folky Cookie-Tin Banjo, and Ichi, the world’s greatest one-man-band, teaches us the names of all the animals in Japanese in his new music video, Hippo +47. Other creatures to look out for include the friendly black and white monster in Antje Heyn’s Pawo, and the slightly confused dinosaur in the vibrantly colourful Wayne the Stegosaurus.
ONE TWO TREE
Dir: Yulya Aronova (France 2015 – 7 mins)
Dir: Peter Baynton (UK 2014 – 2 mins)
I AM NOT A MOUSE
Dir: Evgenia Golubeva (UK 2015 – 2 mins)
WAYNE THE STEGOSAURUS
Dir: Aran Quinn (USA 2014 – 2 mins)
Dir: Ru Kuwahata (USA 2015 – 2 mins)
Dir: Theodore Ushev (Canada 2015 – 4 mins)
Dir: Antje Heyn (Germany 2014 – 7 mins)
Dir: Richard Edkins (UK/Japan 2015 – 4 mins)
Dir: Elena Walf (Germany 2015 – 4 mins)
Dir: Elena Walf (Germany 2015 – 7 mins)
THE LIVING THINGS – THE SPINTO BAND
Dir: Phil Davis (USA 2012 – 4 mins)
Dir: Garret Davis (USA 2013 – 4 mins)
CLAP! CLAP! – PLAYFULNESS
Dir: Loup Blaster (UK 2015 – 3 mins)
Fri 1pm, Sun 4pm – 61 mins
Throughout Dream Weavers you’ll explore imaginary worlds and fantastical places. Full of wonderful animated adventures and heart-warming tales including The Orchestra by Mikey Hill, which imagines a world where tiny musicians follow citizens everywhere playing the soundtracks to their lives – the only problem being, the musicians are terribly out of tune… and Flatpack favourite Leonid Shmelkov’s most recent short is the delightful and deliciously absurd A Very Lonely Rooster.
A VERY LONELY ROOSTER
Dir: Leonid Shmelkov (Russia 2015 – 6 mins)
DOWN TO EARTH
Dir: Anna Vasof (Austria 2015 – 4 mins)
JONAS AND THE SEA
Dir: Marlies van der Wel (Holland 2015 – 11 mins)
I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN
Dir: Cameron Edser (Australia 2015 – 2 mins)
Dir: Kyungmin Woo (South Korea 2015 – 5 mins)
Dir: Mikey Hill (Australia 2015 – 15 mins)
Dir: Andy Martin (UK 2014 – 12 mins)
Dir: Erick Oh (USA 2013 – 6 mins)
As a part of Anim18, Film Hub Wales have curated a programme of short films made for and by young Welsh people. The animations tell a wide selection of stories ranging from the lived experience of young travellers to the political histories of women in WW2.
LETTING IN THE LIGHT
Gritty Realism, 6m
Letting in the Light animation project was a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Engage Cymru, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery and pupils of Pen y Dre High School and their Artist in Residence Adam Griffiths. The animation was facilitated by Gerald Conn of Gritty Realism Productions.
JUST LIKE THAT!
Gritty Realism, 5m
A short Arts Council of Wales funded film made with children from Bedwas Junior School following Tommy Cooper as he makes a whistle stop tour of his home town Caerphilly performing magic tricks that don’t always go to plan. Winner of the Media 4 Schools Best Animation Award 2013 and a Heritage for Schools Award in 2015.
Gritty Realism, 4m
This short animated film, inspired by the style of Chinese shadow puppets, tells the story of how Aladdin leaves home in search of his fortune and was made by pupils from Oakfield primary school. The film was funded by Arts Active at St David’s Hall.
TRAVELLERS TALES – THE REAL LIVES OF YOUNG GYPSIES
Gritty Realism, 6m
This film was made for Save the Children’s Travelling Ahead Project in which young Travelers talk about their views on negative stereotypes and how they would like to see things change. These interviews are illustrated with animation made by the young people during the summer of 2012. Selected for Sheffield Documentary Festival 2013.
TALES IN THE TILES
National Museum Wales/Gritty Realism, 2m
This story is inspired by the collections at the National Roman Legion Museum. Bethan Thomas and Jacob Rendle worked with Gritty Realism films to create this short animation. As part of the process they looked at Roman archaeology and learned animation techniques. The project was funded by People’s Collection Wales and organised by staff at the National Roman Legion Museum and Newport Communities First education team.
CITY OF DREAMS
Dir: Jane Hubbard, 6m
Is an interegerational story told through layers of wallpaper. Live action introduction but the rest of the short is animation, animated Jane Hubbard.
MOMENTS OF GOLD
Dir: Leonie Sharrock & Jane Hubbard, 5m 30s
This film is about Josef Herman, the Polish Artist who lived in Wales.
Winding Snake Productions, 3m
Made with Cyfarthfa Junior School in 2015 as part of the Into Film iPad filmmaking project. Produced by Winding Snake Productions, with Support from Into Film and First Campus.
A BIRD IN A CAGE
Dir: Lauren Orme, Winding Snake Productions, 19m 30s
This film uncovers the forgotten story of Lady Rhondda, one of these fascinating and revolutionary historical figures, whose groundbreaking work for women’s rights during the first half of the 20th Century has largely gone unrecognised until now. A WINDING SNAKE PRODUCTIONS film.
FLASH BACK: I MUST NOT SPEAK OF THIS THING AS I MIGHT
Winding Snake Productions, 6m
This film is the creative response of pupils from schools in Abertillery and Cyfarthfa to their engagement with the social, cultural and human costs of war. The nine month Flashback project has offered students aged 9-18 an artistic lens through which to consider how we as humans respond to war.
NEWPORT GUN GIRLS
Winding Snake Productions, 12m
Newport Gun Girls is a new immersive history and digital media programme from Winding Snake Productions. Throughout 2016, the team with Newport East Rainbows, Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers investigated what life was like for women workers based at Newport’s Royal Ordnance Factory 11 during the Second World War.
Fri 6pm, Sat 10am
Director: Terry Gilliam, 1h 56m
Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they’ve purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.
Director: Bruce Robinson, 1h 48m
Two out-of-work actors — the anxious, luckless Marwood (Paul McGann) and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) — spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday “by mistake” at the country house of Withnail’s flamboyantly gay uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths), they encounter the unpleasant side of the English countryside: tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain.
Director: Ishirō Honda
When a Japanese steamer sinks in flames after the sea seems to erupt, survivors talk of a legendary monster… Godzilla! A fire-breathing behemoth terrorizes Japan after an atomic bomb awakens it from its centuries-old sleep. The picture that started it all!
Dir: Various, 2017-18
Six fresh stories exploring femininity and feminism through the eyes of young women told by six bold new (and mostly female) filmmakers.
The films explore universal themes including love and relationships, grief, friendships, feminism and sexuality through six engaging and compelling stories of young women. Curated by Encounters Festival – the UK’s leading short film and animation festival, and the only UK festival accredited to three major awards (Oscars, BAFTA and European Film Academy).
Little River Run
Directed by Ed Skrein | UK | 2018 | 15 mins 13 secs
Two teenagers search for escape in inner-city London. Winner of the Encounters 2018 Teen Jury Award
Directed by Isabel Lamberti | Netherlands | 2017 | 22 mins 30 secs
Snapshots from the lives of a group of vulnerable teenage girls living in the outskirts of a big city in the Netherlands.
Directed by Lucy Bridger | UK | 2017 | 14 mins 17 secs
When Mia gets her first period in the early hours of the morning help arrives in the form of her new foster Grandmother.
Directed by Olivia Kastebring | Sweden | 2018 | 17 mins 30 secs
A hybrid of documentary, dance and fiction JUCK (Swedish for ‘Thrust’) is the ground-breaking viral story of a dance craze that pushed the boundaries of how we see the female body.
Directed by Rosa Truelove | UK | 2017 | 10m
A punk period tale.
Directed by Abena Taylor-Smith | UK | 2018 8 mins 30 secs
A young, black lesbian spends the day in an Afro- Caribbean hair salon full of fun and laughter, but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?
Fri 11.30pm -2.30am, Sat 4pm
Dir: Victor Fleming
The coincidental pairing between Victor Fleming’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ as soundtrack for the movie, is one of the miracle wonders from the roots of mash-up media culture – a swooning and atmospheric melding of lyrics, imagery and sound effects that create a new kind of magical wonderful Oz (or Noz). Celebrate “The Great Gig in the Sky” as Professor Marvel informs Dorothy of the incoming storm, “Brain Damage” as the Scarecrow and Dorothy form a friendship, and “Money” hailing the evil work of the Wicked Witch!
Fri late 1.15am
The anthology feature film “Happiness Machine” is an innovative, interdisciplinary project devised for public concerts and cinema screenings, organized by Klangforum Wien throughout Europe and abroad.
The films reflect on various aspects of “The Economy for the Common Good”. Its opportunities and challenges, and its theory and practice, will be brought up for discussion through the mediums of animation, music, and an advanced participatory form of music theatre.
Suggestion of Least Resistance
Michelle Kranot / Iris ter Schiphorst
Suggestion of Least Resistance is based on archive materials which depict The July Revolt of 1927 (Der Brand des Wiener Justizpalastes), a monumental episode still acutely relevant. The animation film is a rhythmic, poetic surge, comparing us, our lives, and our very humanness to burning paper in the breeze. Images of sheets of paper flying through the broken windows of the burning palace are juxtaposed with images of the crowds as they convene and disperse. The music charges these powerful images with its own aliveness and colour.
In the context of Economy for the Common Good, the repetitive, stylised abstractions of events unfolding frame the notion of the individual vs. the historic.
—Michelle Kranot, 2018
Samantha Moore / Malin Bång
Animated fabric brings the story of a lingerie factory in Manchester to life. Silk, cotton and lace go under the camera, as the workers recount the history of Headen & Quarmby, the UK garment manufacturing industry, and British family traditions of making. A specially composed soundtrack by Swedish composer Malin Bång, inspired by sounds of sewing machinery, evokes the ups and downs of the factory.
—Samantha Moore, 2019
Rebecca Blöcher / Eva Reiter
In Lickalike we give voice to our reflections on the necessity and the character of artificial and natural forms of organisation. The focus – both visual and auditive – is on the connectivity between everything that is alive. From this point of view, the work examines such self and externally organised systems that have become the basis of our current social understanding.
It’s all about individual and social identity, about interconnectedness and collectivity, social responsibility and our digital and natural living environment.
A prevailing situation can always be seen from various perspectives. The film follows various narrative threads, some of which evolve into utopian contexts of development and meaning. Fragments of organised connectivity are extracted and reassembled; the whole context is fragmented – but nonetheless it becomes apparent: Everything is connected.
—Rebecca Blöcher, 2018
Eni Brandner / Misato Mochizuki
Starting out in a seemingly old-fashioned world of grandeur and glamour, PANTOPOS takes us on a journey of discovery to a surreal and peculiar place of new and abstract ideas, where nothing is as it used to be. The only thing left that is familiar to us are the people who inhabit this place, and their gestures. In the end we are left with the question whether this new place is just a dream or already part of our reality.
—Eni Brandner, 2018
Elizabeth Hobbs / Carola Bauckholt
A fisherman and his wife live in a hovel. One day the fisherman catches an enchanted fish. The man tells his wife of the strange incident, and they decide to ask the fish to use its powers and improve their circumstances. They return to see the fish again and again, each time becoming more ambitious with their demands. As their greed grows, the world around them becomes more and more disturbed; the seas rise, and the earth becomes more polluted and dangerous. When the fisherman and his wife demand to become Gods, the flounder decides enough is enough. Through painted animation by Elizabeth Hobbs, and an original score by composer Carola Bauckholt, the Brothers Grimm fable ‘The Fisherman and his Wife’ is brought vividly to life.
—Elizabeth Hobbs, 2019
Generator / Operator
Andrea Schneider / Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
In our project we focus on the terms cooperation, trust, sharing and solidarity, which Christian Felber calls central values for the Common Good Economy. We want to translate these key terms into moving still lifes. The idea is for each term to create the atmosphere of a microcosm that works within itself and runs in an endless loop.
We are both fascinated by objects, their materiality, peculiarities and stories. Therefore we want to work with specific objects, both images and sounds, trying to reveal their essence.
—Andrea Schneider, 2018
Joanna Kozuch/ Ying Wang
In a circus, an ensemble of acrobats tries to create a perfect pyramid of human bodies. However, one of them has problems with his hand and cannot hold his colleague so that the pyramid collapses. The choreographer now has three options to achieve his goal: He can replace the injured acrobat with a new, more capable person; he can replace the whole ensemble, or keep the team, but find the right spot in his choreography for everyone involved. All three processes can have the same result; however the essential difference lies the path that takes them there.
—Joanna Kozuch, 2018
The Happiness Machine
Ana Nedeljković / Hanna Hartman
The film is conceived as a simulation of a non-existent Video-game concerned with the business practices of a company which at first sight seems ideal. However, what happens if we look at the wider picture? Gradually, details are revealed – details that show the real emotions of people, various malpractices, violations of human rights and the environment… The “ideal” space, conceived and guided by financial considerations as the key objective, is being deconstructed before our eyes.
—Ana Nedeljković, 2018
Vermessung der Distanz
Susi Jirkuff / Joanna Bailie
The project explores urban edges as they correspond with the marginality of social groups who inhabit them. Distance, the anonymity of the architectural setup, decay, but also movement and interaction are subjects of a raw sketch that seeks to integrate a discussion about space and segregation into the discourse of the Common Good. The audio-visual language of the film uses a transparency and starkness of approach to reflect its subject matter. The fusion of architectural lines with sound through unexpected correspondences and synchronizations aims to generate a new kind of intermedial proposition.
—Susi Jirkuff, 2018
Vessela Dantcheva / Electric Indigo
In a purely abstract way, Hierarchy Glitch deals with a core idea of the Common Good Economy model. Both its visual patterns and the ensemble’s voices are tied up in hierarchical behaviour that restrains the full potential and mobility of each individual element. Soon the matrix pattern collapses, connections and directions are lost, resulting in entropic disorder. This is the moment when individual units autonomously connect with the rest, forming organic and balanced constellations. They develop a collective organism, a resilient entity.
—Vessela Dantcheva, 2018
Fri and Sat late 2.30am-3am, Sat and Sun 3pm-4pm
An eclectic programme of shorts from Flatpack Festival’s back catalogue, and some other outliers(!), will pop up throughout the weekend between our features.
THESE THINGS IN MY HEAD – SIDE A (N/C 18)
Dir: Luke Bourne (UK 2018 – 11 mins)
A fully hand drawn and painted visualisation of the daily thoughts and worries on my mind as they interlink with the playful sounds of a record to conjure a new journey based somewhere underneath actual events.
Official Selection Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019 – Graduation Short Film Competition
SYMPHONY NO.42 (N/C 15)
Dir: Réka Bucsi (Hungary 2013 – 9 mins)
Long-listed for an Oscar in 2014 Réka Bucsi’s brilliantly absurd animated short links 47 disparate vignettes by the ‘irrational connections between humans and nature’. A mini-masterpiece.
SUPPORTING FILM (N/C PG)
Dir: Douwe Dijkstra (Netherlands 2015 – 12 mins)
From the perspectives of a dozen viewers, this documentary explores the peculiar ritual of watching film. How is the medium experienced by people with sensory impairments, strong religious beliefs, or lovesickness? A story about moving images and their audience.
STEMS (N/C PG)
Dir: Ainslie Henderson (UK 2015 – 2 mins)
BAFTA-winning animator Ainslie Henderson turns the focus onto what happens behind the scenes with his eulogy to the short life span of stop-motion animation puppets.
GLOVE (N/C PG)
Dir: Alexa Lim Haas, Bernardo Britto (USA 2016 – 6 mins)
A beautifully hand-drawn animated documentary about the true story of a glove that’s been floating in space since 1968.
BLOOP’S BIRTHDAY (N/C PG)
Dir: Julian Glander (USA 2016 – 3 mins)
Bloop, the little pink buddy that everyone loves. She’s so excited for her birthday. As her friends plan a party, a dark shadowy figure looms over everything. This is gonna be some day.
SIX GOD ALPHABET PETER (N/C 15)
Dir: Peter Millard (UK 2016 – 7 mins)
Learning the alphabet is taken to frenetic and humiliating limits in this experimental short film. “Please wake up Peter. Please wake up. You need to learn your alphabet now Peter.”
LAZY DAZE (N/C 15)
Dir: Brian Smee (USA 2016 – 4 mins)
Lazy Daze is the Flatpack award-winning animated short that captures the disjointed perspective of a dog’s lazy slumber.
FISH STORY (N/C PG)
Dir: Charlie Lyne (UK 2017 – 14 mins)
A search for the truth behind a fishy tale. Fish Story won Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards.
TALES FROM THE HEDGEROWS (N/C PG)
Curated by MACE (Media Archive of Central England) 12m
Amazing scenes of rural life curated by Media Archive for Central England, including Lionel Hampden reporting on the decline of hop picking by hand in Herefordshire and finding out how to lay the perfect hedge in Warwickshire. We also see Peter Brown in an early report for the Midland Montage magazine programme covering a very local issue – the possible closure of one of the two pubs in Lyonshall – and an appearance by the ever-popular Shropshire story-teller and singer Dennis Crowther who entertains fellow Salopian Peter Green atop Clee Hill.