About New Approaches
Film London worked with four artist filmmakers on the pilot development programme New Approaches, giving them bespoke support while helping to unify the worlds of contemporary art and cinema.
Funded by Creative Skillset, the New Approaches programme supports talented filmmakers from a contemporary fine art background who are working on feature-length productions.
The scheme helps to bridge the gap in provision for artist filmmakers whose training may have been very different from those coming from a more traditional filmmaking background.
The New Approaches programme ultimately seeks to equip the selected filmmakers with the requisite knowledge and skills to steer their projects towards theatrical distribution.
The 2015 mentors were:
- Samm Haillay, producer (Third Films)
- Pinky Ghundale, producer (Steve McQueen, Martina Amati)
- Peter Armstrong, creative industries lawyer (Harbottle & Lewis)
- Ellis Freeman, screenwriter and producer (Clownfish Films
- Kate Leys, script developer and screenwriter
- Tony Grisoni, screenwriter
The 2015 speakers were:
- Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (Desperate Optimists)
- Beatrice Neuman (BeA Film, sales and distribution consultancy)
- David Segal Hamilton (Production and Development Executive at BFI)
- David Lawson (Smoking Dogs)
- Jo Blair (Senior Film Programmer at Picturehouse Cinemas)
- Helen de Witt (Head of Cinemas at BFI)
- Emily Morgan (Producer, Soda Pictures)
- Natasha Dack (Co-managing director, Tigerlily Films)
- Sol Papadopoulos (Founder, Hurricane Films)
- Cairo Cannon (Co-director Cannon and Morley Productions)
- Suzanne Smith (Casting Director)
- Olivier Kaempfer (Producer, Parkville Pictures)
- Matthew Bates (Talent Agent, Sayle Screen)
- Phil Davis (Actor)
- Mary Burke (BFI Film Fund)
Manu Luksch, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Redmond Entwistle and Susanna Wallin were selected for the intensive 10-month programme in 2015, and have since received a package of bespoke training.
During this period, selected artists have benifited from a raft of opportunities, including, one-to one mentoring, classroom sessions and introductions to marketplaces at international film festivals, as well as one-to-one sessions with producers, festival organisers, scriptwriters, casting directors and other industry experts.
Producer Samm Haillay worked closely with the selected artists in his capacity as Production Advisor for the New Approaches programme.
About the Artists
Redmond Entwistle - Project title: The Northern Trades
Redmond Entwistle's (London, 1977) films strive to think recent history, its places and social issues; replaying, rebuilding and reproducing materials into an abstract and archetypal reality. His last film Walk-Through was the focus of solo exhibitions at Cubitt Gallery, Tramway Gallery and International Project Space. His previous film Monuments premiered in Rotterdam Film Festival's Tigers Shorts Competition in 2010, and his medium length film and sound work Paterson - Lodz won Best International Film at Images Festival in 2008. In 2013, spotlights on his work were shown at Hors Pistes (Centre Pompidou) and BAFICI (Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival), and included in Assembly, a survey of UK artists' film at Tate Britain. In 2014 he was nominated for the Jarman Award, and an exhibition of his films was presented at MIT List Visual Arts Center in January 2015. He is currently working on his first feature Decoys (Lockvögel) and developing a second The Northern Trades.
Susanna Wallin - Project title: A Ship to Sing a Song to
Susanna was born in Lund, Sweden. She studied film at the University of the Arts, London, and continued with an MA at Goldsmiths University in London. Her work often lends from fact and fiction at once, merging real scenarios with invented ones in new impressionistic narratives on screen. She has been the recipient of a number of commissions and awards, including the London Artists Film and Video Award, Pure Fiction, Sweden, commissions from UK Film Council, Channel 4, SVT, Arts Council England, Independent Photography, Arte and The British Film Institute. In 2015, she received a development grant from the Swedish Film Institute, for a feature set in Sweden. She is also currently developing the feature film, A Ship to Sing a Song To, through Film London's pilot programme, New Approaches, set in the USA. Susanna lives and works between London, UK and Lund, Sweden.
Manu Luksch - Project title: Confessions of the Data Set
Manu Luksch is an artist and filmmaker who interrogates conceptions of progress and scrutinises the effects of network technologies on social relations, urban space, and political structures. Her installation and procedural works often involve novel processes, like urban planning led by children, or a kayak taxi service along urban canals, which doubles as a research vehicle into the future of transport. Her widely acclaimed speculative fiction film Faceless (2002-07), compiled from CCTV footage recovered under the UK's Data Protection Act, was voiced by Tilda Swinton, and translated into nine languages. It is included in the Collection Centre Georges Pompidou and on the Chris Marker website Gorgomancy. Her latest film, Dreams Rewired (Luksch/Reinhart/Tode 2015), traces the desires and anxieties of today's hypere-connected world back more than a hundred years, when telephone, film and television were new. Using rare, and often unseen archival material from nearly 200 films to articulate the present, Dreams Rewired reveals a history of hopes to share, and betrayals to avoid.
Her works are shown at venues and festivals internationally, such as Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2012), Coreana Museum of Art (Seoul 2011), Norwich Castle Museum (UK 2011), LABoral (Gijon 2010), Hors Piste, Centre Pompidou (Paris 2008, 2009), Ars Electronica (Linz 2013. 2007, 2002), NTT ICC (Tokyo 2006), Witte de With (Rotterdam, 2006).
Michelle Williams-Gamaker - Project title: Violet Culbo
Michelle Williams Gamaker (1979) is an artist integrating performance and film to focus on the experience of individuals who either by their own will or not have been exiled or pushed to the fringes of society. For over 10 years, together with Mieke Bal (Cinema Suitcase) Williams Gamaker completed several films and installations exploring migratory aesthetics, mental health, and the emotional complexities of capitalism and gender ideology.
Her works weave documentary, fiction and video installations, including The Fruit to be Eaten, a post-colonial, post-romantic exploration of British directors Powell & Pressburger's female characters from Black Narcissus (1947). Her feature film Violet Culbo is in development with Film London (FLAMIN).