New Approaches Seminar

Seminar Event: Artists Making Features

When: Wednesday 9 March, from 9.30am-5pm
Where: The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE
Booking: Tickets for the event are priced at £12 and available via eventbrite.

Overview: To mark the end of the New Approaches pilot, FLAMIN will present a day-long programme of talks and panel discussions open to a wider audience of aspiring artist filmmakers. The event will offer insight and guidance for those interested in making the leap to feature-length films geared towards cinema distribution.

Programme Schedule:

9:30              Welcome

10                 Artist film-makers Desperate Optimists talk about their work across art and film sectors

Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
(Desperate Optimists)

Desperate Optimists is a UK-based creative partnership formed in 1992 by award winning filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. Born in Dublin, Ireland they studied theatre in the UK in the late 80s. From 1992 to 1999 they toured six internationally acclaimed devised theatre shows. Between 2000 and 2003 they directed a number of episodic, interactive works for the internet, and large-scale community video projects for galleries. Between 2003 and 2010 they produced, wrote and directed 10 acclaimed short films, under the title CIVIC LIFE. HELEN, their debut feature film, premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival and went on to over 50 film festival world-wide. Helen was distributed in the UK by New Wave Films. Their second feature film, MISTER JOHN starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, Calvary), also premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2013 and was released in the UK and Ireland by Artificial Eye in September 2013.  They have just completed their 3rd feature film a documentary called Further Beyond which will premiere at this years Dublin International Film Festival and have also completed the script on their 4th feature film, Rose plays Julie.


11.15             Panel  1: Getting Started

Speakers: Beatrice Neuman (BeA Film, sales and distribution consultancy), Ellis Freeman (London-based screenwriter, script consultant and producer for Clownfish Films), David Segal Hamilton (Production and Development Executive at BFI).

Beatrice Neumann

Beatrice Neumann heads up BeA Film, a sales and distribution consultancy which provides advisory, educational and strategic services to filmmakers, companies and institutions. Beatrice currently splits her time between consulting as a sales and distribution specialist for various clients including Edinburgh International Film Festival, IFFR Cinemart, Creative England, various filmmakers and teaching Sales and Distribution at Sheffield Hallam University as a visiting lecturer. She is also in early development with her distribution platform VoDdities.

Ellis Freeman

With a background in print and TV journalism, Ellis has been writing screenplays for over 15 years. He has had commissions from BFI, Channel Four, The Film Council, Rai (Italy), Fox Searchlight and the MEDIA programme.

In addition to writing and script consulting, he is also currently developing a slate of feature projects with Clownfish Films, the company he runs with producing partner, Luke Schiller.

He devised the 'Writer's Gym', a workshop in creative screenwriting that he holds regularly at the London Film School and also at the DFFB in Berlin.



12.30               LUNCH          


1.30                 David Lawson (Smoking Dogs) discusses his work across gallery and cinema contexts as part of the award winning Smoking Dogs films.

David Lawson

David Lawson is an indie producer who co-founded the award winning artist atelier Smoking Dogs Films and was a member of the seminal film workshop Black Audio Film Collective between 1986 and 1999. Their first film was the Grierson Award winning film essay "Handsworth Songs." His background was an arts student who shared a passion for making lens based work with a group of friends.

Since then, David has produced a range of award winning and critically acclaimed films across different genres and on different platforms with his directing partner John Akomfrah and producing partner Lina Gopaul.

He has brought together co- productions with a range of film nad television institutions including the BFI, PBS, BBC, NHK, Channel Four and France Television.


2.30                 Panel 2: Reaching Audiences

Speakers: Jo Blair (Senior Film Programmer at Picturehouse Cinemas), Helen de Witt (Head of Cinemas at BFI) and Emily Morgan (Soda Pictures).

Jo Blair

Following studies in Fine Art (Photography) and then Economics Jo Blair has worked in cinema exhibition for over ten years, initially at Oasis Cinemas and Zoo Cinemas. In her current position as Senior Programmer at City Screen, Jo programmes several cinemas including the prestigious Duke of York in Brighton and The Rex in Berkhamsted. Over the years she has programmed many different kinds of films and events and worked with various film festivals with a view to expanding the range of cinema programmes. This has included working with Art Angel at Ritzy Brixton on Matthew Barney Cremaster Cycle installations and screenings; a current collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery at the Gate cinema in Notting Hill; and pioneering the new Vive Le Cinema initiative across Picturehouse cinemas

Helen de Witt

Helen is Head of Cinemas at the BFI leading the programming team to devise and deliver the BFI Southbank's world class programme of film and TV. Prior to that she was festivals producer at the BFI, responsible for the delivery of the London Film Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (now Flare). Helen remains the lead programmer on the festival's Experimenta section.

Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan is Production and Development Manager at Soda Pictures where she is developing a diverse slate of narrative fiction, documentary and artist films. She joined Soda in 2014 to work on Invention by Mark Lewis, setting up the project in Paris, Toronto and São Paulo. The feature premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2015 and screened at the Berlinale 2016. She is currently producing Damselfish by Charlotte Ginsborg as part of Film London's FLAMIN scheme. Previously, Emily worked at Studio Canal, Hot Property Films and as a freelancer for companies such as Steel Mill Pictures, The Bureau and Partizan. Soda Pictures is an Anglo-Canadian film distributor of art house, independent and world cinema. Established in London in 2002 by Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher, the company releases 25+ films a year and has a library of over 300 films from all corners of the world.


3.30                 BREAK

3.45                 New Approaches: Meet the Artists

Speakers: Michelle Williams Gamaker, Redmond Entwistle, Manu Luksch, Susanna Wallin

Chaired by: Samm Haillay (New Approaches Production Advisor)

Manu Luksch

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 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.


Michelle Williams-Gamaker

Michelle Williams Gamaker 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).


Redmond Entwistle

Redmond Entwistle's 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

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.

Samm Haillay

Samm founded independent production company Third Films with Duane Hopkins in 2001. He produced Hopkins' multi-award winning short films and feature debut Better Things, which premiered to critical acclaim at International Critics Week, Cannes in 2008. Samm also produced Hopkins' multi-channel film installation series Sunday, which played at Baltic Centre of Contemporary arts and as Open Eye Gallery before travelling to Yokohama for exhibition as part of CREAM. As well as producing all of Hopkins' film and gallery work, Samm produces also a number of other talented directors work through Third, including the BAFTA nominated, Jade by Daniel Elliott. Samm's short film productions have won over 45 awards, including Berlin, Venice, Edinburgh and Chicago and in 2010 he co-produced Gillian Wearing's feature debut Self Made.


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