Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November

Zemran sculpture for Ian Helliwell short films

21 Nov 6:00 pm: Brighton Screenings: Documentaries

Director: Various

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Films selected from open submissions to CINECITY, made by local filmmakers or with a local subject and completed in the last year.

10 YEARS in 4 MINUTES / Dir: Joanna Callaghan. UK 2017. 4 mins.
Moments of connection between a child and a camera reveal a life shaped by the lens.

I SHOT EINSTEIN / Dir: Dan Evans. UK 2017. 8 mins.
New York, 1948. Marilyn Stafford is handed a Rolleiflex and is told she is to take photographs of Albert Einstein. A short documentary about pioneering veteran photojournalist Marilyn Stafford.

SOUNDS UNDERGROUND / Dir: Ben Llewellyn. UK 2017. 12 mins.
The South Coast’s legendary ‘Punker Bunker’ owner, promoter and record pusher ‘Buz’, and the people that know him, open up about Brighton’s independent punk spirit, music and scene.

PYE FILM SERIES / Dir: Ian Helliwell. UK 2017. 50 mins.
Bringing together modern sculpture, brutalist architecture and experimental electronic music, these four films explore the early work of distinguished British sculptor William Pye. Split-screen, animation, abstraction and documentary, are interwoven with Pye’s previously unscreened personal super 8 material from the 1960s and 70s – Helliwell sifted through more than 70 8mm reels, to make three of the new films which reinterpret Pye’s original home movie footage. Pursuing his interest in archive and found materials, and their presentation in different and inventive ways, all four of Helliwell’s films feature electronic soundtracks created with his Hellitron tone generators and Hellisizer synths, providing a fitting audio backdrop to the array of modern stainless steel sculptures.

Pye 1 – Kinetic (8.30) A focus on the 1970 ‘Kinetics’ exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London.
Pye 2 – Geometric (5.10) Taking Pye’s super 8 footage for a proposed mural project into a completely abstract direction.
Pye 3 – Metallic (33.15) An examination of Pye’s stainless steel period of the late 1960s and early 70s, culminating with the fabrication and siting of his sculpture Zemran, on London’s Southbank.
Pye 4 – Graphic (3.45) Direct animation drawing over unused super 8 film of the Zemran sculpture at the Southbank Centre, and Taylor’s Lane power station in West London.

Followed by Q&A with director Ian Helliwell, and William Pye.

Produced in: UK

Running time: 100 mins


Tickets £5 / £3 concessions.

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