Monday, 27 February 2012

MovieBar - Monday 5th March 2012 Line-up...

7.30pm Monday 5th March 2012

Despite most of Team MovieBar working on a short film of their own this month we have managed to put together another awesome selection of films for Brighton's monthly short film event at the Caroline of Brunswick in March. This time we're going with a teen movie theme which actually fits some of the films we’re screening! (this never happens)

We’ll be screening all kinds of films from music videos to ghost stories and there will also be the usual quiz with prizes.

Here’s the line-up…
The Surprise

Mike Shepherd's ice-cream ad is a really neat example of how to tell a story in less than a minute.

Mike will be coming along to talk about the film

The Secret

The first of two supernatural films from director Jon Rosling this atmospheric ghost story about a haunted school has shades of J-horror and will keep you guessing right up until its chilling conclusion.

Volkaniko – Buy It Now (or Never)

The end of a consumer-driven society is depicted in this high-energy music video from electronic composer Volkaniko.


Two very different women find common ground when they are trapped in a lift in this emotionally charged drama from director Djonny Chen.

Writer, producer and actor Petroula Kaneti-Dimmer will be coming along to talk about the film.

The Shot
Chris Thomas’ tale of a young boy learning the consequences of his actions is a perfect of example of effective short film story-telling.

Chris will hopefully be coming along to talk about the film.

Every Angel Trailer

Part of a Brighton Filmmakers Coalition challenge from last year, Tim Pieraccini's trailer does a convincing job at hinting at a much bigger story.

Tim will be coming along to talk about the film.

After You Leave

Simon Kyle's story of a how a young man recovers from the end of a relationship makes great use of some iconic Stoke-on-Trent locations.


Mark Moynihan effectively compresses years of suppressed feelings between work colleagues into two minutes of screen time.

Mark will hopefully be coming along to talk about the film.

Georgia's Angel

Jon Rosling effectively remakes a Hollywood classic in ten minutes with a teenage girl as its disillusioned protagonist.

I may also sneak in some behind the scenes footage from Jenny Ringo and the Cabaret from Hell, if only to prove that we totally made a horror film last month!

If you have any questions about the event or have a film you would like us to consider for screening please e-mail moviebar[at]

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Moviebar February 2012 Postscript

Moviebar's 2012 started with a jam-packed line-up of 9 shorts. Whaddaya mean you missed it?! Here's how it went down...

Kicking things off was Gemma Clarke's drama about London teens desperately trying to realise their dreams...

Gemma was unable to attend but you can find out more about the making of Trapped in this interview.

Next came a tense encounter with a twist from director Mark Stevenson and writer Gabriel Lesmoir-Gordon...

Thanks to Mark and Gabriel who came along to chat about making Backspace.

A documentary from Upneet Kaur-Nagpal looking at Romany Gypsies in Worthing and the place of horses in their everyday lives. Upneet came along to talk about making the short which was cut from hours and hours of interviews.

Peanut Albinos – ‘To Be a Number’
Simon Olivier came along to show his latest music video for his band Peanut Albinos which makes great use of various Brighton locations...

In Which a Wife Suffers a Loss
An unsettling drama from writer/director Cheryl White which unfolds from a single CCTV vantage point. Cheryl talked about the short which is the second in a series and you can find out more on her website.

The Bored Room
Up next was a dark comedy from Gavin Leary in which a floundering boardroom presenter starts having violent fantasies.

Wheels of Fortune
Next we had Tim Watchorn's comedy about two wheelchair-bound actors competing for a role. The filmmakers couldn't make it along but had a little message for us - “On behalf of the entire cast and crew would like to thank you for screening Wheels of Fortune. We filmed this with the support of the British Film Institute and also ran a training scheme to train 10 physically disabled children in the art of film making. We are all incredibly proud of it and hope that you enjoy watching it. You can find us on twitter and we would love to know your thoughts. @Wproductions and @prouddavid. Thanks again and have a lovely evening."

Wheels of Fortune can be viewed on the uScreen website.

Next was Ed Dallal's short Voices, a self-portrait told through the voices of other London citizens...

We ended our epic journey with a slick sci-fi animation from Joe Bichard and Jack Cunningham...

Phew! If you're still gagging for more then be sure to come along to the next Moviebar on Monday 5th March at the Caroline of Brunswick. For any feedback or submissions, you can email us at

Gemma Clarke on Trapped

Moviebar recently screened the short Trapped, an affecting drama focusing on two everyday London teens desperately trying to realise their dreams.  Director Gemma Clarke was unable to attend but was kind enough to answer a few questions about the making of Trapped...

1) How did the film come about?

The film was part of a project with production company Chocolate Films and youth organisation Futureversity. They were looking for young people to pitch film ideas to them and were offering 5 winners a budget of £500 and mentoring and support from Chocolate Films. I had this particular idea for sometime so decided to give it a shot and pitch it to them. Luckily I was one of the chosen 5 and received mentoring and guidance on getting my script together, organising the production and getting the film made. I took the role of writer and director whilst my mentor, Ben Clough took the role of producer as well as being a help in hand with all other aspects of the production.

2) How long did it take?

I started working on the script in August 2010, was shooting in October and finished editing in November so 3 months all together. The actual shoot was 2 and a half days.

3) Are there any particularly difficult moments you remember from making the film?

The most difficult moments I remember was trying to get access to certain locations on such a small budget. These obstacles taught me the important of thinking creatively in all aspects of a low budget film production and resulted in me having to change a few scenes - the last scene being one of them - however after the production was finished i felt the new scenes worked much better than the original scenes would have done.

4) What part or element of the film are you most happy with?

If i had to choose what part i was most happy with i would say the story line as i was particularly happy with how real and believable the story came across as, as this was my main goal, to create something that people could relate to and feel reflects real life.

5) What are you working on next?

I am currently in post production of a short film called Without You, which i also wrote and directed. I am also working on new writing material as well as getting involved in other peoples productions to gain as much experience as possible.