Our latest short film on artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster and their exhibition entitled Nihilistic Optimistic, at Blain/Southern in London.
Our latest fashion film for A CHILD OF THE JAGO
How the project came about:
The idea was to present the collection as a ‘happening’ instead of a runway show.
We thought this concept would lend itself to some very spontaneous, visually interesting and playful situations that we could capture on film. The models became method actors, the fashionistas became colourful extras and the designers themselves became leading men.
A Child Of The Jago was founded in 2007 by Joseph Corre and Simon “Barnzley” Armitage. The street is Great Eastern and the physical environment is a former Victorian slum in East London where the alley wise hero of Arthur Morrison’s book, A Child of the Jago takes place. But the spiritual environment that has catalysed the enterprise is an even more threatening and sprawling slum, that of the creatively impoverished and commercially corrupt homogeny represented by the menswear status quo.
American filmmaker Harmony Korine was recently on our radio show to talk about his new film SPRING BREAKERS.
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We discuss and debate the ceremony itself, the winners, the controversies and the films that we thought should have made it.
With your hosts Adam & Tree and Hamish McAlpine.
Still image from Adam & Tree’s film installation OSCAR IS A WANKER.
Our short film INTO THE BLUE has recently won the Audience Choice Award at The London Underground Film Festival! It also recently screened as part of the official selection at The London Short Film Festival for their Midnight Movie section at The Rio Cinema.
Thanks to both cast and crew for their amazing work!
Special thanks to actor Zack McKraken, as we put him through the wringer for this film!
‘A dark mystery that reflects on an uncertain human age.’ DAZED DIGITAL
‘During the psychological deterioration of the main character, the brute and barbaric, yet highly captivating and beautifully colored scenes start messing with your own mind.’ VOLT CAFE
The last time Leee was here, we caught up with him in conversation about his work, LSD, Drag Queens, David Bowie, Punk Rock and Andy Warhol. He is a true witness to pop culture history and an amazing and entertaining storyteller. You can view episodes of Leee Black Childers on the “TODAY IS BORING” show below.
PART 01: In this segment, Leee discusses his early childhood in Kentucky, taking LSD with Timothy Leary, being at the Summer of Love in San Francisco, moving to New York City and meeting Jackie Curtis and Andy Warhol.
PART 02: In this segment, Leee discusses meeting Andy Warhol, his one bedroom apartment which he shared with ten people including Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, and Jayne County. Leee also discusses Valerie Solanas, author of S.C.U.M. MANIFESTO and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol, and the infamous ‘brown acid’ circulating at Woodstock in 1969.
PART 03: In this segment, Leee his gives eye-witness, ground-level account of the historical Stonewall Riots, in the context of the wider oppression of gays by New York’s then mayor John Lindsay. “Drag queens throwing bottles at cops” all in the company of Judy Garland. The Stonewall Riots would capture the hearts and minds of many, effectively launching the worldwide gay rights movement.
Camera : Rowan Hand
Sound : Myles Martin Hayden
Editing : Adam Carr
Introductory music score : Tree Carr
Special thanks : Barnzley Armitage, Martin Pope, John Connell, David Saunders
SHORT FILM REVEALS AN INTIMATE & PLAYFUL PORTRAIT OF ISABELLA BLOW
In 2010, we were approached by British artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster to produce a short film to be screened at The National Portrait Gallery in London in conjunction with the revealing of one of their sculptures.
They dusted off an old video tape they had in a cardboard box and handed to us and said ‘Make this into a short film’. We got Tim & Sue into our studio to chalk out the film titles on our blackboard, went through the archive footage of the old video tape, and a week later we gave them IMMORTALISING ISABELLA
‘Immortalising Isabella’ is documentary short film that reveals the process of Tim & Sue (in their Hoxton studio in 2002) as they create their sculptural portrait of fashion journalist, stylist and muse, Isabella Blow (1958-2007). The film also reveals Isabella’s witty sense of humour as she jokes around with the artists in their studio. Blow is credited with discovering and promoting the careers of important British designers including Alexander McQueen and the milliner Philip Treacy, whose hats defined her own flamboyant style.
The sculpture, ‘The Head of Isabella Blow’, is the only portrait Tim & Sue have ever created of anyone other than themselves. The artwork is realised as a spotlight transforms a ball of stuffed animals, including birds, a rat and a snake, into a vivid silhouette of Isabella Blow’s head. The artists were fascinated by what they saw as Blow’s gothic quality and chose to depict her as though on a stake. Included in the sculpture are a stuffed raven and rat, in addition to Blow’s trademark lipstick and one of her own Manolo Blahnik shoes.
‘The Head of Isabella Blow’ is now part of the primary collection at The National Portrait Gallery and the short film ‘Immortalising Isabella’ is part of their film archive.
Our new short film, INTO THE BLUE has been chosen as part of the official selection for the annual London Underground Film Festival, showing on 6 DEC at 10pm at The Horse Hospital.
Advanced, discounted tickets are available for 3.50GBP + booking fee at:http://
Above photo, Adam & Tree in conversation with Leee Black Childers.
Click on the link below to hear previous episodes of our film based talk radio show that we host with Hamish McAlpine, formerly of Tartan Films. Past guests have included CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER, TOM DICILLO, RICHARD JOBSON, ADAM ANT and LYDIA LUNCH
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