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British Short Films

Many British shorts have been mocked for their obvious punch lines and 'inside the box' shooting methods. Short film festivals in Britain are full of films that lose their value after the first view and often require little or no participation from the audience. I like to think that not everyone has this view (yes I am British) and that not all British filmmakers think within the confined walls of 'blockbusterism' (yes I am a filmmaker). To help battle the tides of ‘anti-British’ short film lovers and prove that we DO have something unique to say with our moving images, the Black Country Cinema movement will be exhibiting a series of short films dedicated to the poetry of everyday life. The event will be taking place in Wolverhampton, (UK) at the Light House Media Centre 29th September 2009 at 19:00. Admission is free. Details below:

This evening’s forum will showcase the first edition of Black Country Cinema’s Video Poems with themes ranging from the anxieties of having a recession proof job in the Black Country, to a man’s relationship with his hometown Wednesbury. The screening will include archive films from the Black Country.

Black Country Cinema was founded in early 2009 by a growing community of artists/poets who describe their work as ‘personal, instinctual & organic video poetry of everyday life’. Their influences include the Japanese silent filmmaker/director Shimizu Hiroshi and Iranian director, screenwriter & producer Abbas Kiarostami. There will be an introduction and Q&A by the artists/poets and an opportunity to find out more about the group and how to get involved.

Screen Forum is a regular meeting of practitioners and agencies who are involved in screen based creative industries within the region. The aim of the forum is to showcase quality work in the region and to facilitate networking, collaboration and the sharing of information and resources.

Admission free. For more info visit: To reserve a place contact Steph on e: or t: 01902 716055

Posted by: Manjeet Gill on Sep 20, 2009 at 2:37:15 pm british, short film, exhibition, poetry, west midlands, visit, wolverhampton

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Author: Manjeet Gill is the Creative Director at Birmingham Salute Media Productions Ltd and part of the Black Country Cinema in the UK.

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