Spotlights: Family Affairs - January 2015

Whirlygig Cinema’s Spotlights is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month, each event is inspired by a particular theme or genre. From animation to art, screenwriting to sci-fi, Spotlights strives to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing handpicked film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.

Spotlights in January will focus on filmmakers who point their cameras at real and fictional families and the relationships within them, featuring Duncan Cowles, Michael Pearce and George Watson.

In partnership with London Short Film Festival.

Wednesday 7 January 2015
Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Doors 7pm / Films 7.30pm. Tickets £5 Door / £4 Advance / £3 WhirlyBadge holders & Picturehouse members

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Duncan Cowles

Duncan graduated Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 with a 1st Class Honors in Documentary Film, focussing a large amount of his work on his own family. His graduate film Radio Silence was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award and his earlier short The Lady with the Lamp travelled internationally before receiving 300,000 views overnight online. Duncan currently works on the programming team behind Edinburgh Int. Film Festival's feature documentary strands and at the Scottish Documentary Institute where he has recently just completed his latest short film Directed by Tweedie which was commissioned through Creative Scotland.

Michael Pearce

Born in 1981 in Jersey, Michael studied Film Directing at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth. His graduation film, ISAAC & ELLEN won Best Screenplay at Cherbourg Film Festival and Top Prize at the Sehsüchte International Film Festival. Michael was then awarded the David Lean Scholarship to attend the National Film & Television School to study Fiction Direction. His graduation film, MADRUGADA won the Top Prize at Branchage Film Festival and The Royal Television Society Award for Best Short Film. His next short, RITE, was nominated at the 2011 BAFTA's and BIFA's, travelled at over 40 festivals and won Best Short at Rushes Soho, Message to Man and Almeria Film Festivals. Michael was then selected to be one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow and Channel Four's 2013 Coming Up Scheme. His recent short, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, was made the BFI Short Scheme and was nominated for the 2014 BAFTAs and premiered at Clermont-Ferrand.

George Watson

George is an award winning director who began his career in documentaries before switching to drama. He was nominated for Shots magazine's new director in 2013 for his short film CHILD, loosely based on the relationship with his father. CHILD was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and also screened in front of Ben Wheatley's Sightseers at the 2012 LFF. His latest short film TWELVE starring BAFTA winning Monica Dolan and BAFTA nominee Joseph Mawle was screened at the 2014 London Short Film Festival and has won both best drama and screenplay accolades. He is currently prepping for his feature film debut which is being shot in early 2015.