Spotlights: Sci-Fi & Fantasy - March 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 March will take a look at filmmakers who dabble in the wonderful world of sci-fi and fantasy, featuring Danann Breathnach, Aurora Fearnley and Jamie Stone.

Wednesday 4 March 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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Aurora Fearney

After graduating from The Northern Film School Aurora co-founded Leeds Production Company LEFT EYE BLIND. Here she directed promos signed to ACADEMY FILMS before winning the EPIC award to co-directed short "Life on the Line".

Winning The Pitch in 2014 Aurora recently wrapped on sci-fi short “Pulsar” starring David Gyasi. Previously she directed "Shades of Living" with UKFC funding, which was signed to Shorts International. Nokia funded her Period Drama short film "Daniel", which premièred at Edinburgh IFF.

Franc Roddam is mentoring Aurora through the WFTV scheme. She is developing features through Birds Eye View’s FILMONOMICS, 104 Film’s Digital Revolutionaries and Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle.

Jamie Stone

Award winning Scottish director and Screen International Star of Tomorrow, Jamie Stone graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2012. Jamie’s short films are often characterised by vivid fantastical worlds playing host to intimate family dramas. His most recent short, the BFI funded sci-fi: Orbit Ever After, was nominated for a BAFTA and has won prizes at several festivals across the world. Recently Jamie has started working in TV drama, directing period dramas The Village and X Company. He is currently working on a new sic-fi comedy drama for E4.

Danann Breathnach

A multi-international award winning filmmaker, Danann has a slate of projects in development including a non-broadcast pilot for CBBC and his first feature film ‘Desolate Days’ originally conceived through BFI & Screen Yorkshire’s ‘Triangle' 2014 scheme. He made the viral hit and Vimeo Staff Pick ‘A Love Story In Milk’ and his RTE commissioned web series ‘Cuckoo’ has had enormous international success this passed year. Most recently, he completed commercial stings for Electric Ireland sponsoring 'The Graham Norton Show', TV commercials for MCL Insurance ( and a well received long form dramatic commercial for children's charity 'Place2Be'.