Diverting temporarily from our usual film-versus-music style, in March we decided to take on the strange and immersive world of comedy through a range of sketches, mockumentaries and animations. This took place in the Horse Hospital on 11th March, and enjoyed a thrilling response from a very receptive audience.

The following films were shown:

Beedeer by Christopher Poole (2010)

Christopher Poole’s comedy sketches and music videos have earned him recognition as an up-and-coming pioneer of the internet era. His film Give Us A Break won many awards including 2 Royal Television Society awards in 2009. Since then he has gone on to have the film played during trailers in cinemas across the country. Beedeer is the first of many ‘foreign remake remakes’ starring Turkish film star 'Osker Hooey’. The ‘film’ is a faithful recreation of a foreign unfaithful recreation of Dr Who. Rob Hoey, who plays Dr Hooey, has been acting in comedy sketches and touring with his band for 5 years. He has recently just finished working on a show with David Walliams.

A Squid Like Me / Big Heart by Tatiana Moshkova (2010)

Tatiana Moshkova was born in 1987 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. she attended a drawing course at Saint-Petersburg Academy of Arts from 2002 to 2006. She then studied at Saint-Petersburg State University of Cinema & TV, specializing in direction of animation and computer graphics. She currently works as a freelance animator and has participated in various international short film festivals. A Squid Like Me (2009) tells the story of a little squid who shares his thoughts about life. In Big Heart (2010), if you have a big heart who will you give it to?

Ham Man by Sam Jeffreys (2011)

In 2006, Sam Jeffreys produced an over-ambitious no-budget feature that was a great learning experience but a bit of a failure as a film. He then spent a few years working on scripts with writing partner Luchian Deurell and trying to raise money to produce them. Deciding that not enough was happening on the South coast, Sam moved to London in late 2010. Ham Man is his first attempt at directing. Shot mostly in one day on a cameraphone, it was a reminder of something very important: If you want to make films, you just have to get out there and do it.

Credits: Sam Jeffreys (Director & Writer), Luchian Deurell (Writer), Dom Burke, Tania Ricardo, Luke Rind, Dan Ruiz, Rokhee Kim (Cast)

Toothless by Steven Dorrington (2010)

Toothless is mockumentary following the Toothfairy’s transformation as she resorts to inventive but unethical methods of tooth collection in her heinous quest for a better life. This is Writer/Director Steven Dorrington’s second comedy short following up the success of his 2010 silent comedy Lonely Lucky Dead. Steven’s other work includes educational dramas and short documentaries and he is currently developing his third comedy short entitled My Beautiful Courgette and directing selected episodes of Orpheos Production’s The Machine of Death web series.

Credits: Steven Dorrington (Producer, Writer & Director), Rebecca Gross, Judith Everson (Cast), Emma Bailey (Director of Photography), Bonnie Rae Brickman (Editor), Richard Lauw (Original Music & Sound Design) Jihwan Kim (Original Music), Lukas Leitner (Sound Design)

The Office Orphan by David Lilley (2010)

The Office Orphan is a satirical take on the recession and the lengths that some businessmen will go to in order to save money. Director David Lilley graduated from Film Studies at Staffordshire University in 1996. Since then he’s been producing self funded low budget shorts and music videos that have had worldwide screenings at such places as Cannes Film Festival, Raindance, ITV, Channel 4 and MTV2. In 2006 he founded Loonatik and Drinks with long time collaborator Stephen Gray. Together they have produced numerous short films that have enjoyed worldwide screenings and they were nominated for a BIFA award in 2006.

Credits: David Lilley (Director & Editor), Julie Bower (Writer), Karen Malin (Producer), Sam Pamphilon, Steve McNeil, Louis Greatorex, Kevin Norcross, Anthony DiPrizio (Cast), Owen Tooth (Director of Photography), Sara Donovan (Assistant Director), Stephen Gray (Visual Effects), Chris Baume (Sound), Tim Osbourne (Music)

Hippo Birdwings by Andrew Rowe (2009)

Andrew Rowe is a sound artist and musician. He has worked with sound in a professional and creative context since 1996 and gained a degree in Sonic Art from Middlesex University in 2009. Since then he has displayed work in galleries, exhbitions and independent film nights, including Whirlygig’s first event last year.

Hippo Birdwings contains video and subtitled audio recordings of conversations between Rowe and a Nigerian friend named Olayinka Olaruntuyi. The film uses conversation as an art material which is orchestrated, recorded, edited, composed and presented. The film is part of a continuing film project about friendship and is experienced as a piece that celebrates the differences that exist between people.

Have A Go by Alistair Parkhurst (2010)

Alistair Parkhurst is a director and freelance editor. He lives in Cardiff and has worked on award winning shorts such as Glow and Mummy Fell Asleep, which have both won awards at the International Film Festival of Ireland. He is currently developing two feature scripts and directing a web-based comedy series in London, as well as working on a variety of editing projects. In Have A Go, a man is late for work and his mobile is dead. Whilst desperately trying to hail a taxi he is trapped between a mugger and his victim...

Credits: Alistair Parkhurst (Writer, Editor & Director), Samantha Price (Producer), Vivian Paul Thomas (Director of Photography), Blayne Bennett, Tina Barnes, Antonio Rimola, Jamie Roberts (Cast), Brian Murell (Sound)

Limited Connectivity by Nick Shaw (2010)

Nick Shaw’s music videos have been widely distributed by MTV and have been described by the Guardian as “Alice In Indieland”. He is now focusing on short film as a way to tell dark, witty stories on masculinity and Britishness. His MA graduate film The Pane Of Glass earned him a Young Filmmaker Of The Year nomination at Cinemagic Belfast 2009, while last year’s Jostle was longlisted for the Virgin Media Shorts competition.

Limited Connectivity is a mockumentary set in a vinyl-only record shop and was nominated for the BCS award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010. It marks the continuation of his intention to cast talented live comedy performers in both comedy and straight roles.

Credits: Nick Shaw (Writer & Director), Lucy Pawlak (Camera), Mark Jasper (Sound), Neil Fergusson (Editor), Charles Watson (Music)

The Art of Making Friends by Paul McNulty (2010)

Paul McNulty is an animator from Ireland who recently graduated from the University of Wales. The script for his graduate film The Art of Making Friends was created with material that was sourced from the short documentary Cornershop of Horrors (2009, Dir. Aaron McKeever & Jack Somerville) and rearranged to tell an entirely different story. Paul is currently working as an animator at Amanandink Studios in Galway.

Credits: Paul McNulty (Director), Mitch Crockett (Voice), Eddie Lang (Music)

Betty by Jessica Wainwright (2010)

In a small town between Liverpool and Manchester 22 years ago, Jessica Wainwright was born with a need to create ‘things’. A love of tactile, nostalgic and handcrafted art naturally led her into an exploration of the endless possibilities animation has to offer.

Initially intent on making 2D hand drawn films, she made the transition into 3D stop motion in whilst at university. She went on to make Betty in her final year. Using second hand commonplace materials, Jessica’s primary motivation in making films is the desire to open the viewer’s mind and elevate the ordinary.

Credits: Jessica Wainwright (Director), Emma-Rose Dade (Assistant Animator), Llio Eilwen Peachey, Rhian Elin Peachey (Welsh Translation), Betty Jane Garratt (Voice)

O.C.D by Juan Paredes (2010)

Juan Paredes started working in media after completing some short-films as an Advertising student in the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota, Colombia. He created the original idea and wrote the screenplays for an internet / mobile miniseries for the Discovery Channel network in Latin America. In 2009 he decided to take a Master in Film Direction in Barcelona. Since then, he has worked on many short films and a feature film.

His film O.C.D features a man who suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The need to leave the controlled environment of his home becomes a problem when he’s forced to interact with people in a place foreign to him.

Credits: Juan Paredes (Writer & Director), Diego Arbaieda (Writer), Cèsar Salgado (Director of Photography), Alba Martinez, Mar Rego, Maria Sabucedo (Producers) Stefano Laboni, Rebeca Gómez, Mari Carme Franquet, Francesc Carbó, Guillermo Zouain, Jorge Vañó (Cast)

3 Lives by Mark Withers (2010)

'3 Lives’ was the title given to the Alma Films team by the London Fringe 48hr film challenge in August 2010, along with the theme of romance and a running time of 5 minutes. Beyond that director Mark Withers and his crew could do whatever they liked in the space of 2 days. So what could be more romantic than a wedding? Withers wrote a script but encouraged improvisation and ran the day like a real wedding, keeping actors in character and shooting on the hoof. This was Alma Films’ third 48hr film challenge, winning it twice previously. 3 Lives made it three times in a row.

Credits: Mark Withers (Writer, Director, Camera Op & Editor), Trudi Jackson, Vivienne Gibbs, Matthew Walker, Fliss Walton, Lucy Caplin, Al Constantine, Nish, Tim Diggle (Cast)

While You Were Out by Jamie Sims (2011)

There isn’t a person alive that hasn’t gone through the exact same thing as the hero in While You Were Out. Director Jamie Sims actually wrote the film during the exact same event, so you could say it’s based on true events! Jamie began working as an actor and very quickly started producing his own work under the company name EsquireFILMS, making shorts, virals for companies and parodies of films including Normal Activity, a spoof of Paranormal Activity which got included on the UK DVD release of the film. Jamie is currently studying Film at Farnham UCA is now prepping for his next short Are you there?

Credits: Jamie Sims (Writer, Producer & Director), Duncan Wigman (Cast), Patrick Casey (Cinematography & Camera), James Wright (Sound)

Photocopy Frankie by The Jelly Moustache (2010)

The Jelly Moustache began in London in early 2009 when short film Or Kwood was nominated for The London Short Film Festival. This was followed up by low budget hit Something For The Wickend which was nominated for film nights and festivals around the world, including winning The Peoples Choice Award at The London Short Film Showcase in Canada. In late 2009 The Jelly Moustache secured a regular sketch show on Shorts TV and is currently broadcast across the Shorts International film network in France and America. In 2010 they produced an online comedy football news show for Shed Media and are currently finalising funding.

Credits: Howard Cohen (Director, Producer, Writer & Cast), Douglas Pledger (Writer & Cast)

Sis by Deborah Haywood (2009)

Sis is Deborah Haywood’s third short, which is doing the festival circuit and has picked up a few awards along the way including Best Short at Soho Rushes Short Film Festival. She has just finished a new short, called Biatch. Deborah is also working on an original feature called Bite, and an adaptation of award-winning novel The Killing Jar, which she is co-writing with author Nicola Monaghan. Deborah is represented by Toby Moorcroft at Sayle Screen.

Credits: Deborah Haywood (Writer/Director), Tina Pawlik (Producer), Anna Seifert-Speck (Story and Script Development), Gabi Norland (Director of Photography), Blair Barnette (Production Designer), Lucas Roche (Editor), Susan Pennington (Sound designer), Demi-Jo Parker, Billie Lee Parker, Sarah Heaney, Ed Gaughan, Joe Dryden, Louie Guest, Vicky Parker, Tom Parker (Cast)

Zombie Asockalypse by Paul Bruce (2009)

Paul has directed nine short films, including Edinburgh Arts Council funded short film Mikey Brown (1991). He also coordinates the Leith Short Film Festival. Zombie Asockalypse was filmed almost entirely inside a washing-machine box and has to date been screened at ten film festivals, including London Short Film Festival earlier this year, and has won two awards. The team are currently working on the follow-up...Sockzilla!

Credits: Paul Bruce (Director, Producer, Editor & Cast), Deborah Farnish (Cast & Production Assistant), Gregor Fergie (Cast, Sets, Editor, Producer & Screenplay), Iain Stephen (Music), Justine Blair (Cast & Art Consultant), Margaret Henderson (Cast, Producer, Puppets & Sets), Joe Peat (Cast)