Whirlygiggles - East End Film Festival

Following on from our successful comedy night in March, Whirlygig Cinema took Whirlygiggles to the East End Film Festival on Monday 2nd May. This formed part of their Movie MayDay; a free mini fringe festival celebrating film in all its forms, across 88 venues in London's East End.

The following films were shown:

Such a Strange Face by Sam Rees & Tommy Tempa (2010)

Sam's process is a kind of investigation/search for new forms/sequences to marry/reproduce/collate into prints, comics, zines and animations. He has a passion for the faux-naive, outsider artists and child art which often results in his work containing a sense of humour, absurdity or just plain downright stupidity.

Tom is fond of dirty sounds and tape hiss. He enjoys the process of collecting small sounds and samples and reworking them together in an unrecognisable way to create new music. Tom also produces mainly instrumental music under his moniker Tommy Tempa. He also collaborates with two other musicians in a hip hop collective known as Mancini and The Creepers.

Film credits: Sam Rees (Director & Animator)
Musical credits: Tom Fisher, aka Tommy Tempa

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.

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)

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.

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)

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)

Custard by Peter Millard (2010)

Peter Millard is a director and animator currently studying an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art in London. His seemingly non-narrative films depict subconscious thought and internal conflict in a chaotic yet honest way. His graduation film Custard has been screened at various different screenings and short film evenings across London and Bristol and has been in competition at animation and short film festivals in the UK and Europe.

The Driving Test by Seán Breathnach (2009)

Sean Breathnach has been writing scripts and making short films for almost a decade now. He is an administrator of egomotion.net - a film collective in Cork, Ireland. He filmed The Driving Test in various locations around Cork city and county on a long day of driving for cast and crew!

Rush Hour by Alex Ashton

Alexander Ashton was born a poor, beautiful child. Equipped with only a dream and a bad case of piles he hoped that one day he would change the way people think through the power of spiritual communication and yoga. Failing that, he decided to make some silly films instead.

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)