Digbeth is the oldest part of Birmingham and almost certainly the most bizarre. This video stroll is an attempt to commune with the district’s hidden heritage – Deadly Serious style.
Made by Andy Howlett and introducing James Conway in a very important role.
A celebration of the miracle of life, made using recycled footage taken from the Internet Movie Archive (archive.org), and music from the insanely prolific Kevin MacCleod (incompetech.com). Written, narrated and edited by Andy Howlett.
If one were to believe the tourist brochures (and American movies) Britain is a land bucolic tranquility, Stonehenge and quaint villages that have changed little over the centuries. This film looks at a different side to the UK – a land of grim urban decay, banal suburbs, dark Satanic mills (now closed and about to be turned into a 24 hour Tesco) and a nagging feeling that, well, everything’s just a bit crap. And where better to begin than in Slough….
For the benefit of those who need a little encouragement before they commit half an hour of their life to watching a sprawling, zero-budget, experimental film made by people they’ve never heard of.
1. A muddy or marshy area; a swamp
2. A situation characterised by lack of progress or activity
3. A condition of degradation, despair, or helplessness
Made by Andy Howlett and Paul Sayers
With invaluable technical support from Stuart Mills
Music by Kevin McCleod (incompetech.com)
Made for the IdeasTap Editor’s Brief competition with the theme of “grow”.
“To kick off, our springtime theme is Grow. Growing plants, growing in height, spiritual growth – however you tackle this theme, we want to see your work. Have as much fun as you want with the theme – we’re looking for an original take on it, executed with flair and style. ”
We didn’t win.
Made as part of the Five Stories High event for the Flatpack Festival 2012. We were given less than a week to throw something together and this was the result.
“With your help we’re aiming to recreate the entire plot of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, through the medium of song, performance, film, illustration and literature (and probably a few others). Each participant will be allocated a slice of the Charles Foster Kane saga (around 6.5% of it), and will then have to work out an interesting way of telling it.”
Our part was the opera house section from 01:21:41 to 01:34:15.
Andy can no longer endure the humdrum of daily existence and he resorts to increasingly desperate measures in his attempts to get lucid and escape into a fantasy dreamworld, much to the chagrin of his long suffering housemate.
What is ZEUS…
You are ZEUS… I am ZEUS… ZEUS is all… ZEUS is nothing…
Ancient mythology, impenetrable, the mists of time…
What is time…
time… time… time… T…I…M…E
Questions fundamental to beingness
Questions… Questions… Questions…
But what about answers?
You are the answer… I am the answer…
ZEUS is the answer.
Winner of Best Egg (2011 Van d’Or Awards)
An intimate insight into the complex mind of…
A semi-autobiographical exploration of…
A post-modern deconstruction of the filmmaking process, a freeform film essay incorporating such avant-garde techniques as…
An unpredictable and extremely idiosyncratic stream of consciousness…
A film about itself
A self-deprecating/self-reflexive metafilm that simultaneously…
A bloated, self-indulgent exercise in…
A radical, micro-budget call to arms for disenfranchised filmmakers everywhere. A passionate, provocative and relentlessly…
(Basically this is what happens when you can’t think of any ideas for what to make a film about… you make a film about yourself trying to think of ideas for what to make a film about)