The Great White Silence at Newhaven Fort

We had a great time, and a fantastic turn out, at Newhaven Fort on Saturday evening, with our special screening of The Great White Silence. We had some interesting discussions with many members of the audience after the event – we were so pleased that everybody found the film so engaging!

Here are some photographs…

We projected a stock footage video of Antarctica at the entrance of Newhaven Fort

We projected a stock footage video of Antarctica at the entrance of Newhaven Fort

Here are some of our visitors arriving at the Fort.

Here are some of our visitors arriving at the Fort.

Here's a family group arriving at the Romney Hut, for the Screening

Here’s a family group arriving at the Romney Hut, for the Screening

The audience start taking to their seats!

The audience start taking to their seats!

...and here's an 'audience eye view' of the film underway! We nearly had a full house, with only a couple of tickets to spare, and a few house seats at the back!

…and here’s an ‘audience eye view’ of the film underway! We nearly had a full house, with only a couple of tickets to spare, and a few house seats at the back!

 

This weekend, on 22 June, there will be a special screening of one of Team Filmspot’s favourite films, A Canterbury Tale in Veules Les Roses, France, to mark their twinning with the picturesque Sussex village, Alfriston. We have helped to organise the film and licencing for this event, which we hope will be a success. Sadly we can’t make it over ourselves, but we look forward to posting about it soon. In the Autumn, we will present a French film, as suggested by the film club in Veules Les Roses – more news about this will appear over the summer.

We’re also looking forward to screening The Great White Silenceat Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum (in honour of Salisbury0born Herbert Ponting, the Director of the film) in October – more details will appear on here and the Filmspot website later in the Summer.

Our next event at Newhaven Fort will be in the Autumn, when there will be all sorts of ghoulish fun for our screening of Ghostbusters on 2 November.

They Clapped Until She Bowed Once More: 100 Years of Women’s Music

The Filmspot team have an exciting winter ahead – for starters, we have our first event in London!

We’re going to be up at St James’s Piccadilly next Friday, 4th November, assisting Amy Cunningham at the upcoming concert, They Clapped Until She Bowed Once More: 100 years of Women’s Music, presented by Contemporary Connections.

Female composers have fought for years against the perception that writing music is a man’s game. This misperception will be challenged at a concert to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Society of Women Musicians (SWM).

The concert will include pieces written by women in the early and mid twentieth century against a background of suffrage, feminist campaigning and social change. These will be juxtaposed with specially commissioned responses from three contemporary composers Amy Cunningham, Lynne Plowman and Rhian Samuel.

Filmspot will be working on the video projections for Amy Cunningham’s performance for voice and single screen video, On Standby (2011)

In 1944, a young Daphne Oram who was later to become pioneer of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, worked at the Royal Albert Hall as a programme engineer. She was on standby to sync up gramophone records with live music in case of a bombing raid.

‘On Standby’ is part of a series of works investigating the role of women in the assimilation of pioneering technology into culture. Shifting between recorded material and live voice, this work uses imagery and sound from contemporary mobile phone advertising and seeks out fault lines and limitations in their construction and content. The voice is intended as a way to access these fault lines, to amplify them and to pose questions.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, telephone 020 73810441 for reservations. For more information, contact contemporaryconnections2011@gmail.com or find contemporary connections on Facebook.

Amy Cunningham: Biography

Process, transformation and mediation are central to Amy Cunningham’s practice. Her artworks are realised in a variety of media including film, video, sound, drawing and performance. A key medium is her classical singing voice. She sees her artworks as vehicles that travel back and forth between the obsolete and the futuristic, exposing and embracing gaps and glitches in forms, media or ideas. This process has led to a series of works in which a conflation of time periods and subject matter occurs, including a fictional computer game in a real 18th century garden, opera as a video installation and an Internet broadcast as a song cycle. Cunningham has recently been selected for the PRS for Music Foundation, New Music Incubator 2011-2012.

Amy Cunningham studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art, London and The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Since 2000 she has exhibited performance, installation and screen-based work in various galleries and Festivals in Europe including: Café OTO, Norwich Gallery, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery London, Soundwaves Festival, Brighton, ZINGERpresents, Netherlands, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, SC Gallery Zagreb, Croatia and Serpentine Gallery, London. Since 2004 she has been a key member of the artist collective SpRoUt. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Music and Visual Art, University of Brighton. http://artsresearch.brighton.ac.uk/research/academic/cunningham