Lincoln film to feature at the EIFF

 

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has revealed a host of movies with Scottish connections set to play at its 70th anniversary edition, with one coming all the way from Lincoln!

The festival will see the world premiere of ‘Natalie’, a short film directed by Dr Mikey Murray, from the Lincoln School of Film and Media, and exec produced by his partner Angela Waddell who also works at the University.

The film, which stars renowned actress Kate Dickie, well-known for her portrayal of Lysa Arryn in Game of Thrones, is in competition at the festival in the Best Short Film category.

In the film, Natalie, a determined woman in her forties returns to the village of her troubled childhood for her father’s funeral. Compelled by the prejudice her family has shown towards her and painful memories of her upbringing, she confronts her past in order to be at peace with her future.

The pair were inspired to create the film to expose some of the casual prejudices they witnessed growing up in ‘small-town’ Scotland, and returned to Dr Murray’s hometown of Carnoustie in North East Scotland to shoot the film. They were joined by LSFM graduate, Tara Clements, who took on the role of Production Assistant.

The Lincoln connection continued when the group returned to the University, drawing on the expertise of several members of academic staff to complete the film. Chris Hainstock took care of post-production sound on the film, while Jon Holmes graded the film and Jack Shelbourn shot additional pick-up cinematography. The original music to the film was written and performed by David McSherry.

Dr Murray has previously won four awards for his films, including the New Talent Scottish BAFTA Award for Best First Time Writer in 2008.  He has also been selected for this year’s ‘Talent Lab’ at the EIFF, a coveted four-day industry networking event for ‘up-and-coming’ filmmakers.

For more information visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6596938/

 

Success for SFPA Senior Lecturer in British Council Showcase 2017

An academic at the University of Lincoln is celebrating after his company is selected for the British Council Showcase 2017.

Dr Andrew Westerside, from the School of Fine and Performing Arts, is the Co-Artistic Director of Proto-type Theater, a company of multi-disciplinary artists based in the UK who make and produce original work that is diverse in scale, subject and medium.

The company has been selected for the 20th anniversary Edinburgh Showcase, the British Council’s biennial platform of contemporary UK performance alongside the Edinburgh Festivals in August.

As one of the most prestigious platforms for touring theatre and performance in the UK, it is one of the biggest opportunities for theatre and dance companies to introduce their work to international promoters.

Speaking after the announcement, Dr Westerside said: “Being in the Showcase feels like a really big stamp of approval for your work. There’s only 30 pieces of work selected, and to be part of that, out of a whole industry’s worth of work, is fantastic.

“Being selected means that programmers and presenters from all over the world get to see your work, and that can mean making new international partnerships and touring opportunities.

“In 2011, when we were last selected, we were lucky enough to travel to Armenia and Zimbabwe as a result of the showcase. It’s an incredible way to bring your work to wider audiences, because being part of the showcase is a recognition that your work is of an international standard.”

The play that will be performed at the showcase, ‘A Machine They’re Secretly Building’ has now been published by Oberon Modern Plays. To find out more, visit: www.oberonbooks.com/a-machine-they-re-secretly-building.html

Animation Degree Show

Event | Animation Degree Show

Location |Odeon Cinema &
Stephen Langton Building University of Lincoln Brayford Pool, LN6 7TS

Date & Time | 7th June. 12-2pm In Odeon & 2-5pm in SLB

Admissions | Free and open to everyone

Join us for the show at 12-2pm in the Odeon and 2-5pm in Stephen Langton Building and see a showcase of stunning students’ work on the BA (Hons) Animation course at the Lincoln School of Film & Media. The Animation Degree Show will be a lovely way to celebrate end of year work and meet the animators.

So please join us to enjoy the success of our final year animation students!