CURRENT & RECENT PROJECTS: visible institute
The film DOCUMENT & its veracity - V-inst & BFI
A joint research studentship and TECHNE consortium funding bid has been successful and will be run in partnership with British Film Institute (BFI) Education. Co-supervision will take place and the PhD student will be based at both KSA and the BFI Southbank. The supervisory team will include: Phillip Warnell (Director of Studies), Julian Rodriguez, Dr Paul Gerhardt (BFI), Mark Reid (BFI Head of Education).
‘The Film Document and its Veracity’ is an enquiry into the sources, origins, definition and potential of archival material (films, scripts, documents) held in the vast national film archive held at the BFI. It will examine the process by which documentary and broadcast news, presented as definitively edited films and summarized perspectives, can be re-considered when revisiting their source material, enabling a forensic comparison and potential reworking of previously edited, commissioned and 'produced' accounts. The project aims to question the veracity of sources, unlocking and harnessing the extraordinary potential of the national archive, revealing a range of broadcast, cinematic, social and ideological tropes.
A new film being made by artist filmmaker Lucy Parker (joint Course Leader for BA Filmmaking) tells the story of the construction industry blacklist, which was operated in secret over many years to systematically deny work to thousands of workers involved in trade union activity. Unable to find work and without understanding why, the blacklist had detrimental effects on their lives creating paranoia, isolation and poverty, as well as health and safety risks on construction sites, as effective reps were excluded. Produced by City Projects with financial support from Arts Council England (ACE).
STOP PLAY RECORD - random acts - Playback
Kingston School of Art's Filmmaking and the Visible Institute lead for Kingston University in this partnership which is funded by Channel 4 television, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Arts Council England (ACE) in commissioning and executive producing short three minute films with production budgets.
All completed films have the chance to be featured as part of the Channel 4 Random Acts television programme and the programme includes free monthly filmmaking workshops, talks and masterclasses at the ICA and across all STOP PLAY RECORD partners. These opportunities offer young people the chance to work closely with industry professionals and focus on all aspects of film production. Film at Kingston have already successfully executive produced twelve films, half of which have been realised by MA Experimental Film and BA (Hons) Filmmaking students. We currently (2017/18) have a further six films in production.
Phillip Warnell, Anne-Kathrine Bindesbøll, Richard Squires, Ed Lawrenson and Jacqui Davies are working on the project.
The 'Playback' touring exhibition of over 150 films made so far by all the national network partners was hosted at Kingston School of Art (Knights Park campus) in October and November 2017. The project, now completed, ran between 2015-2018. Showreel of clips and link to Kingston produced films below...
ming of harlem
Phillip Warnell's film project 'Ming of Harlem' and his wider research into human-animal relations and the ambiguities of knowing wild minds was financed by The Wellcome Trust, ACE, the Belgian Experimental Film fund and Flanders Film Fund. Ming of Harlem was installed as part of the 'Making Nature' exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in 2016-2017 to visiting audiences of 250,000. In 2014 it was awarded the Grand Jury 'Prix Georges de Beauregard' at the FID Marseille International film festival, and in 2015 the 'Culturgest Prize' at IndieLisboa festival in Lisbon. Two symposia on the subject have taken place at the ICA convened by Phillip Warnell: a workshop entitled 'Human-Animal encounters' relations (Artists' moving image biennial, 2016) and 'Wild Minds' in 2017.
The project forms the basis for further research - on life-worlds and film typecasting - to be undertaken during a Harvard fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute/Film Studies Centre that Warnell will be undertaking during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The hysterical laughter of the cartoon villain
Richard Squires current project, ‘The Hysterical Laughter of the Cartoon Villain’ long-form documentary, is due for release this year (2018). The film, made with financial support from the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, explores the psycho-social relationship between villainy and laughter as revealed through the character of ‘Clovis’, a cartoon villain whose design makes reference to a series of Hanna-Barbera villains voiced by the American actor Paul Lynde in 1969. This interdisciplinary and collaborative project, featuring academic input and co-operation, focuses on scientific notions of abnormal laughter, representations of hysterical male behaviour and their latent presence in the maniacal laughter of the cartoon villain.