LIAF 2015 – closing event
Doors 7pm £10 full/£8 concession
7-30pm: Becky and Joe/Chris Shepherd screening
8-40pm: Onstage Q&A - Becky and Joe, Chris Shepherd and Nag Vladermersky (LIAF)
9-30pm: Late Night Bizarre screening.
The London International Animation Festival (LIAF 2015) – closing event at the Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD -
Chris Shepherd, Joe and Becky screening plus onstage Q and A + Late Night Bizarre screening.
Join us for the culmination of LIAF 2015. We plan to send the festival off in style with 3 very special guests who will be with us onstage to tell their own inimitable stories. In their own ways Chris Shepherd and Becky and Joe have been producing amazing, scary, confounding and hilarious short animated films throughout the 2000’s.
Having met at Kingston University, Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling started the THIS IS IT collective with some friends, which allowed them to work on a variety of projects and hone their talents as animators. They've made music videos for Tame Impala, Delicate Steve and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, designed window displays for Selfridges, and made some of the strangest short films we’ve ever had the pleasure to screen at LIAF, in particular the 5-part Kickstarter funded series ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’. Each episode is made to appear like a typical children's television programme, consisting of singing and talking puppets similar to those of Sesame Street but they eventually take a dark turn, usually involving gore.
Chris Shepherd is one of the most cherished names in the UK independent animation scene and a frequent contributor to LIAF. His work fuses comedy with commentary on the darker side of human nature and he has made numerous award-winning short films that have screened to universal acclaim around the world. 2015 has seen Chris make 3 collaborative music clips for HeCTA and Reverend and the Makers. This screening focuses on a mix of his music clips and his celebrated comedic short films.
As well as screening their films Chris, Becky and Joe will take part in an informal onstage chat with LIAF Director Nag Vladermersky.
And to cap the evening off we’ll be screening the perennial LIAF favourite – our collection of the weirdest films submitted to LIAF 2015 –the Late Night Bizarre collection. Expect Andy Warhol, death and lust, exploding balloon people, dead cats, alcoholic centaurs and the most terrifying ambulance ride you have ever been on.
Late Night Bizarre screening – film titles/synopses:
Master Blaster Director: Kawako Sabuki Japan/4’00 A girl would like to be together forever with her sweetheart. Emotions start swirling. Yearning, possessiveness, jealousy, and guilt.
Arts + Crafts Spectacular #3 Director: Wolf & Ritterskamp Germany/4’35 Amanda Lear narrates the latest stop-motion masterpiece from Wolf and Ritterskamp – their personal take on the shooting of Andy Warhol by Valerie Solanas back in 1968.
I am Glad we can be Honest about This Director: Alexander Gellner Germany/6’20 Murder! Vengeance! Lust! Truth and loyalty! – shifting from saccharine song and dance to violent outburst in the blink of an eye, a kaleidoscopic journey through the lives of a dysfunctional family.
Bump Classique Director: Ben Wheele UK/3’35 Creepy balloon people and a large pin are a recipe for fun, but please don’t explode!
Lesley the Pony has an A+ Day Director: Christian Larrave USA/4’10 Lesley the Pony goes on a fun-filled adventure through the town of Merryville making lasting memories with his friend, The Duke.
The Uncustomary Occurrence Director: Ian Zell USA/8’15 Tired of being picked on, a lonely child summons up a demon for company and protection.
Post Industrial Director: Boris Pramatarov Bulgaria/3’20 Eleven floors of thoughts held tight by iron brackets.
Crack Hous Director: Martinus Klemet Estonia/4’30 Who said there were only 101 ways to use a dead cat? New options emerge as the technology gets better – but first you start by nailing it down.
Creosote Director: Chris Sickels USA/2’55 A stranded car leaves its driver scanning the horizon for help. He finds a centaur with a drinking problem who offers a unique repair in exchange for a favour.
Pupa Director: John J H Lee Canada/4’00 Puberty shouldn’t be like this!
Beautiful Director: Jin Woo South Korea/7’30 Imagine taking the strangest surrealist artist’s imagination, plugging it into an animating machine, mainlining concentrated caffeine directly into its cortex, electrocuting it and making it draw stuff!
That's Not Supposed to Happen Director: Rory Kerr Ireland/4’00 Love, hate, values, manipulation, cause and effect, extra-terrestrial life and Madonna – all addressed by two aliens in under four minutes.
Splintertime Director: Rosto Netherlands/10’55 The latest monstrous masterpiece from the Baron of Bizarro, the maestro of mayhem – Rosto. Thee Wreckers, at their ghoulish best, smoke snake and wind up in a nightmarish ambulance ride to freedom or oblivion.
This event is part of the London International Animation Festival (LIAF) an annual 10-day festival screening from 4 to the 13 December. Full festival information at www.liaf.org.uk