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Making the real thing

London sees the launch of a new film festival, ‘Real to Reel’

Now, obviously we’re biased, but if you were looking to choose one event to go to during this year’s London Craft Week then we’d heartily recommend Real to Reel. Crafts magazine and the Crafts Council have launched a new film festival, held on two evenings (4 and 5 May) at Picturehouse Central in London’s West End, devoted to making in all its shapes and forms.

Still from The Reinvention of Normal by Liam St-Pierre featuring Dominic Wilcox

Based around the theme of our ‘Material World’, it will showcase an extraordinary and eclectic range of features, documentaries and shorts with a cast list that can only be described as stellar. Names to look out for include: Sir Terence Conran, Andy Goldsworthy, glassmaker Matt Duran, Dominic Wilcox, paper artist Su Blackwell, Studio Swine, shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer and, with a nod to the historical, Eric Gill. 

‘Why have we decided to launch this festival? Quite simply it has been impossible to ignore the steady stream of shorts based around making and makers,’ explains Crafts editor, Grant Gibson. ‘We were delighted to have received over 300 submissions from our open call, and the task of whittling that down to around two hours of film an evening has been hugely difficult. That said, we couldn’t be more excited by the programme.’

The Survivor Sofa Story by Paul Wyatt and featuring Ella Doran and Xenia Mosely

Meanwhile, the Crafts Council’s creative director, Annie Warburton, says the evenings will contain ‘a provocative and entertaining mix of genres and styles – from experimental animation to heavyweight documentary – that will appeal to craft enthusiasts but also to the wider public. Importantly, too, we believe that Real to Reel will prove to be a major event in years to come.’  

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Links to these films and further additional content are available to subscribers to Crafts magazine through our digital edition and app. Find out more here