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Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

The first UK film festival dedicated to craft and making announces its line-up

The festival includes a Manga-inspired animation, Star Wars shadow puppetry, a humorous take on the artisanal food movement, and documentaries featuring the likes of Andy Goldsworthy, Sir Terence Conran and Eric Gill.
The UK’s first film festival dedicated to crafts and making launched by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, is set to be among the highlights of this year’s London Craft Week.
Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival takes place on the evenings of 4 and 5 May at Picturehouse Central in London’s West End, with a carefully curated programme of different films shown each night.
Following an open call, 36 films have been selected from well over 300 submissions, covering the gamut of styles from animation to satire and from documentaries to surreal art pieces. As diverse as the films are, each looks at our relationship with materials and making in different ways.
Highlights include award-winning director Liam Saint-Pierre’s documentary following artist and inventor Dominic Wilcox on his quest to transform the mundane into something extraordinary, and Lionel T Dean’s tribute to 1950s Japanese science fiction T-Rex versus The Gorilla: Quest for the Stone.  The festival also features the UK premiere of Gill & Gill, which looks at humanity’s relationship with stone through the stories of two masters: rock-climber John Gill and letter cutter Eric Gill.
Other names to look out for in the programme include: glass maker Matt Durran, paper artist Su Blackwell, Studio Swine, and shoe designer Marloes ten Bhomer, and a film featuring the likes of Sir Terence Conran, designer Paul Smith, and architect Amanda Levete.
Other highlights include:

  • The Survivor Sofa Story, directed by Paul Wyatt, follows a team of designers, including Ella Doran and Xenia Mosley, as they rescue a settee bound for landfill and transform it into something new.
  • The Wish List asks some of the most illustrious names in architecture and design such as Sir Terence Conran, Paul Smith, and Amanda Levete
  • Teresa Mahoney’s Sewing Stories follows UK based textiles artist Harriet Riddell’s journey travelling across India with her sewing machine taking pictures of places and people.
  • New Hope: WayangKulit, directed by Gloria Kurnik, brings together traditional Malaysian shadow puppetry with Star Wars to uplifting effect.
  • Cat McShane’s Family Business: The Secret Recipe of the Blue Plaques introduces us to the Ashworths who make London’s iconic blue plaques.
  • In Mind Over Matter, directed by Vincent Skoglund, we meet designer Anton Alvarez and his extraordinary Thread Wrapping Machine.

To see the full programme and snap up the last remaining tickets (£10/£8 concs) click
here to buy tickets now
Picurehouse Central's building is accessible to wheelchair users. All films being shown on Thursday 5 May will be subtitled by Stagetext.
“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. We were delighted to receive 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.” – Grant Gibson, Editor, Crafts
“We’ve put together two evenings of film that offer an intriguing, entertaining mix of genres and styles, from experimental animation to documentary. The resurgence of interest in craft has resulted in a host of beautiful and interesting new films on the topic. Appealing to craft enthusiasts and the wider public alike, this is a rare chance to view them on the big screen.” – Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council
For further information, images, and to request a press ticket for Real to Reel please contact Sara Khan on +44 (0) 20 7806 2518 or s_khan@craftscouncil.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

About London Craft Week

  • From 3 - 7 May 2016 London Craft Week will showcase exceptional craftsmanship from around the world through a journey-of-discovery programme of over 130 events across the city.
  • The aim of London Craft Week is to experience the magic of true creativity, see what real quality means, meet some of the world’s most respected makers and artists and even have a try.