The film sector in the city is diverse and innovative. A few examples follow that illustrate the range of work being made by film makers in the city, and those that came before:
Musician, filmmaker and writer, Barry Adamson is a latter-day Renaissance man. He talks to Film City Brighton about his twin passions, music and film, as well as the special connection he has with the city and the people that live there.
Read more here: www.filmcitybrighton.org/barryadamson/
Ben Wheatley and his long time collaborator Amy Jump are based in Brighton and are often described as amongst the most exciting film-makers in the UK. This is typified by their approach in their successful film last year A Field in England. Not only was it shot in black and white but it was also the first film simultaneously released in the cinema, on disc, on download and on free to view TV. This innovation and risk taking marks Ben as firmly in the tradition of the Hove Pioneers.
Documentary-maker Daisy has made films about immigrant children in the UK, fans of the boy band One Direction fans and arranged marriages, among other things, and has been nominated for a BAFTA for her Channel 4 series ’15’.
Phil Grabsky is an award-winning documentary film-maker. With a film career spanning 25 years, Phil and his company Seventh Art Productions make films for cinema, television and DVD. He has won many awards for his innovative approach to event cinema, creating high quality filmed documentaries/ live cinema events from private views of some of the most prestigious museums and galleries in the world.
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards including the Samsung Art + Prize UK’ 2012 for new media and the ‘Golden Gate Award for New Visions’ at San Francisco International Film Festival USA 2012.
Brighton born and based Yes/ No Productions achieved international success with their stage and screen Stomp and Lost & Found Orchestra shows. Recently they have moved into making 3D documentaries focusing on the ocean and underwater ecology. Their films Wild Ocean, The Last Reef and The Great White Shark are receiving awards and accolades at film festivals across the world.
Brighton based Jeff Keen (1923 – 2012) was a hugely original avant-garde film maker and artist whose huge canon of surreal, funny and satirical work was particularly taken up by the skater and punk movement.
James Williamson (1855-1933) was a filmmaker, manufacturer, producer, showman and inventor. He was part of the hugely influential Brighton School of cinematography and has been described as one of the most influential figures in the history of world cinema as a pioneer of film narrative.
See more Brighton & Hove film history here
Although now based in London, Ben Rivers cut his teeth in Brighton and developed his unique, ethereal style here (whilst also running the underground arthouse cinema Cinemateque). He has gone on to win international acclaim for his work which cleverly blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction. More recently he was the recipient of the prestigious Open Commission run by Artangel and BBC Radio 4.