Monday, 17 November 2014

Greenhorn Freakatorium in Crouch End

Half Wet - Directed by Sophie Gate
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Last night I attended the Animation Freakatorium at the Greenhorn Film Festival. It was a brilliant selection of short and very short films. The production values were high but where money ran low the films sailed along on strong concepts alone. This looks like one of London's little gems that I will be returning to again and again. The backbone of the films came from The Royal College of Art it seems, which must be a hot bed of originality.

Small people in hats by Sarina Nihei
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Hats off to the organisers of this bijoux festival, their selections didn't contain a dud. My favourite was 'Half Wet' by Sophie Gate which was a malleable masterpiece of surrealism. Some dazzled with visuals like 'The Elephant's Garden' by  Felix Colgrave and others with leftfield stillness like Sarina Nihei's 'Small people in hats'.

Music was represented with the stylish video for ‘Fear & Delight’ by The Correspondents, directed by Naren Wilks. I was lured there by Alban Low's very short conceptual film 'Ping Pong Paranoia' but it wasn't the strongest but maybe it had it own though provoking simplicity.

The strongest audience response was for 'Living with Jigsaw' by Chris Capel which tickled everyone's cinematic funny bone. Thank you Greenhorn.


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