Love Works hard… Southbank Centre

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 Little Elephant and Chariot Riders, the Love Works pairing will be shown together as part of Southbank Centre‘s Alchemy festival 2016, from 18-30 May. They will play continuously looped one after the other on a monitor with headphones.

Alchemy festival is a collision of British Asian and South Asian arts, culture and ideas explored through music, dance, film, food, craft, talks and fashion.

Two, of the three-person core Love Works team live in London so friends, families, neighbours and all, do come down and take a look.

Other things which excite me at Alchemy: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate by Mawaan Rizwan; Tongue, Tied and Twisted by Peter Chand and Black Country Touring; Desi Pubs by Creative Black Country and partners and Burka Avenger by Aaron Haroon Rashid and co.

See you there!

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Little Elephant, Sheffield Creative Guild Launch Party!

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Little Elephant will be screened at the launch party of Sheffield Creative Guild on Fri 20th May, 8pm at Roco. A special programme of shorts has been curated by filmmaker, producer, programmer and tutor Rob Speranza for the occasion.

There will also be dance, poetry, music and performance on the night too.

Sheffield Creative Guild is connecting creatives from all disciplines, at all stages of their lives, from learners and workers, across the whole region. It is a collective creative call to action for South Yorkshire.

Whilst the event has sold out you can learn more about this new ventuture and become a member at a discounted ‘pioneer’rate up until the launch. About SCG and Pioneer Membership

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Small, beautiful and potent

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BFI_FLARE_MONO_POSLittle Elephant is selected as part of official selection for BFI Flare, London LGBT Film Festival 2016 with screenings on Sat 19 and Sun 20 March at BFI Southbank.

It is organised by the British Film Institute and now in its 30th year, it is the UK’s premier queer film event. The festival includes a selection of the best films submitted to this year’s BFI Flare programme. The festival’s broken down by the themes of: Hearts, Bodies and Minds. Little Elephant is programmed as part of the Minds category and showing as part of Flipbook – a selection of animated shorts.

Sat 19 Mar, 2.10pm, Screen ‘NFT3

Sun 20 Mar, 8.40pm, Screen ‘Studio

Only in 2012 I recall being frustrated at the lack of culturally diverse films screening especially in a melting pot city like London. It feels good to be making a contribution to redress this in our own small way. Little Elephant is small, beautiful and potent. Whilst set within a specific community it is about the universal bond between parent and child.

Saturday’s screening will be the first where the director Kate Jessop, writer Carl Miller and I will be present. We’re also joined by Ernest Ignatius who plays the inimitable father in the film and his real-life daughter.

The festival runs from 16-27 Mar at the BFI Southbank: British Film Institute, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London SE1 8XT.

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Tricky Women

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Little Elephant to be screened at Tricky Women, an international festival for female directors working in animation, held annually in Vienna, Austria. Our film will be shown in the Beside Oneself category on 3 and 5 March. Kate Jessop, the film’s director will be there to talk about elephants, love and animation.Arts Council England

 

Here’s the trailer for the festival.

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18-laff-logoTongues on Fire, organisers of London’s 18th Asian Film Festival have selected both Little Elephant and Chariot Riders for this year’s annual short film competition. Thirteen shorts ranging from drama, documentary and animation will screen on Saturday 5th March from 1.30-4pm at Regent Street Cinema, London.

The shortlisted films to be screened are:

A Mother Dir. Aroop Dwivedi. T.E.A.R.  Dir. Jenny Longworth. Parchhai Dir. Jeff Goldberg. Keechadpanti Dir. Anant V Keni. Rickshaw Passenger Dir. Aneel Ahmed. Rat Children Dir. Aki Nawaz. Little Elephant Dir. Kate Jessop. Borders Dir. Elizabeth Mizon. Chariot Riders Dir. Kate Jessop. Siberia Dir. Faraz Ansari. First Love Dir. Danish Renzu. Heer Dir. Honey B Singh. Tehzeeb Dir. Myriam Raja. Film Synopses and Bookings

I’ll be there as well as Carl Miller. Yay! 🙂 Do say hello! Kate Jessop will be chaperoning Little Elephant in Vienna.

Best Animation Nominee at LSFF 2016

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Little Elephant nominated for Best Animation at London Short Film Festival in the Best Animated Short Film category. A privilege and honour! Well done team: Kate Jessop, Carl Miller, Ernest Ignatius and Bharti Patel for making it possible!

Kate and I will be there for the New Shorts Animation Selection screening tomorrow – Sun 17 Jan, 6pm, ICA, Cinema 1. It will be a showcase of the best UK and international animated films submitted to the festival.

Chuffed!

In Solidarity with Kumu Hina

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We are delighted to be part of this year’s Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in London. The festival runs from today until Sunday. The programme includes 22 features, 88 shorts, 3 exhibitions, 7 performances, 10 workshops/panels.

My film Little Elephant directed by Kate Jessop and script by Carl Miller, is about a woman’s estranged relationship with her father.

It is screening alongside documentary feature Kumu Hina. Directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson invite us to imagine a world where a child can grow up to be the woman of her dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Hinaleimoana is a proud and confident mahu (a person who embraces what is considered both the male and female inside). She is the wise, passionate, tattoo-covered, outspoken kumu (teacher, leader) who you cannot help but fall for as she negotiates the struggles of her new marriage and guides the determined young student Ho‘onani in this refreshing and irresistible documentary about being true to yourself, fighting for love and through heartbreak, and the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture in modern day Hawai’i.

Directed Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson. Producers Connie M Florez, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson. Editor Nels Bangerter. Score Makana. With Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Haemaccelo Kalu, and Ho’onani Kamai.

The films are screening

Friday 27 November, 8pm, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, £7.

Sunday 29 November, 2pm, Rose Lipman Building, Hackney, £5, or £7 on door.

The director of Little Elephant Kate Jessop and I will be at Friday’s screening at Bernie Grant Arts Centre. So if you make it do say ‘hello!’

After the recent experience at Shout in Birmingham, I’m looking forward to seeing Little Elephant on a large screen again with a room full of different people. And I’m even more excited to see Kumu Hina which looks like a beautiful film: the story, visuals and it’s spirit.

Little Elephant was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Seed Funding was provided by: Gem Arts, Sheffield City Council, Homotopia and Shout Festival.

Supported by Arts Council England

Midlands Home Coming

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We are delighted to be screening Love Works at Shout!Birmingham’s LGBT festival, now in it’s 7th iteration. Both Little Elephant and Chariot Riders will be screened as part of Shout Out alongside a couple of other films: Bulls by Joan Montesinos, which explores homosexuality within sport and Coming Out Stories by Birmingham LGBTCR6

The film programme will run on a loop from 12.30 – 3.30pm, on Saturday 14 November 2015, at Mac Birmingham, commencing afresh half past the hour.

I’ll be around to say ‘hi’ or have more of a natter if desired.

Hope to see you. Bobby 😉

Little Elephant’s Indian Premier

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We are utterly thrilled to be screening Little Elephant in the Indian capital on Sunday 1 November 2015, as part of 4th Delhi Shorts International Film Festival. It is now more important than ever to be presenting diverse sexual minorities in all its hues which makes us human. We would have loved to have been there, but next time hey! Wishing all a fantastic festival. Further info.

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Love Works Academic Screening

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SexGenLittle Elephant and Chariot Riders, the Love Works Duology will have a presence at the forthcoming British South Asian Issues of Gender and Sexuality event, at the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences, organised by the SexGen Northern Network.

The event takes place on Friday 30 October, 2 – 5.30pm, at Quayside, University of Huddersfield.

SexGen is a collaborative interdisciplinary network bringing together gender and sexuality based research centres around the North of England. It aims to bring academic research, writing and thinking on gender and sexuality into conversation with the ideas, cultural expressions and knowledges of community groups, cultural sites and activist organisations.

If interested in attending contact the Administrator, Alison Holmes a.holmes@hud.ac.uk