Kin La Belle
Upon returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo after spending more than a decade in the United Kingdom where my family and me had emigrated when I was a child, I found myself falling in love with my country and Africa all over again. Although trapped in a system of recklessness and political unrest as constantly portrayed by the media it was wonderful to see that these negative stereotypes that were being put out by the media were only showing one side of a country that was once a shining symbol of Africa’s modernity, growth and prosperity. This short film aims to explore and show the other side of the Democratic Republic of Congo that is often ignored or misinterpreted by the media and unknown to the international community.
Project focuses on the cultural identities we carry with us. It is an experience film, which shows two art students going through their everyday routes through the city they live in, in this case it is my original hometown Riga, and my new hometown – London. It focuses on the most significant places that describe the city; versus places we see and go through every day, like market, park or busy streets. Video leads from the public spaces to more private- the studio where artists create art, which undoubtedly is subconsciously inspired from the environment they spend most of their time in.
Project – The Inhabitant, in a way is a love story between two people that have never met, and never appear on the screens at the same time, except the end. They both go about their daily lives the same, linked by their passion and drive for creating art, therefore appearing on the screen together only when in connection with art. Videos are made for viewers to immerse and experience different cultures. Background noises are accompanied with music, traditional to the countries represented, to enhance the immersion.
Videos show different aspects of nationality, environment, collective memory and most importantly how it is all linked to our own self-identity.
The ‘Mad Scientist’
This presentation takes a look into gender; more specifically how masculinity has changed over the years and its portrayal within film. The presentation exhibits these points through a Hammer Horror classic The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and a more recent addition to Hammers collection The Quiet Ones (2014). It focuses on the male ‘Mad Scientist’ within these films and closely analyses his traits and attributes. The men themselves will be dissected as a character to demonstrate the progressive journey, as well as his personality, that leads him to embodying the ‘mad scientist’. With close reference to Donna Haraway’s theory of the ‘monster’ it drives the presentation forward into looking at the creations of these scientists and the lengths in which they are willing to go in the name of ‘science’. By disturbing the balance of nature, comes the inevitable consequences that will be brought to light through various events that will be explored in the films. The relationship these men hold with women will be discussed through the use of Judith Butlers theory of women being a ‘threat’ and the fear of ‘female castration’ in order to exhibit the women’s role in society at the time and how they are treated by these men; as a distraction and an object. This leads into the final section of the presentation delving into the historical context of the time in which these movies are set and how these films are used as a medium, embedded with reflecting fears and anxieties.
Where is your place for inspiration?
The film tells a story of three main characters who found their favourite inspirational place in life.
Renata, art photographer based in London. Her inspiration she found in areas such as Shoreditch, Hoxton and Brick Lane. She is really passionate about graffiti’s on the walls. She combines her art of taking photos with a street art.
Angelika, a 40 years old woman, who is living in countryside house near Moscow. She surrounded by animals. Every weekend she is spending her time in stable, she has her own horse, his name “Voyatel”. Riding a horse it’s not just a hobby for Angelika, it’s her life. It’s better to say that animals are all her life. At home she has 3 dogs and 8 puppies .She finds her inspiration and love in her animals, her life seems to be really different from life of many people in big urban city such as Moscow.
Elena, girl who is travelling to Eastbourne to her favorite place (Beachy Head) and red lighthouse. This place is the most inspirational place for her and represents her life in England.
Maybe everyone has a place for inspiration or maybe favorite places of my characters will become a source of inspiration for my viewers. I believe that, documentary is the best type of genre where you are able to catch a visibility of language, through the different techniques, which film director will decide to use – Varvara
“Thinking outside ‘the box’ gender representations on the screen
This presentation focuses on the way in which women are represented by the media within the surfing industry. It firstly will discuss the way in which both male and female surfers are portrayed leading to discuss how only female surfers are represented. It will highlight the way in which two contrasting professional surfers are currently represented, both recognised for their surfing ability yet focusing on how one is more recognised due to her making a career in modelling based on her appearance. I will then be discussing and analysing three surfing films that portray women in three different lights. The first film is Blue Crush, (2002) and is directed by a male. The portrayal of the women in this film is interesting due the director being male. The second film I will be analysing is Point Break, (1991). A female directs this film and it is interesting to analyse the way in which females are represented in a mediocre way represented as surfers not as sexual objects. The third film being analysed is Soul Surfer, (2011). This film is based on a true-life story and follows the lifestyle of a young female surfer who got attacked by a shark and lost her arm. As a female surfer myself I will be highlighting the way in which I feel the industry represents women and how I feel women should be recognised for their athletic skills in the sport not just their appearance and looks.