July 6, 2012

Press Releases


Big Dance and Channel 4 in association with BAFTA will release Big Dance Shorts, five specially commissioned short films made by rising young choreographers and film-makers, chosen by competition and made with the support of leading film luminaries.

The films will be broadcast as part of the Random Acts strand on Channel 4 and also screened to live audiences across the country during Big Dance Week, which will run from 7-15 July 2012, as part of the London 2012 Festival.

The films are:

Visually rich and culturally loaded, VIDA LONGA is an intimate journey, a simple game,  between one of the oldest and youngest Capoeira Masters in history. Directed by Bertie and Choreographed by Ponciano Almeida.
Produced by Vicki Banwell for Bertie Films.

The ebb and flow of a journey to work. An animated film Directed by The Brothers McLeod and Choreographed by Struan Leslie.
Produced by The Brothers McLeod.

In a sleepy laundrette a curious girl follows a mysterious young man through the door of a washing machine… Directed by Felix Harrison & Kate Prince and Choreographed by Kate Prince.
Produced by Tom Booth for Contented Productions.

Inspired by real-life events, DOUBLE TAKE is a story of family rivalry and reconciliation along a trail of forgotten memories. Directed by Sam Hodges and Choreographed by Ben Duke.
Produced by Sophie Vickers for Greene Light Films.

Two men embark on an epic physical journey evolving before your eyes. They seek to define and express the symbiotic relationship between rhythm and movement…or do they? A witty and lighthearted wink at contemporary dance! Directed by Heather Eddington and Choreographed by Pete Shenton & Tom Roden of New Art Club.
Produced by Donna Harry & Nikki Parrott for Tigerlily Films.

The schedule of screenings is as follows:

Channel 4 Random Acts:
9 July 23.40: Holloway Laundrette
10 July 24.10: Vida Longa
11 July 23.05: The Click
12 July 24.10: Double Take
13 July 23.40: Swim

Live audience screenings as part of the Big Dance Pop Up Cinema Tour:
11 July: Riverfront, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
14/15 July: Latitude Festival 2012, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
15 July: BAFTA (by invitation only): BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1

The five Big Dance film proposals were selected from a field of 100 proposals by an expert jury including Tabitha Jackson, Arts Commissioning Editor, Channel 4, Akram Khan, choreographer, Gitta Wigro, Arts Council England, Kevin Macdonald director, Nik Powell, Chair of BAFTA and Jacqueline Rose, Director, Big Dance.

Each project received a package of support including guidance from experienced Executive producers Ivana MacKinnon (The Scouting Book for Boys; Slumdog Millionaire; The Descent 2) and Andrea Cornwell (Last Days on Mars, Micro Men, The Scouting Book for Boys), as well as access to BAFTA mentors including BAFTA and Oscar winning Editor Chris Dickens (Submarine, Paul, Slumdog Millionaire), Location Manager Jane Soans (Sherlock Holmes, W.E.) and BAFTA nominated Director Amanda Boyle (Cast Offs, Skins).

Channel 4 is the broadcast media partner of Big Dance 2012. In addition to the Big Dance Shorts, Channel 4 will screen a one-off full-length documentary, Big Dance, on Sunday 15 July, following the ambitious project of world-renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor: choreographing over 1000 performers to create one epic scale 40 minute work in Trafalgar Square on Sat 14 July.
Production Company: Leopard Films. Directors: Ross MacGibbon and Mathew Tucker.

Big Dance is delivered by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and the Foundation for Community Dance, with a network of Big Dance Hubs; leading dance organisations around the UK. In London, Big Dance has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, with additional support from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts. 

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