HIDDEN FEATURES

 

HERE + NOW are excited to launch a new series of cinema screenings showcasing local film-makers short films in unusual hidden city spaces in Edinburgh. 

 

 Hidden Features events promote and provide a platform for local film-makers to share their work whilst also revealing and exploring hidden interesting spots of the city.  Each Hidden Features event takes place in a different nook of urban space, transformed into a cinema space for one night only,  and has a different theme.  

The first ever Edinburgh-based Hidden Features event took place on Thursday 27 August at 7.30pm along the theme of 'The Secret Life of the City'.  This first event included 18 featured film-makers' work, and live music from talented local singer-songwriter The Woods. The audience-picked top film of the night was shared by Scott Willis for his film Tales from The Revolutionary and Tom Van Den Hurk and IO FIlms for Blue Hour, with the prize sponsored by local independent beer and wine shop Beerhive.

Hidden Features builds on the series of 'Secret Cinema' events in Australia founded by HERE + NOW Curatorial Director Jenny Humberstone,  which brought together volunteers, local stakeholders, film-makers and artists to collaborate and co-create a series of projected film screenings that activated and enlivened vacant or stalled spaces, finding a creative use for these otherwise neglected nooks of the city. 

This series of hidden film screenings has now come to Edinburgh, and brings with it a great potential to find alternative and more productive uses for those hidden nooks of the city that would otherwise lay unexplored.  A small number of selected films from the original Australian series of events will also be shown in acknowledgement of how these ‘Secret Cinema’ nights have now been transformed into ‘Hidden Features’ to continue the series in Edinburgh. 

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Featured film-makers


David Cowan - Dust "I like to write stories and make films (when time allows) particularly those set in forgotten urban spaces. Participating in past Secret Cinema / Hidden Features events in Brisbane and Melbourne has been fantastic, because they offer the opportunity to merge story-making and urbanism, which are two great interests." 

David Cowan - Dust

"I like to write stories and make films (when time allows) particularly those set in forgotten urban spaces. Participating in past Secret Cinema / Hidden Features events in Brisbane and Melbourne has been fantastic, because they offer the opportunity to merge story-making and urbanism, which are two great interests." 

Walid Salhab and Michael Grant - Portobello, Edinburgh  'Portobello' is a film by Walid Salhab and Michael Grant from the Kinetic Film Project. Queen Margaret University's award-winning film team has created an impressive new short film which captures the beauty of Portobello's waterfront using a combination of hand-held camera work and aerial filmmaking.   www.qmu.ac.uk/kinetic-scotland

Walid Salhab and Michael Grant - Portobello, Edinburgh

 'Portobello' is a film by Walid Salhab and Michael Grant from the Kinetic Film Project. Queen Margaret University's award-winning film team has created an impressive new short film which captures the beauty of Portobello's waterfront using a combination of hand-held camera work and aerial filmmaking.   www.qmu.ac.uk/kinetic-scotland

Bobby Sayers - film 'A New Feeling Awaits' Bobby Sayer is artist based in Glasgow with a key interest in transformation of our everyday environments. He uses colour, shape, and form within my artworks to challenge traditional notions of beauty and value, examining the sublime within the everyday.  www.bobbysayers.com

Bobby Sayers - film 'A New Feeling Awaits'

Bobby Sayer is artist based in Glasgow with a key interest in transformation of our everyday environments. He uses colour, shape, and form within my artworks to challenge traditional notions of beauty and value, examining the sublime within the everyday.  www.bobbysayers.com

Ella Phillips _ Agency Agent _ Hidden Features filmmaker Ella Phillips often works with video installation, combining image, audio and text to explore the implications of context and spatial design. Interested in where architecture, performance and agency collides. She often responds to site as a starting, sometimes adopting the voice of the institution, using unreliable facts and absurd logic to reveal new perspectives and undermine authority.    www.ellaphillips.co.uk

Ella Phillips _ Agency Agent _ Hidden Features filmmaker

Ella Phillips often works with video installation, combining image, audio and text to explore the implications of context and spatial design. Interested in where architecture, performance and agency collides. She often responds to site as a starting, sometimes adopting the voice of the institution, using unreliable facts and absurd logic to reveal new perspectives and undermine authority.    www.ellaphillips.co.uk

Scott Willis _ Tapes from The Revolutionary What is it like to see the world through someone else’s eyes?  Filmmaker, Scott Willis discovers Andy, a self-proclaimed communist revolutionary that documents his life on a Hi-8 camcorder. Aiming to understand the purpose behind the tapes Willis picks up his camera, however Andy has his own agenda for the project.  Tapes from The Revolutionary is a humorous unconventional documentary that turns the lens on itself and examines the filmmaking process.   www.scottwillisfilm.com

Scott Willis _ Tapes from The Revolutionary

What is it like to see the world through someone else’s eyes?  Filmmaker, Scott Willis discovers Andy, a self-proclaimed communist revolutionary that documents his life on a Hi-8 camcorder. Aiming to understand the purpose behind the tapes Willis picks up his camera, however Andy has his own agenda for the project.  Tapes from The Revolutionary is a humorous unconventional documentary that turns the lens on itself and examines the filmmaking process.   www.scottwillisfilm.com

Yannick Dangin Leconte _ My Approaching Scotland In addition to painting and drawing, Yannick Dangin Leconte works as an installation and video artist. In recent years, he has focused his attention on directing music videos.   Since 2005, YDL uses the medium of video to create a narrative of his life, the ydlorphans vlogs, some autobiography at the Age of Broadcasting Yourself.   www.myworldishuge.com

Yannick Dangin Leconte _ My Approaching Scotland

In addition to painting and drawing, Yannick Dangin Leconte works as an installation and video artist. In recent years, he has focused his attention on directing music videos.   Since 2005, YDL uses the medium of video to create a narrative of his life, the ydlorphans vlogs, some autobiography at the Age of Broadcasting Yourself.   www.myworldishuge.com

Written by Daniel Hesford, Directed by Matt Strachen - An Ode to Modern Democracy and The Hairdresser Daniel Hesford is a screenwriter and graduate of the Scottish Screen Academy. He has collaborated with director-producer, Justin Molotnikov, and has been commissioned to develop a television pilot for Urban Myth Films. His short film, 'The Re-Enactors' shot recently in Roslin Glen, Scotland.   "I've been a fan of HERE+NOW for a long time - their work is unique and provocative and creates a space for some of the world's most overlooked and unexpected voices. Since my passion is for film, I'm thrilled to be a part of the first Hidden Features film night!" Daniel Hesford.       Contact:  @DanHesford  |  hjoyce@theagency.co.uk  

Written by Daniel Hesford, Directed by Matt Strachen - An Ode to Modern Democracy and The Hairdresser

Daniel Hesford is a screenwriter and graduate of the Scottish Screen Academy. He has collaborated with director-producer, Justin Molotnikov, and has been commissioned to develop a television pilot for Urban Myth Films. His short film, 'The Re-Enactors' shot recently in Roslin Glen, Scotland.   "I've been a fan of HERE+NOW for a long time - their work is unique and provocative and creates a space for some of the world's most overlooked and unexpected voices. Since my passion is for film, I'm thrilled to be a part of the first Hidden Features film night!" Daniel Hesford.       Contact:  @DanHesford  |  hjoyce@theagency.co.uk  

Thom Van Engelenburg _ Edinburgh A beautifully shot film with stunning panoramas of Edinburgh from film-maker Thom Van Engelenburg. www.thomvanengelenburg.com

Thom Van Engelenburg _ Edinburgh

A beautifully shot film with stunning panoramas of Edinburgh from film-maker Thom Van Engelenburg. www.thomvanengelenburg.com

Chris Rutterford - film still from An Audience with Bannockburn Am I making a film and the mural comes free or the other way around?  I have built more than a dozen murals in the last five years, many over 20 meters long.  My work in conjunction with editor Mettje Hunneman has become central to my practise.  Building films and time lapsing my output galvanises me on a daily basis.  The Audience with Bannockburn film we are showing tells the story behind the building of my 2014 Battle of Bannockburn commemorative mural. The process that took over a year and a half and involved hundreds of participants. I think it’s our best film yet.   www.chrisrutterford.com

Chris Rutterford - film still from An Audience with Bannockburn

Am I making a film and the mural comes free or the other way around?  I have built more than a dozen murals in the last five years, many over 20 meters long.  My work in conjunction with editor Mettje Hunneman has become central to my practise.  Building films and time lapsing my output galvanises me on a daily basis.  The Audience with Bannockburn film we are showing tells the story behind the building of my 2014 Battle of Bannockburn commemorative mural. The process that took over a year and a half and involved hundreds of participants. I think it’s our best film yet.   www.chrisrutterford.com

Rob St John, Sam McLoughlin, David Chatton Barker - film 'Ginnel' Ginnel is a collaboration between Rob St John, Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker exploring the links between language and landscape in Northern England.  Shot on Super 8 film, Ginnel was funded by the British Library and IdeasTap in 2014, following archive work at the North West Sound Archive in Clitheroe, Lancashire.  www.ginnelandsnicket.tumblr.com | www.robstjohn.co.uk | www.samalexmcloughlin.tumblr.com | www.davidchattonbarker.com

Rob St John, Sam McLoughlin, David Chatton Barker - film 'Ginnel'

Ginnel is a collaboration between Rob St John, Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker exploring the links between language and landscape in Northern England.  Shot on Super 8 film, Ginnel was funded by the British Library and IdeasTap in 2014, following archive work at the North West Sound Archive in Clitheroe, Lancashire.  www.ginnelandsnicket.tumblr.com | www.robstjohn.co.uk | www.samalexmcloughlin.tumblr.com | www.davidchattonbarker.com

Marcelo Zerwes _ Thinking Pedals Marcelo Zerwes is a filmmaker engaged in creating and promoting social change. Marcelo has an international experience making documentaries, having filmed in Brazil, Jordan, India and Australia, where he is currently based.    http://tamago.at  |  facebook.com/pedaispensantes

Marcelo Zerwes _ Thinking Pedals


Marcelo Zerwes is a filmmaker engaged in creating and promoting social change. Marcelo has an international experience making documentaries, having filmed in Brazil, Jordan, India and Australia, where he is currently based.    http://tamago.at  |  facebook.com/pedaispensantes

Tom Van Den Hurk _ Blue Hour At Io Films we love cinema that is sophisticated but still accessible.. With Blue Hour we have created a film that strongly follows our vision of cinema: cinematic storytelling rather than heavy dialogue and exposition, a story that is not fully resolved on screen but forces the viewer to actively 'complete' the film in his head, a film that is rich with symbols and references and allows for multiple viewings with always something new to discover. Blue Hour is a film that will reward those viewers who pay attention to detail and love to do a little detective work.

Tom Van Den Hurk _ Blue Hour

At Io Films we love cinema that is sophisticated but still accessible.. With Blue Hour we have created a film that strongly follows our vision of cinema: cinematic storytelling rather than heavy dialogue and exposition, a story that is not fully resolved on screen but forces the viewer to actively 'complete' the film in his head, a film that is rich with symbols and references and allows for multiple viewings with always something new to discover. Blue Hour is a film that will reward those viewers who pay attention to detail and love to do a little detective work.

Jen Martin _ Paddlers for Life My work questions the relationships between people and place, by looking at the transgressions, in-betweens and fluctuations of use. I look to unfold the learnt ideas of places familiar and ordinary, by looking at pivot, rhythm and use.  For me, showing Paddlers for Life at HIdden Features is important for celebrating this group and their resilience, their coming together. It's a chance for me to see others insights into Edinburgh and how one can never truly know a place fully.      www.ma-je.info  |  http://cargocollective.com/Jen_martin/You-re-leading-me-on

Jen Martin _ Paddlers for Life

My work questions the relationships between people and place, by looking at the transgressions, in-betweens and fluctuations of use. I look to unfold the learnt ideas of places familiar and ordinary, by looking at pivot, rhythm and use.  For me, showing Paddlers for Life at HIdden Features is important for celebrating this group and their resilience, their coming together. It's a chance for me to see others insights into Edinburgh and how one can never truly know a place fully.      www.ma-je.info  |  http://cargocollective.com/Jen_martin/You-re-leading-me-on

Owen Davey and Craig Bilham _ film still from Robey Owen Davey is a filmmaker and curator of www.video-srolls.com; an online archive and series of public screenings of films about place and journeying.  In his films he uses his own voice and writing or that of other people to tell short, sour and often humorous stories.  Robey is a collaboration between himself, the poet Tim Wells and the filmmaker Craig Bilham. 

Owen Davey and Craig Bilham _ film still from Robey

Owen Davey is a filmmaker and curator of www.video-srolls.com; an online archive and series of public screenings of films about place and journeying.  In his films he uses his own voice and writing or that of other people to tell short, sour and often humorous stories.  Robey is a collaboration between himself, the poet Tim Wells and the filmmaker Craig Bilham. 

Rasha Tayeh - Growing Food Project Growing Food Project (2013) is a short documentary written and directed by Rasha Tayeh, exploring Melbourne's local food movement and community food projects. Inspired by Melbourne's community food projects and Patrick Jones' poem, Step by Step - the film highlights stories of people coming together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems. Growing Food Project is a guest film taken from the Australian series of Hidden Features / Secret Cinema events organised by HERE+NOW Curatorial Director Jenny Humberstone in Melbourne and Brisbane 2013-2014.    www.growingfoodproject.org/  

Rasha Tayeh - Growing Food Project

Growing Food Project (2013) is a short documentary written and directed by Rasha Tayeh, exploring Melbourne's local food movement and community food projects. Inspired by Melbourne's community food projects and Patrick Jones' poem, Step by Step - the film highlights stories of people coming together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems. Growing Food Project is a guest film taken from the Australian series of Hidden Features / Secret Cinema events organised by HERE+NOW Curatorial Director Jenny Humberstone in Melbourne and Brisbane 2013-2014.    www.growingfoodproject.org/  

Edinburgh Printmakers _ A film by Make Works  Make Works are factory finders for designers and makers, on a mission to make local manufacturing accessible and inspiring. Our open access manufacturing directory lets you source fabrication with local factories, material suppliers and production facilities. We are interested in materials, machines and digital technology.  Make Works will be screening their short documentary film about Edinburgh Printworks at the Hidden Features event.    www.makeworks.co.uk

Edinburgh Printmakers _ A film by Make Works 

Make Works are factory finders for designers and makers, on a mission to make local manufacturing accessible and inspiring. Our open access manufacturing directory lets you source fabrication with local factories, material suppliers and production facilities. We are interested in materials, machines and digital technology.  Make Works will be screening their short documentary film about Edinburgh Printworks at the Hidden Features event.    www.makeworks.co.uk

 

Featured Musician

The Woods

The Woods

 

Talented local singer/song-writer Johnny McFadzean aka The Woods kindly delivered an exclusive live performance after the film-screening at Hidden Features on 27 August. 

 
 

'They told us we could fly. Then that they'd lied. But we try all the same.'   The Woods is the music of Scottish singer-songwriter Johnny McFadzean. A haunting voice that lays the soul bare, with words that strip back the everyday to expose its naked beauty. The songs hook your ear around corners you didn't see coming. Authentic new music developing its own style, Curly has caught the attention of BBC Introducing on 6 Music at its first showing. Debut EP 'The Start' out 28th August.

 
 

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