Sideways Looks

Issue date: 20 May 2010

Martin Bigg Image Film & Media Festival 2010
Saturday 22 11.00 – 19.00 (wrap party 19.00-21.00)
Exhibition continues Sunday 23 May 11.00-17.00

Students studying Media and Cultural Studies, Film and Journalism at the University of the West of England will present innovative new work in this year's Sideways Looks Film and Media Festival.

The Festival includes print, web media, video and photography work, and reflects a critical understanding of contemporary culture. In past years, work shown at the Festival has gone on to win awards, and students have developed successful careers in media production, design and research.

On Saturday 22 May there will be a programme of short film screenings including documentary, fiction and experimental work, alongside an exhibition of photography and interactive work, with a second chance to view the films and the exhibition on Sunday 23 May.

Shahan Miah's work, Unimagination 2.0, focuses on using comedy in an online setting, “I am someone who has ambitions to get involved with comedy, and while this primarily involves stand-up, not everyone goes to a comedy club to make themselves laugh. Where is another place that these people usually go? Online. This module has reminded me that I can use different mediums to produce something cultural, critical, and hopefully humorous.”

“My project originally began, based on a radio sketch show I did, as an idea of combining image with sound, but I also turn it on its head by satirising the medium itself, and how what you see isn't what you hear, and vice versa"

Living without money is the subject of a photography and journalism project by Charlotte Sexauer, called 'All that is solid'. She says, “I spent three days with Mark Boyle (founder of The Freeconomy Community - - who has been living without money for 17 months) in order to experience his lifestyle. I learnt a lot about life without money, using natural resources to produce energy and food. This was a very rewarding experience, which also allowed me to do a photo shoot for Mark's column in the Guardian online, which starts on 1 June.”

Student Martin Bigg, has created 'Digital Destruction', an interactive game that challenges the concepts of reality and fantasy by using real photographs with game-like mechanics.

Senior Lecturer, Michelle Henning, who is coordinating the event this year, says, “It is fascinating to see how students are applying their skills and creativity and using the tools of new and old media to create innovative and interesting new projects. The students have done all the design, publicity and technical support for this festival, as well as producing the work, which helps them build the skills they need to find work in the media industries when they graduate.”


Editor's Notes

Sideways Looks Film & Media Festival 2010, takes place at

Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH
Saturday 22 10.00-19.00
Wrap party 19.00-21.00
Sunday 23 May 11.00-17.00

The show website is
For directions to the venue please visit the Paintworks website:

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