Southend Shorts

Big Screen Southend is pleased to present a monthly screening programme to detail the work of local artists, filmmakers and students based in Southend-on-Sea or across South Essex.

As part of an open-call process, each select submission is awarded a 1 month slot for a daily screening of the work as part of Big Screen Southend’s commitment to the engagement of moving image in the public realm.

Southend Shorts can be viewed on Big Screen Southend daily at 12.00pm and 2.00pm.

21 October to 20 November 2017

Christopher Ian Smith
'New Town Utopia' Teaser, 2017.

'New Town Utopia' is a documentary film about the challenging, funny and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.

Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (Arterial, Cumulus) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously). New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. For more information, please click here

21 November to 23 December 2017

Charlotte Meldon
'HMS Belfast', 2016.

In this short animation piece based on the military vessel of the same name, a scripted dialogue imagines the perspective of the 77 year old ship in its current static mooring along the River Thames. The piece also recreates the visual method of dazzle camouflage, a technique used to paint warships to distort enemy perspectives.

Meldon is interested in Military history; her process includes using archival and hearsay research to use as the material basis of her work. She also graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in July 2017. For more information on her practice, please click here.