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Ctrl.Alt.Shift Film Shorts National Premiere

Posted in Everything Else, Exhibitions by Paul on May 16, 2009

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On Thursday evening I attended the Ctrl.Alt.Shift short films national premiere held at Shoreditch Studios. The evening marked the culmination of a national competition launched by Ctrl.Alt.Shift back in 2008. The competition invited aspiring filmmakers aged between 18 and 25 to write a treatment based around one of three key issues: ‘War + Peace‘, ‘Gender + Power‘ and ‘HIV + Stigma‘.

The five winners were given the opportunity to bring their treatment to life on the big screen and in addition to being provided with a budget and cast, the prize included mentoring by some of the UK’s best directors such as Aoife McArdle, Chris Harding from Shynola, Kinga Burza, Paul Andrew Williams and Jim Threapleton. The five winners showing their films at the event were Tim Travers Hawkins, Joe Patrick and Tim Woodall, Fern Berresford, Ben Newman, Alex Monro and Sheila Menon. And the results of these collaborations were some brilliant, creative and engaging shorts; ’A Thousand Voices’, ‘HIV: The Musical’, ‘Man Made’, ‘No Way Through’ and ‘War School’. Some of the cast in the films included Julian Barratt (Mighty Boosh) and Martin Freeman (The Office), and also specially recorded soundtracks in the shorts by Young Knives, Chipmunk, Shy Child, Metronomy and Jesca Hoop.

I have to say my favourite of the five was the first one shown, ‘War School‘. It role reversed (like a few of the other films also did) a school here in England to one where child soldiers are trained to fight in wars. Some very powerful imagery and camera shots made this by far the best short in my opinion. Children training with machine guns in their PE lesson, military chanting of “we are the future” and a single school boy who pays the ultimate price for being made an example of, his life. A creative and thought provoking evening overall and their were some amazing posters designed to go alongside the five shorts which I am now frantically trying to find out who designed them. Check out Ctrl.Alt.Shift’s blog below which should have the evening posted on it soon as well as their (great designed) website. I knew a little bit about Ctrl.Alt.Shift before but I will now be keeping a closer eye on things with them.




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  1. Chantelle said, on May 18, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Nice review, great to hear positive feedback on the work. As for the posters, I can shed some light. They were made by a company called We Are Dorothy. Big up Ali everytime!

  2. Paul said, on May 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for that Chantelle :) – was an ace evening! Do you reckon I could get my hands on a copy of the posters?


  3. Paul said, on May 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    And do they have a website – I can’t seem to find it?

  4. Ali said, on May 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    You can find us at http://www.wearedorothy.com – glad you liked the posters Paul. Hopefully they did the films justice. Not too sure if we’re going to have any spares from the evening. But will put your name down for one just in case….any favourite?

  5. Paul said, on May 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Ali,

    Thanks I’ve actually come across you guys before now I’ve seen the site – is it just a contact link, or do you have any other work online?

    The Man Made/Division sign posters were my favourites but all were excellent – really eye catching so any would be fine. I wouldn’t mind paying for the prints if you can’t get hold of any spares?

    Really appreciate it.


  6. abby said, on June 10, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    are there any more photos from the premiere or is the one above the only 1 you have Paul?

  7. Paul said, on June 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Sorry Abby, it’s the only one I got!, have you checked their blog/website – may be some more on there?

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