Keith Rodway and Garth Twa, directors of Trash Cannes
Garth Twa is an award-winning filmmaker and author and has appeared at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard in L.A., the Chulmleigh Society in Devon, Lemuria Books in Jackson Mississippi, and at Shakespeare and Company in Paris. He was also featured on NPR. His first book, Durable Beauty, was a Los Angeles bestseller, of which Dick Wolf (Law & Order) said, ‘Garth writes like a southern madwoman stoned on absinthe.’ His latest book, My Ice Age, follows his journey from growing up on the Arctic Circle in a tiny Eskimo settlement called Repulse Bay, riding his ten-speed bicycle to Los Angeles, California, to living and working in desperation in L.A. He writes for numerous publications, and his films have appeared in festivals in America and Europe.
Keith Rodway began his 35-year tenure in the arts in Mark Perry's art-punk collective, The Good Missionaries, in 1979. He subsequently produced 60s guitar ace Mick Hutchinson's 1997 come-back album Eclecticus and has worked most recently with American countertenor, Derek Lee Ragin. As an author he has written a book about Destiny's Child and 35 audio books for Chrome Dreams, covering everybody from Backstreet Boys to Syd Barrett. His series focusing on beat authors and mid-20th century cults included Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Mind - The Rise and Reckless Fall of Lenny Bruce. He has received plaudits for his work from such diverse sources as The Sunday Times, Mojo, Ptolemaic Terrascope and Beefheart.com.
As a filmmaker he is currently working on his fourth short drama.
He was born and bred in Hastings, where he lives still.
Our patron: TV Smith
TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in the summer of 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences.
A full-length documentary on TV Smith titled “We Who Wait: TV Smith & The Adverts” was broadcast on BBC 4 in the summer of 2012, and was shown a Trash Cannes 2013..
Latest news, archives, and photos – as well as a fan forum and a webshop of all currently available releases – can be found at www.tvsmith.com
Judy Parkinson is the author of best selling books on mnemonics, 'I Before E, Except after C' and British history 'Remember, Remember the 5th November'. She writes, paints and has produced music videos, commercials, films and television documentaries.
'OVER FORTY YEARS IN THE TELEVISION FACILITIES AND PRODUCTION SECTORS HAS TURNED MY SKIN INTO THE HARDEST LEATHER IMAGINABLE.
NOW, AFTER LEAVING WHAT IS LEFT OF THE SOHO I INHABITED FOR SO LONG, I HAVE RETURNED TO MY ROOTS AND AM STILL VERY HAPPY, AND EMINENTLY ABLE, TO IMPART WHAT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE I HAVE WITH A SMILE, A JEST AND A LAUGH. I STILL PLAY JAZZ TRUMPET WITH SOME DEGREE OF FLAIR.'
Ben Browton was born on the Isle of Wight in 1958. Between the years of 1977 and 1980, he was the singer and lyric writer Seymour Bybuss for punk band The Shapes, based in Leamington Spa in the Midlands. The band released two 7" singles, and became a favourite of John Peel's, recording a session for his Radio One show. They supported bands such as the Cure and the Fall, as well as playing many gigs in their own right. 2014 has seen the re-release of the two singles on Paramecium Records of Madrid, and the vinyl 12" issue 'More Songs For Sensible People' on Overground Records. A documentary about the band 'A Film For Sensible People' is currently in production.
In 1985 Ben gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London. Over the ensuing years, he has continued to make and exhibit sculpture and installations, and has also been involved in live performance. In 2008, after an enforced break from art-making, he launched back into his practice with a new body of work 'The TOXIC Project', which now embraces object-making, installations, digital collages, multiples, screen prints, publications and intermittent musical compositions. Ben has been involved with Trash Cannes since 2012, and is now co-director for the 2014 Trash'd New Wave events.