TRASH CANNES HASTINGS 2013 CONTRIBUTORS
Since 1988 Daisy has made 18 films for Channel 4 and the BBC and won a number of awards including RTS Best Documentary Series two years running, and a Bafta nomination. She started in documentary as a receptionist for Windfall Films when she was 19 and was thrown in at the deep end when she was sent to film children on the child protection register in County Durham. The resulting material became ‘the Decision’ – the RTS award winning series about children and social services produced by Oliver Morse. Daisy then went on to conceive ‘15’ with Nichola Korajitis, a groundbreaking and BAFTA nominated 3 part series about teenagers in South London.
Her film, Crazy About One Direction, was shown on Channel 4 in August 2013.
Permanently Yours will be shown at St Mary in the Castle on Friday October 25th. Clowns will be shown at the Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings at 3.30pm on Sunday October 27th. Mr Tommy Tickle, the star of Clowns, will be making a persoanl appearance at the screening.
JAMIE PALMER: We Who Wait: The Adverts and 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 last Summer, and forms the highlight of the Trash Cannes Festival Hastings 2013 Community Arts Night at St Mary in the Castle on Friday October 25th.
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
We Who Wait: The Adverts and TV Smith will be shown at St Mary in the Castle on Friday, October 25th. TV Smith is appearing live at the Brass Monkey, Hastings on Saturday October 26th.
TOBY AMIES: The Man Whose Mind Exploded
Filmed over four years, The Man Whose Mind Exploded attempts to understand and accept the worldview of someone with serious brain damage. Following a severe head injury, Drako suffers from anterograde amnesia, meaning that he is able to access memories from before his accident, but finds it difficult to imprint new ones. As he puts it, “the recording machine in my head doesn’t work”. Consequently, and as an antidote to the depression he experienced, he chose to live “completely in the now” according to the bizarre mottos delivered to him while in a coma: “Trust Absolute and Unconditional” and “Life has its own validity but one must make an effort.” These phrases are mantras to Drako, the words he lives by, the means by which he retains his happiness when he has no access to his recent past or a future. But what do they mean and how do they work? The ﬁlm explores the implications and repercussions of Drako’s deep faith in a benevolent universe, one in which he trusts, absolutely and unconditionally.
To compensate for his memory loss, Drako has created a confusing and beautiful three-dimensional autobiography in his apartment. Expanding into every room and space in his small apartment, it’s a unique montage of notes to himself, postcards from friends, pornography, and self-made collages that is immediately recognizable as a work of art. Every visit to his home meant being in an artwork that was effectively like being inside his mind - the source of the ﬁlm’s title. Drako may live in a tiny council apartment on a Brighton housing estate, but inside it are souvenirs and mementos from a past that includes friendships and collaborations with Salvador Dali, Derek Jarman, Keith Richards and Sophia Loren. This exotic history proves to be a dead end though: as he cannot remember these relationships in detail, the stories he has about these people are self-contained and without context. Drako has chosen to reject his inaccessible past for the present and it is with this that the ﬁlm engages. We meet his friends and family to witness how difficult it is to love someone who has no real choice but to be self-centered. We are forced to question what’s more important: a vulnerable person’s health or their freedom? How do you explain the ravages of time to someone who is trapped in a never-ending now?
The Man Whose Mind Exploded is showing at 7.30 on Sunday 27th October at The Electric Palace, Hastings.
Lee Cornes is an award-winning comedian, actor and screewnwriter. He is a veteran of many of the top comedy shows of the 80’s and 90’s including:
The Young Ones, The Lenny henry Show, The Comic Strip, Red Dwarf, French and Saunders,
Saturday Night Live, Blackadder, Rab C Nesbitt, The Detectives, Bottom. He has featured in children’s television, most regularly as Mr. Hankin the science teacher in twelve series of BBC’s Grange Hill.
Lee has also appeared in Dr. Who, and as Marty Feldman in The Trials of Oz.
Richard Heslop (born 1961 in London) is a British director of music videos and films. He has produced videos for artists including Queen, The Cure, and New Order, as well as programmes on Channel 4 and the BBC. He is also a cameraman, writer, editor and artist, often shooting and editing his own work.
Richard bought his first super 8mm camera aged 10. Before becoming a director, he operated a live multi-projection for 23 Skidoo on their travels through Europe in 1979 and took part in The Final Academy multi-projection performance with 23 Skidoo, William Burroughs and friends. In 1984, he was camera operator for Derek Jarman's experimental film Imagining October, filmed on super 8. Two years later he directed his first music video The Queen is Dead by The Smiths and modelled in a Paris fashion show for Yohji Yamamoto and travelled to India to make documentary about the "Kumba Mela."
He has just completed his fearture-length drama, Frank, and is the subject of a retrospective series of films at the ICA. Richard currently lives in Hastings.
A brief retrospective of Richard's work is showing at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings at 7.00pm on Friday, 25th October.
LIZZIE THYNNE: On the Border
T V S M I T H
DAISY ASQUITH: Permanently Yours and Clowns
Lizzie Thynne is a film-maker and lecturer at the University of Sussex. Her recent research has focussed on biography, life-history and documentary ethics. Her work on the surrealist artist, Claude Cahun has appeared as a film and several articles, including 'Indirect Action: politics and the subversion of identity in Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore's resistance to the Occupation of Jersey’ Papers of Surrealism, 8, Spring 2010.
Playing a Part: the story of Claude Cahun (2005) has screened at major film festivals and galleries including the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2011) and La Virreina Centre de L’Imatge, Barcelona, (2011-12).
Other recent video work includes a series of short films about women active in the Women’s Liberation Movement for Sisterhood and After: an oral history of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
On the Border
A daughter’s exploration of her Finnish family’s history prompted by the letters, objects, and photographs left in her mother's apartment. Fragmented memories, dreams, and diary entries are juxtaposed with the director’s journey to significant places and people in that history from during and after the Russo-Finnish wars, 1939 - 1944. Her mother, Lea, and her siblings were evacuated from the disputed border territory of Karelia and Lea's father was killed in 1941, fighting alongside the Germans against the Soviets. The story of her father’s death in action is contrasted with the more indirect impact of the war and its aftermath on the destinies of Lea, her mother and siblings. Lea began to see and hear things from age 42. Thynne searches for the causes of her mother’s breakdown as well as acknowledging that she can only understand her family’s past through her own experience and imagination. In this hypnotic work of mourning and remembrance, past and present, associations, memory and imagining intertwine, as the film charts the lingering traces of conflict and exile across generations.
Lizzie Thynne will conduct a discussion panel on the future of documentary at the Jerwood Studio at 2.00pm on Saturday October 26th.
On The Border is showing at The Electric Palace on Sunday October 27th at 3.30pm.
DANNY GARCIA: The Rise and Fall of the Clash
Danny Garcia was born and bred in Barcelona, where he started writing in the Spanish music press in the early nineties after interviewing The Cramps' Lux Interior and Poison Ivy. He has since contributed to a number of publications, including the US magazine High Times.
In the 2000's Danny Garcia developed a series of documentaries for BTV (Barcelona's own TV station) depicting the local Hip Hop scene in chapters: b-boys, graffiti artists, MC's, DJ's and producers. It was thanks to this experience that Danny took on producing and directing his own films.
The Rise And Fall Of The Clash marks his first major production, a film that deals with the obscure end of one of Danny's childhood favourite bands, and one that took him on a journey to the core of the band's camp in West London while searching for the inside story.
I was born in Birmingham in 1967 and brought up in Worcestershire. I'm addicted to asparagus, tomatoes, nicotine, hard cheese, atavistic soul, rock and roll, puerile humour, sex, love and beauty. I've taken a lot of photographs, made a lot of television, radio and far fewer films than I'd like.The best piece of advice I've received was to keep pushing my luck. I like to make art about people who see the world differently to me. I love being proved wrong, though it hurts. My mottoes: Stop learning, start dying. Lest thou hurt no one, do what thou wilt.
When you take someone's portrait you have a choice to take a picture of someone being photographed, or you make a record of your relationship with them, which is what I do. That's what my film is about.
Jamie Palmer is the director of We Who Wait: The Adverts and TV Smith.
Both Jamie and TV will be answering questions following the screening of the film at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings on Friday October 25th. Doors open at 5.30pm.
THE INTERNATIONAL TIMES
The Trash Cannes Festival is delighted to announce that this year's events will be covered by the International Times. IT was Europe's first 'underground' or alternative newspaper, launched in 1966, at the height of the counter cultural explosion of creativity in the arts. Editors of its earliest edition included Heathcote Williams (who is still actively involved with IT), Mick Farren of the Deviants (whose death at the age of 59 on 27th July 2013 marked the passing of one the great mavericks of the era), 60s historian Barry Miles, and journalist and political activist John 'Hoppy' Hopkins. Contemporary celebrity endorsement for IT came from the likes of Pink Floyd, Paul MCartney, Daevid Allen of Soft Machine and Gong, Arthur Brown and the Pretty Things.Truly subversive in a manner that is unthinkable today, IT responded to opprobrium from the establishment of its day by conducting a 'raid' on police headquarters in Scotland Yard, publishing details of sensitive data. Needless to say, the backlash against it was severe, and it closed for the first time in 1972, charged with running contact ads for gay men. It re-appeared at different times throughout the 1980s and 90s, and was re-launched online in 2011.
IT offers a countercultural hub for the most gentrified, domesticated and castrated of the artforms: poetry. IT is completely different from the vast majority of dull, po-faced and inartistic poetry magazines who like to think that political poetry was something that happened in the 1820s, or 1930s at the latest. IT redresses poetry censorship.
For instance, Heathcote Williams’ Royal Babylon is a powerful antidote to Diamond Jubilee jingoism and a major contribution to the debate as to whether England should be a Republic. Helen Moore’s astounding ‘ecopoems’ challenge capitalism’s destruction of natural resources.
IT is now multimedia. For instance, a recent translation of a Surrealist poem by Louis Aragon, ‘Dreams Deams Dreams’ has been set to music and made into a short film. The IT reader can read, listen to, and watch the translation. Artist Robert Montgomery, who glues his anti-capitalist poems onto advertising billboards,, is also featured via ‘jpegs’ of his graffiti.
IT will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2016.
IPHGENIA BAAL and MATTHEW WILKINSON
Matthew Wilkinson & Iphgenia Baal
Sound: Matt Allchin
HV is an anachronism of its own time; a static news broadcast freed from the usual psychological constraints of transmittance. It is an optimistic film, unconcerned by accusations of libel, copyright claims or lawsuits. First appearing as a text in Baal's collection of short stories, Gentle Art (Trolley Books, 2012), HV is classic polemic, exhibiting a tendency to denigrate the frivolities of Western lifestyle. Wilkinson's barrage of visceral code and acockalyptic symbolism at once reveal the programming’s simple odds; it is a wager with the angels in an attempt gain control of the earth.
London, Sept. 2013
Running time: 07 mins 07 seconds
Iphgenia Baal is a writer, the author of The Hardy Tree: A story about gang mentality and Gentle Art. Both titles are published by Trolley Books. She used to be a journalist writing for east London trash rags. Now she is now a contributing editor at International Times. "When people tell me to get a job, I think of the toilet, the kitchen, the sweatshop, the switchboard." Heavy Vibrations is the first film she has made.
Matthew Wilkinson is an artist and filmmaker, the director of The Promised Land - a swamp pop journey, Nightmares on crack street, Greedy Pigs, Saintly Behaviour & Liverpool Lou. Since quitting sucking up to people in Soho he has exhibited in London, Vienna and Austin. His practice encompasses all disciplines of the visual arts.
Cynthia Weber is an academic and documentary filmmaker. Her films critically engage with US identity,
US citizenship, and US human rights practices.
Cynthia will be showing short films from her series I Am An American: Video Portraits of US Citizens at The Electric Palace Cinema at 6.30pm on Sunday October 27th.
This is an animated video for The Lightyears Explode's song Good Night. The Lightyears Explode are a three piece garage/Indie/punk band from Mumbai , Maharashtra. Good Night is one of their only downtempo songs, off their album The Revenge of Kalicharan. The video is about that time of the night when you find yourself all alone with a racing mind. We sleep better when we've managed to forget everything, but wake up with everything spilling back into our heads whether we like it or not. The elephant in the video is named Gus (short for Asparagus) and if he wasn't a professional elephant he would probably be pursuing a career in recycling.
Concept and Animation: Nisha Vasudevan (Mumbai, India)
a few details about the band as well:
Album: The Revenge of Kalicharan
Band:The Lightyears Explode
Download The Lightyears Explode EP for free at
Emily Holt is a fashion designer and artist who takes her inspiration from the natural world. Having studied fashion and design at Leicester University she discovered, during her early twenties, a passion for retro fashion, particularly the 1960s. She has run her own vintage fashion boutique and organises and takes part in fashion events in and around Hastings, where she now lives. In 2008 she was diagnosed with and survived breast cancer. In 2013 she became a model for Marks and Spencer’s range of post-operation lingerie.
Cathy Simpson is an illustrator, cartoonist and caricature artist living in St Leonards; she's also one of the very few female cartoonists in the Professional Cartoonists' Organisation. But she's not telling you how old she is!
She's very widely published - past clients include the BBC, Methuen and Penguin - and has the distinction of having cartoons accepted by both the Church Times and New Humanist Magazine in the same week! She has also exhibited widely, including at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, but she'll be at Trash Cannes over the weekend to draw caricatures of you and yours. Come along to be insulted or flattered - the choice is yours!