Shot by the Sea - Film Festival 2009




4 - 30 September 2009


The Hay-on-Wye of the Moving Image'


Challenging the traditional concept of the film festival, Shot by the Sea explores film in its

widest applications with a particular focus in its 8th year, on moving image installations.

Described as ‘turning the town into a magical forest of moving images', The Electric Palace Cinema continues to explore innovative approaches to commissioning high quality

installations from leading figures in moving image. In 2009, they join forces with locally

based Project Art Works who become the first guest curators of the Projection Space. Their exhibition of moving image includes Ben Rivers and Andrew Kötting, and features artists who display a particular sensitivity to their work with people who have complex and high support needs. The festival comprises:


  • Film screenings and events at The Electric Palace Cinema
  • The launch of ‘Hidden Connections' exploring the creative use of archive film footage
  • Projection Space - an exhibition of moving image curated by Project Art Works




The Electric Palace Cinema is a 50 seat independent digital cinema based in Hastings Old

Town, listed by the Guardian in 2009 as one of the three best boutique cinemas in the UK.

Selected features and short films explore and celebrate landscape and its influence on peopleand stories as a crucial part of its fabric.


Highlights include:


Grant Gee introduces: The Western Lands: ‘Hoy' featuring acclaimed writer Jim Perrin's attempted climb of the Old Man of Hoy on his 60th birthday. A meditation on landscape and mortality, on climbing up and climbing out.


Andrew Kötting Introduces: Landscape as more than Sensory an evening of short films and discussion, introducing a programme of films from animation to live action, performance to manipulated image, all inspired by the Great Out Of Doors gleaned from England and across the UK.


Marine Court Rendezvous: Iain Sinclair introduces his film installation which tells the story of the Marine Court Building, a pre-war construction on the Hastings seafront based on a vision of the ocean-going ship, the Queen Mary and a gaunt remnant from when the age when concrete was king. The installation poses the question when does a building decide that its only future is as a set?





Located minutes from the Marine Court Building, ‘Love Your Lido' comprises an open air

installation at sunset of a newly commissioned film by director Mat McDonnell that reworks

newly discovered archive film from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's at the once flourishing, now gone St Leonards open-air bathing pool.



Project Art Works develop visual arts projects with and for individuals with complex and high support needs. Its projects are unique in their commitment to achieving the highest artistic, conceptual and artistic standards with individuals experiencing severe neurological

impairments, and to placing this work within mainstream contemporary art practice. ‘Air to

Earth' is a series of installations that explore our relationship with the primary elements of

nature and their resonance in memory and experience. Set in three town centre venues, the exhibition includes:


Ben Rivers Ah Liberty! Ben Rivers films are rich, cinematic portraits that explore wilderness environments and self-contained worlds, representing memory through visual fragments. Winner of the Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008, for Ah Liberty!, the artist joins in with the life of a family grown wild out of doors. There's no particular story; just fragments of lives lived, rituals performed.


Red Balloon: created by Thursday Artists, an on-going collaboration between visual artists and people with neurological impairments at Project Art Works studio, Red Balloon is an intricately constructed film installation, taking inspiration from the classic 1953 short, Le Balon Rouge. Through the intimate capturing of voices and sounds, the collaborative process of events and film-making becomes transformative, unlocking self-contained worlds and highlighting contrasting notions of constriction and freedom, isolation and belonging.


For further information please contact:

The Electric Palace Cinema - Rebecca Marshall

01424 720393

Project Art Works - Kate Adams, Director

01424 423555




Tickets are available in advance online from this website, or on the door.
Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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