Film Archive

  1. Astoria-itsnicethat-main

    Now here’s something we definitely haven’t seen before: the results of a filmmaker-in-residence at some of London’s care homes for the elderly. London-based artist and producer Phoebe Davies was invited by Clod Ensemble to be part of their programme Extravagant Acts for Mature People, spending three months in two care homes observing what went on.

  2. List-its-nice-thatvs_davef6

    Dave Franco, of brother-of-James-and-being-on-telly fame, is totally losing it – if a new film for Vs magazine is to be believed. Entitled A Rough Day and directed by Guy Aroch, the rather tongue-in-cheek production sees poor old Dave throw a dramatic stroppy in his car, perhaps understandable as he’s just learnt his girlfriend has “met someone else.” He takes a baseball bat to his car, then a huge mallet (why does he have these things? what else was he going to do with them?), then a can of petrol. Before he sets fire to the whole sorry mess though, the phone rings. It’s a woman! Wanna know what happens next? Best watch it for yourself.

  3. Drive-ss-w1920-mubi-its-nice-thatlist

    Hans Ulrich Obrist, “Serpentine Superstar”, as The Guardian dubbed him, knows a thing or two about curation. He describes his inspiration – Ballets Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev – as “a junction maker,” adding: “When I became a curator, I wanted to be helpful to artists. I think of my work as that of a catalyst – and sparring partner.”

  4. Barbican-daniela-sherer-pipe-dreams-itsnicethat-list

    As London’s Crossrail development project has rolled loudly, slowly on, it’s probably fair to say the project has been accessorised with a few eye (and ear) sores – cranes, rubble, road closures, dust…you get the idea. But in the bid to make tunnels from Liverpool Street to Farringdon, something beautiful has emerged in the shape of this Barbican commissioned film Pipe Dreams, animated by Daniela Sherer. The film marks the passing of Crossrail’s tunnel boring machines (apparently named Elizabeth and Victoria) beneath the Barbican Estate. Crossrail will see a new 73-mile railway line across London by 2018 (they hope), with a large stretch comprising a tunnel through central London.

  5. Erikshirai-birthofsake-itsnicethat-list

    Aged 19 I got horribly drunk on saké (an evening that ended in me declaring my undying love for an ex girlfriend on a busy train – “I don’t care who’s listening!” etc) and so my relationship with the Japanese rice wine has been estranged ever since. However I may have to reconsider this stance having seen the trailer for Erik Shirai’s film The Birth of Saké.

  6. Itsnicethat

    There’s a reason why a long pan-out is such a recurrent feature at the end of feature films: it reminds us that the characters we’ve been engrossed in for the past couple of hours are just some more tiny ants in the nest of a bigger picture. The same goes for zooming in at the start of movies, and for the concept of this short by Luke Carlisle that takes us fleetingly into the serene, somewhat surreal life of a London drug dealer. We swoop around his day-to-day activities on steadicams, watching him (David Ajala) like a hovering dragonfly as people get in and out of his car, and his phone vibrates on the table prompting a Pavlov’s Dog effect.

  7. Int-aroused-500x325

    If life were like a happy shiny rom com, we’d all have perfectly coiffed hair most of the time, and be fending off the likes of Richard Gere or Hugh Grant at some point. But it’s not – our hair is messy, our suitors are far more odd and generally less slimy, and there’s tears, fears and anger thrown into the mix. And life’s all the better for it. Cinema, too, isn’t only about things that make you smile, but things that make you feel something distinct, and it’s this capacity for film to evoke something powerful and visceral that online curated film service MUBI explores brilliantly in its new campaign.

  8. Blur-int-main

    Blur used to be up for starring in their videos, back when they were all so good-looking that girls used to actually camp outside Damon Albarn’s house. I don’t know about the yoof of today and what they’re into, but I think I speak for all of the women in the It’s Nice That studio when I say that I still fancy each and every band member a LOT. With that in mind I was slightly disappointed when I saw they weren’t featured in this new video by Ben Reed. Still, you can’t complain when you’re met with a cool old Chinese guy with sweet moves having a good old shuffle in an old village hall with a bunch of women and a dove. Nice work. And welcome back Blur, let me know where’s best to pitch my tent.

  9. Dhmis-int-1

    PESKY BEE! Today is the day fans all over the world wring their little tiny/big hairy hands together for: the day when a new episode of Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is released! Did you know that the first episode of Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared has over 24 million views on YouTube? With that many fans to please, Becky and Joe have been working overtime on this one, collaborating with a bunch of new people as you’ll see in the increasingly lengthy credits at the abrupt end.

  10. Camille-summers-valli-int-list

    “Their agenda is that they want an activist film that goes into the history of their struggle and presents a contemporary portrait of what’s happening in Black Mesa right now. But it’s not an activist film. I think ultimately it has undertones of activism because of the subject matter, but an activist film follows a certain structure and I’m definitely moving more towards something else.”

  11. Tim-brown-int-list

    As a one-time news journalist (albeit at a very low level) I have a real affinity for reportage illustrators. George Butler is one of the best around and this new film by Tim Brown which follows him on a three-week trip to Afghanistan provides a great insight into his finely-honed talents. On his first trip to the war-torn country George was embedded with British troops, but he hungered to draw the locals whose lives had been so irrevocably changed over recent years. “I was always aware that over the walls there were millions of people getting on with their lives,” he says.

  12. Liamsaintpierre-dominicwilcox-int-list

    We have often spoken about the difficulties of films profiling creative figures and the disappointment when they fall back on familiar and formulaic tropes. This film from Liam Saint Pierre though shows how it should be done. It helps of course that his subject – the artist and designer Dominic Wilcox – is so interesting and directs his razor-sharp creative mind into all manner of silly inventions. “Let’s do the ridiculous and by doing the ridiculous something else might come of it,” says Dominic at one point in a line that could be his mantra.

  13. Annaginsburg-int-list

    I can imagine that pitching for music videos can be a really interesting process: “Well, we’re going to dress her up in an outfit made of dog treats and hot dog sausages, and have her run around in an underground carpark with two massive Alsatians.”

  14. Marianna-simnett_-'blood'-2015.-produced-as-part-of-the-jerwood-fvu-awards-2015_-what-will-they-see-of-me-(7)-int

    People crawling into a huge pair of nostrils, middle-aged virgins and the power-play of a hotel room feature in some very strange but utterly captivating video works from Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett, who scooped the 2015 Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Award.

  15. Photoshop-shot-3-int_copy

    Adobe Photoshop has turned 25 – happy belated birthday Photoshop! To celebrate this momentous occasion, CreativeLive, who run live software training workshops online, asked eight Photoshop experts to try out the 1.0 version. Time has flown by, and Photoshop 1.0 looks ridiculous. It’s kind of like MS Paint and is akin watching a child or a grandparent trying to even switch on a computer, but backwards. Who knew that watching people try to add drop shadows to bacon and freaking out not being able to “undo” could be so entertaining.

  16. Rr-oakland-home-int

    Produced by Levi’s Skateboarding, director Ryan Reichenfeld’s Skateboarding in Oakland follows a group of friends who skate around Oakland and its renewed Town Park Skate Park. The film focusses on the voices of Lemuel West and Terrell Newell, who have lost both friends and family often down to the gang culture that thrives in Oakland and its suburbs. They and their friends, having grown up under similar circumstances, see their skate community as a relief from this and an opportunity to extract themselves from potentially destructive lifestyles. Ryan describes Skateboarding in Oakland as “not a story about surviving tough circumstances in a harsh environment, [but] a story about perspective and thriving in the face of it all.”

  17. Bob-benedict-cock-robin-int-lis

    I don’t know what I was expecting when I sat down to watch Cock Robin, the first film by newly-formed direction duo BobBenedict to see the light, but it certainly wasn’t the intense wave of emotion, humour, and the slick, charismatic production that hit me when I pressed play. The pair, formed of photographer Benedict Morgan (who was responsible for this astounding project) and production designer Sean Hogan (or Bob), re-worked the classic nursery rhyme Who Killed Cock Robin? with a perfectly briefed cast of actors. What’s more, the lot was filmed at the Mansfield Indoor Bowling Club, a distinctly familiar and achingly kitsch location which has since sadly made way for a luxury housing development. The setting absolutely makes the film, elevating the idea to the realm of a finely-polished and well-loved 1970s British TV show rather than a short film.

  18. Skrillex-doompy-poomp-int-list

    Fleur & Manu’s latest video for everyone’s favourite ex-goth Skrillex is a bit of a repetitive tale. It takes the form of a mulleted dropout failing to get a loan from his bank, and then having to relive the painful experience again and again, Groundhog Day-style until he loses his shit completely and the whole thing descends into a cross-dressing, semi-naked musical. There are some great hairy backs thrown into the mix too. With a synopsis like that how could you resist?

  19. Daniel-swan-django-django-list

    Four years after first discovering Daniel Swan’s website he’s still not bothered to put any work on it. There’s just a 3D-rendered glittery keyring that bears his name and serves as his calling card. He’s a confident man! Still, when you’re producing work as good as Daniel, you can afford to be confident. Last time we had him up on the site he had collaborated with David Rudnick on an incredible desert apocalypse for RL Grime, and this latest offering for Django Django is no less impressive.

  20. Fyi-still-11-int_copy

    In response to a “critical graphic design” brief from their tutor at Central Saint Martins, graphic design students Ellen Mercer and Lucy Streule spliced together a tonne of clips and heartfelt scenes where movie characters let each other know, “FYI I’m a graphic designer.”

  21. Crane-oscars-int-list

    There’s always a frenzy of opinions around the Oscars, as Michael Hogan Tweeted this morning: “It’s all happening over on the #oscars hashtag, if you’re interested in people who can’t type properly quacking on about film awards.” But amid all the polarised bickering and the dress-sense-rating bitchiness, it’s nice to remember the sheer amount of skill and craft that went into all the nominated films. Crane.tv has produced an interesting series which focuses on the lesser-appreciated talents who make the movie industry what it is, the most impressive of which focuses on the Whiplash sound mixer Thomas Curley. He got the nod from the Academy this year and it’s super interesting to hear him talk about the challenges of working on a film which is all about drumming, and so sound is critically important to the overall artistic effect.

  22. Farmleague-geoffmcfetridge-int-list

    We’re always interested in what Los Angeles-based artist and illustrator Geoff McFetridge has been up to. A video of him talking about making a bike sounded especially promising, but a video of him talking about making a “totally absurd” ocean-going bike? Swoon.

  23. List

    Good lord, I haven’t OMGd this hard since…possibly since anything this big and Blur-related happened last time, maybe with the release of Under the Westway, maybe when I sweatily, heart-in-mouthedly (be cool Gosling!) met Damon Albarn in a Foyles book shop. As anyone who’s been on any form of social media in the last hour will know, during a lovely long live Facebook chat with Zane Lowe this morning it was announced that Blur have recorded a new album, called The Magic Whip (their first full-length release in 12 years) revealing the very cool artwork in The Sun of all places this morning.

  24. Danny-yourd-elgin-park-int1

    From LSD, Michael Paul Smith learned that he “didn’t have to go to foreign lands to meet foreign people.” This realisation informed what he went on to dedicate his life to – creating tiny, perfect model depictions of the 20th Century, mapped out in his miniature town Elgin Park.

  25. Mazda-rebels-int-list

    Portland-based archaeologist Cameron Smith has a dream; a dream that has little to do with his chosen career path. Unable to join NASA because of his poor eyesight, Cameron’s dedicated the past few years of his life to engineering an affordable space suit that’ll enable the wearer to venture outside Earth’s atmosphere for the tiny sum of $5,000. He and his crack team of amateurs and enthusiasts are working tirelessly to get their project off the ground and into the cosmos. Why, you ask? Because they’re rebels – simple as!

  26. Creatorsclass-matthewfrost-int-list

    “My name is Matthew Frost and I make hilarious short films about famous people mostly.” So begins this excellent video profile of the brilliant British filmmaker but we’d go even further – his name’s Matthew Frost and he makes hilarious short films about famous people better than anyone else out there (from Kirsten Dunst and Lizzie Caplan to Jessica Chastain and Cate Blanchett).

  27. Inezandvinoodh-fourfiveseconds-int

    Maybe it’s because I spent all day Saturday watching Beatles documentaries, or maybe it’s because I’m feeling emotional and loving after a big lunch, but this is great. If you had told anyone five years ago that Rihanna, Kanye and Paul would team up with fashion photography powerhouse Inez and Vinoodh to create a music video, no one would have believed you. But, it’s happened. Sure Brandon Stosuy from Pitchfork just referred to it on Twitter as a GAP commercial, but I think maybe it’s stronger than that. When the collaboration was first announced I expected them to accompany it with a mindbendingly expensive blockbuster video à la Justin Timberlake’s What Goes Around…Comes Around complete with a car chase. But no, it’s stripped back, fashionable, kinda soppy and watchable. Well done Inez and Vinoodh, you’ve made this almost farcical musical trio somewhat more believable.

  28. Bremen-list

    Promoting a city or area is a tricky thing to get right. Too earnest, and you look boring; too edgy and you risk alienating families, and those of a sensitive disposition. How about going for just downright peculiar then? And a surreal cast of wooden figures?

  29. Guardian_deadlineday-int-list

    Today is one of those weird dates in the calendar that means a lot to some people, and almost nothing to everybody else. Transfer Deadline Day is the final 24 hours that football clubs are allowed to buy players before the summer, and over recent years a weird mania has built up every time it rolls around (culminating last year in the bizarre spectacle of a Sky Sports News reporter having a purple sex toy waggled in his ear).

  30. Petracollins-drivetime-list-int

    If you’re prone to being envious of impossibly beautiful creative people living dreamy lives in perpetually sunny places, I would advise you to look away now. We already knew Petra Collins was a dab hand at documenting the pleasures and perils of teenage life through her photography, but as this new film commissioned by COS and picked up on by Dazed Digital aptly demonstrates, she’s not bad at filmmaking either. Drive Time sees Petra douse life in Los Angeles with the same compelling potion that her photographs do, as she films her friends Cherry Glazerr front woman Clementine Creevy, photographer Autumn de Wilde and her daughter Arrow, artists Erin and Sam Falls and producer Asma Maroof wandering dreamily around the city, musing sweetly on the art scene there. It’s hazy and sun-soaked and plays into the hands of all the best cliches Hollywood entertains. Which, from time to time, is precisely what you need.

  31. Oneminutewondr-peterblake-int-list

    “I think an artist is never happy with their work. Occasionally you make a mark that you like but that’s a good thing because you’re still aiming higher than you can physically attain.” This lovely line comes from the latest One Minute Wonder video profile, featuring the inimitable Sir Peter Blake. The short-but-sweet snapshots from Dutch agency Present Plus are among the best creative films out there, managing to pack enough insight into 60 seconds to give you a great introduction to the subject but also leave you hungry for more. I hadn’t actually been to the site for a while but I was delighted to find a raft of great new profiles, including Sam Bompas, Lucy McRae, Matilda Tristram and Craig Ward.

  32. Johnnolan-hereeast-list

    John Nolan may have the coolest job title on earth, described as he is as “a designer and creator of robots.” An animatronics expert who’s worked on a whole heap of blockbusters (from Harry Potter and Hellboy to Where The Wild Things Are and Clash Of The Titans), John was the go-to guy when Poke and directorial team The Theory wanted to do something pretty special to promote Here East, a new maker space on the site of the Olympic Park in east London.

  33. Flylo-coronus-the-terminator-int-list

    Coronus, The Terminator is the latest single from Flying Lotus, taken from the album You’re Dead! As the album title suggests, it’s a moody, atmospheric tune, backed up by an equally heavyweight video. The five minute epic comes courtesy of Young Replicant and Pulse films and follows a dying man through his last minutes on Earth, hovering between conscious and unconscious worlds, battling the demons of his past before he moves into the next world.

  34. Main

    There are a lot of people talking about this documentary. It’s something of a whirlwind 12 minutes in which Guardian writer Kieran Yates and director Marcus Plowright immerse themselves in one of London, or perhaps the world’s most intriguing, exciting countercultures: Muslim drag queens. Through east London bedrooms and the back seats of taxis we are led into the world of men whose lives revolve around transforming into women and performing in increasingly packed-out drag clubs across the country. Kieran, who originally pitched this idea to The Guardian, kindly allowed us to ask her some questions on what is a small but phenomenally informative and powerful short.

  35. List

    For all the fashion world’s beauty and prestige – both in the clothes and those who wear them – it really can be a little daft sometimes. In fashion films in particular the seriousness, the peculiar facial expressions and the melodrama are rife for a gentle, affectionate ribbing: a route that director Danny Sangra took in his refreshing and brilliant Fashion Creatives film for Mercedes-Benz, A Fistful of Wolves.

  36. Listan-allegory-with-venus-and-cupid-bronzini

    “Each film is a roll of the dice. You don’t know what you’re going to get,” says Fred Wiseman, director of the brilliant new film National Gallery rather philosophically, chatting to The Telegraph’s Mark Hudson at the film’s screening in its titular home last week.

  37. Simon_portehome

    Simon Porte Jacquemus is a Paris-based, self-taught designer who started his label at 19. He cites “off” taste and juvenile humour as inspiration for his clothes, and each collection has a narrative through not only the fabrics and colour-ways but a sense of identity, place and character. Simon works with filmmaker and photographer Bertrand le Pluard on the films and lookbooks.

  38. Jesse_kanda_home

    Self-taught artist Jesse Kanda makes dystopian, macabre films made up of distorted images of alien car crashes, dancing dead babies and everything in between. You’ll no doubt have seen his work on the brilliant and now ubiquitous cover for FKA Twigs’ LP1.

  39. Lsit

    Whether in the art world or in the tabloids, the Turner Prize has no small amount of artistic baggage to schlep about from year to year. As such, creating designs around the awards ceremony itself is something not to be treated either too flippantly or with too much deference to its heritage, a bridge crossed very deftly indeed in the promotional video by Why Not Associates for this year’s Channel Four Turner Prize broadcast.

  40. List

    Scott Carthy only graduated from Kingston University’s Graphic Design course last summer, but the 22-year-old Irish creative looks like he has a very big 2015 in front of him if the first week is anything to go by. Uploaded just seven days ago, Scott’s new film Litefeet has racked up thousands of views and been featured on many of the leading creative blogs around. The film – which follows New York subway dancers against the backdrop of a city-wide crackdown on their activities – is the follow-up to 1050.6© Scott’s first look at the same issue which we featured back in May.