Dan Simpson (Guest Poet): Canterbury Slam Runner Up, 30th October 2010, three times Bang Said the Gun ‘Golden Gun’ winner and Canterbury Festival ‘Poet of the Year’ competition 2009 Speaking prize. His poetry has featured in Fuselit, a collection for Children in Need and his barnstormer, ‘My Dad’s on Facebook’ appeared in Canterbury Festival ‘Poet of the Year’ Anthology 2009.
Lauren Muchan and Joe Sharp (Guest Filmmakers, Letters to Angola) A story of an unlikely friendship between a young British girl and a southern American Black Panther, who has been incarcerated in solitary confinement in Angola Prison Louisiana, for 39 years.Letters to Angola won an RTS award, and was nominated for a Grierson Trust British Documentary Award. Lauren Muchan and Joe Sharp both studied at the International Film School, Wales. After graduating Lauren worked on the feature documentary The Age of Stupid. For the last year she has been working for The Mob Film Company on the feature documentary In the Land of the Free. Both Joe and Lauren have also worked as freelance Directors for a new series for Channel 4 called Make Do and Mend that will TX in April.
Orlando von Einsiedel (Featured Filmmaker, Skateistan) Orlando von Einsiedel has produced and directed several acclaimed and award-winning documentaries, promos and short features for a diverse range of TV networks and brands. He’s even written for lots of publications, although if you were to meet him you might think he likes to communicate using only expressive dance routines and the universal language of hugging. He’s the co-founder of Grain Media, and by far the hardest working.
Deanna Rodger (Featured Performer) Finalist in the Radio 4 Poetry Slam, Deanna delivers her art with passion and conviction. She’s also host and organiser of many many poetry shows in London, including Chill Pill at Soho. From Southwest London, Deanna has performed all over London, including Dorchester Hotel, Queen Elizabeth Hall, RADA Theatre, BAC and Lyric Theatre, Soho Theatre and the Roundhouse. She has been writing for just under three years and has achieved the title of Farrago UK Poetry Slam Champion, toured Germany and competed in Paris coming 5th in the world championships (despite being drunk). She even has featured on the nokia N96.
Catherine Brogan (Performance Poet) BBC Radio 4, London on the UK Poetry Slam; our iridescent host, warming up the mic for our artists’ line up. Winner of the Belfast Poetry Cup.
Ernesto Sarezale (Guest Performer) the Erotic Poet of the year 2010, will be previewing his latest work The Pornagraphic You, a blend of spoken word and multimedia, which he assures us is not pornographic.
Oliver Dickens (Guest Film) Untitled Flickerings. Charting strange and far away landscapes closer to home than you may think, Oliver Dickens explores the lands which only a film camera can.
Super Pennie (Featured Performer) SpeechMotion’s very own super hero, returns to our stage after spending last season as our poet in residence.
William McGregor (Featured Film, Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?) Described as the best student film by the Royal Television Society, this dark and graceful short is the winner of eight international film awards.
The Captain of the Rant (Guest Performer) a well established member of the London poetry scene, The Captain combines a barbed wire wit with a ferocious delivery that has made him one of the most distinctive, and loudest voices out there today.
Cyrus Mirza’shafa (Short Film, Herons) Interested in a patient kind of storytelling, Cyrus makes films designed to last longer than their time on the screen. He is currently working on his first feature film http://vimeo.com/user3665846
The Purp (Featured Artist): known for his production works in North London, he has worked with Warrior Queen and Shaxman, The Purp made his performance debut at last year’s SpeechMotion and is back here performing his latest work.
Tom Geens (Short Film, You’re The Stranger Here) Award-winning filmmaker Tom Geens screens his recent short You’re The Stranger Here. Going beyond the net curtains, Mr. Geens delves into the darker recesses of the middle classes. He has his own production company ‘The Chicken Factory and working on a feature film Boredom.
Jennifer Warren (Guest Poet): Described by Time Out as being “extremely funny and slightly odd…and will have you laughing in seconds.”
Marianna and Daniel (Guest Filmmakers, Longbridge)
Neal Zetter (Feature Performer) is comedy poet who has been performing since 1989 at over 100s gigs in the West End comedy and poetry scene (clubs, arts centres, theatres, Soho Theatre, pubs, schools, youth centres, libraries, Royal Festival Hall Euro 96 Poetry Fest) as well as private parties, youth offending teams, NHS (mental health, drug and alcohol rehab groups) and a funeral. Neal also runs a poetry writing and performance workshops. Featured filmmaker is the Italian film director, Andrea Lodovichetti, winner of the Best Short Film Golden Globe and the Looking for Genius Award (Babelgum Online Film Festival). SpeechMotion is honoured to screen, The Devil, a short about an old peasant woman is at death’s door. Her son refuses to give her assistance and decides to put her in the care of Donna Cesira, for a fixed payment. Donna Cesira believes she’s struck a fine deal, but the days pass and the old woman won’t die.
Calvin Archbold and John Russell (Guest Film, Firebird) Written by Calvin Archbold and John Russell, Firebird is the story of Floyd Tyler, who has recently lost the love of his life and is now haunted by her ghost. Floyd believes the only way to move on is to undergo an experimental treatment which eradicates memories, however the outcome of the procedure reveals surprising consequences.
Andrea Lodovichetti (Featured Filmmaker, Sotto) is the winner of the Best Short Film Golden Globe and the winner of the Looking for Genius Award (Babelgum Online Film Festival). SpeechMotion is honoured to screen Sotto.
il mio giardino aka Under My Garden which has already won several prizes all around the world. The story is about Marco, a 10-year old boy who has a passion for insects, which lead him to discover a murder in his own back garden. He decides to carry out some investigations before involving the police.
Christopher Bateson, Janette McGinty, and Zoe Gilbert (Poets).
Timea Halasz (Performer, Xperi Mental Psychedelic Juggling Visual Theatre) The show is a “mixture between dance, Tai chi chuan, and juggling with Poi and small sticks.”
George Hollywood-Smith (Filmmaker) “I’m a graduate student from Southampton Solent University. Since 2006, I have been running my own production company–RAGO Productions–making different documentaries, films, and music videos.” Two of Hollywood-Smith films will be shown at SpeechMotion: Retribution – RET.RI. BU. TION and Immigration. Retribution – RET. RI. BU. TION (written/directed/produced by George Hollywood-Smith, John Saunders, William McCready, and Lewis Henderson/2 minutes, 22 seconds). “This short film was created as a university project and part of RAGO Productions. It was filmed in Southampton. We wanted the audience to get a real feel of the pain and sorrow you would go through if a loved one had been hurt.” Immigration (written/directed/produced by George Hollywood-Smith and Sway/41 seconds). “This is a skit taken from Sway’s album this is my demo. It has had over 95,000 views on YouTube and has become a bit of an Internet cult classic.”
Sullivan Coredo (Featured Filmmaker, The Wizard/Le Magician) In the words of the filmmaker, “The Wizzard is a nightmare who tell about the nightmare, full of meanings but unreadable.” Sullivan Coredo “was growing up in some almost undiscovered mountains in the south of France. He always wanted to make films but wasn’t able to find any idea at all. As he was a brutal and heartless man, he decided to enslave three of his oldest friend (a bear, a troll and the ghost of his grandmother) in a cave and forced them to write script for him. From that time he directed seven shorts films and hopefully, it’s going to go on.”
The Ruby Kid (Featured Poet) who is a lyrical wordsmith with an impressive performance history for someone so young. The Ruby Kid has performed in front of over 500 people at Sheffield’s The Plug (in support of grime megastars Wiley and Skepta) to intimate spoken-word sets at The Library House squat in Brixton. He has shared bills with Al Baker, Babar Luck, Master Shortie, Kid Acne, and Rodney P–to name a few–and will be performing tracks from his latest EP, Winter in The City.
Camila Fiori (Featured Poet) “An actress with a mixed arts background, I’m developing creative projects using my writing. After winning a LifeFm/Young Creatives writing competition and radio reading last year, I gradually started performing my poetry and playing with different ways of sharing it–through interactive performances and installations based on the poems. From the London Poetry Festival to the Whitechapel Gallery, Southwark Playhouse to underground bars…it’s an exploration…” Some online links: Camila’s MySpace page (click on “photos” to see images of some recent projects), Red Velvet Curtain Club (click on “people” and “artists E-H”), Camila’s Spotlight page, Camila’s Casting Call Pro page.
Emily Stein and Charlotte Rodrigues (Featured Filmmakers, The Original Woodstockers) A short documentary about the original Woodstock veterans who refuse to give up their hippie lifestyle. Check out The Original Woodstockers via this link.
C.B.Legge (Filmmaker, The Robbery) “This work explores how stories we create around other people’s lives become reflections of ourselves; the more we strain to understand others the more something of ourselves is revealed.”