Dreams of Your Life: A Darkly Playful Experience
Film4 is a developer and co-financier behind films such as KILL LIST, THE IRON LADY and ATTACK THE BLOCK and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK. This session will take Film4’s first multiplatform commission, a unique and innovative digital experience inspired by Carol Morley’s feature DREAMS OF A LIFE.
DREAMS OF A LIFE pieces together the true story of 38 year old Joyce Vincent, whose skeleton was found in her bedsit 3years after she had died. The accompanying digital commission, www.dreamsofyourlife.com, has been developed by award-winning interactive agency Hide&Seek, as a thought-provoking and immersive experience which engages users in the themes explored by the film.
Award-winning writer A.L. Kennedy crafted the absorbing and sometimes unnerving narrative, which prompts responses to questions on society, friendship, love and loneliness. This is played against the backdrop of beautifully haunting time-lapse imagery, by photographer Lottie Davies.
Anna Higgs is head of Film4's newly created pioneering innovation arm, Film4.0.
Film4 develops and co-finances smart and distinctive features and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established including Kevin MacDonald, Richard Ayoade, Andrea Arnold, Joe Cornish, Danny Boyle, Ben Wheatley, Miranda July and Walter Salles.
2012's releases so far include Phyllida Lloyd's THE IRON LADY, starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, and Steve McQueen's SHAME.
Anna takes to Film4 a BAFTA award-winning track record in digtal media production and consulting, followed by 8 years as an independent producer with Quark Films whose films are as diverse as SXSW 2010 premiere THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS and work with the Mighty Boosh and the Arctic Monkeys.
Award-winning photographer and artist Lottie Davies is known for her wide-ranging travel and editorial photography, and her highly-produced set-piece fine art work. Born in Guildford in 1971, she studied philosophy at St Andrews in Scotland before making London her base in 1996. Both her journalistic and personal work are informed by her background in philosophy and theatre, and are concerned with the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories, beliefs. She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of narrative and movement. Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, has described Davies’ work as “brilliantly imaginative”.
Hilary Perkins is the Commissioner of digital projects, seeker of stories told across multiple platforms, for Channel 4 Television and Film4.
Margaret Robertson is development director for Hide&Seek, a game design studio which uses public spaces and digital platforms to make interesting games for interesting people. Her previous role as an independent consultant enabled her to work on a huge range of projects, from AAA console titles, through download and mobile/ handheld games, to indie and art-house projects. She's worked with brands, broadcasters, and film studios to develop their game strategies, and was part of the team that built the BAFTA-award winning game slate which recently earned Channel 4 the Develop Publishing Hero award. Previously editor of Edge magazine, and part of the team behind the GameCity festival, she is currently a columnist for Gamasutra, and speaks worldwide on game design theory.