About the filmmakers…
Robert Pacitti (Creator, researcher, co-author and Director) is the Artistic Director of Pacitti Company and On Landguard Point, and creator of the SPILL Festival of Performance – the UK’s premier biennale of experimental theatre and live art. Having initially trained as a fine art painter Robert began making live art performances and experimental theatre in 1988. With Pacitti Company he has spent two decades producing and touring an award winning body of radical performance works worldwide. Robert lives in Suffolk and London, splitting his time between both.
Pacitti Company (Executive Producer) is a UK based ensemble of international theatre makers, live artists, visual artists, sound and film makers, researchers and technicians. Pacitti Company is creating On Landguard Point as part of Artists taking the lead, a major project at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.
Nicola Gallani (Producer) has over 15 years’ experience in UK distribution and exhibition, working for Peccadillo Pictures, the British Film Institute and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, where she helped launch many now established greats to UK audiences, including Wong Kar-Wai, Jan Svankmajer, Takeshi Kitano and Abbas Kiarostami.
Nicola produced the British Council Film Collection Launch, the first British Film Festival of Kurdistan, an ‘industry first’ online preview of Oscar shortlisted Life Above All for Peccadillo and Blinkbox, a series of ‘cult’ film events with directors such as Mike Leigh and Dennis Hopper and the ‘world’s biggest surprise screening’ for the London Film Festival’s 50th anniversary. In 2010 she started producing shorts and a micro-budget thriller Unhappy Birthday, which was selected for the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and Frameline, San Francisco amongst others.
Becky Edmunds (Cinematographer) is a video artist and documentary filmmaker. Originally trained as a dancer and choreographer, she worked in live performance until 2000, when she moved into a screen-based practice. Her short films and installations have been shown at film festivals internationally, and she has been artist in residence at Videodanza BA (Argentina) and SHOOT Dance for Screen Festival (Sweden).
Lucy Cash (Cinematographer) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. She is also an Artsadmin Associate Artist and an Associate Artist with South East Dance for 2010-2012. Lucy began her career as a solo artist in 2000 with a three minute commission from the BFI / FilmFour to make Three Minute Wonder. Her work has shown on BBC2, BBC4, Channel4 and FilmFour as well as at international festivals.
Hoping Chen (Editor) began her film career as a scriptwriter working with Taiwanese director Edward Yang in the 1990s. She then worked extensively in documentary production, and in 2008 moved to the UK to do an MA in Film Editing at the National Film and Television School. Hoping has edited of a number of shorts, documentaries and television programmes. On Landguard Point is her first feature.
About the featured artists…
Michael Nyman (Composer and performer, original soundtrack On Landguard Point) was born in London in 1944 and has written music for stage, screen and concert hall and is additionally a pianist, conductor, bandleader, producer, writer, scholarly editor, visual artist, photographer and film-maker.
In 1976 he formed the Michael Nyman Band. His most notable film scores include Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract, Jane Campion’s The Piano, Michael Winterbottom’s Wonderland and Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca. His music was used in the 2009 BAFTA award-winning and Oscar-nominated film Man on Wire. He has worked with world musicians such as the Orquestra Andalusi de Tetouan, jazz players like Evan Parker and rock musicians such as David Cunningham, The Flying Lizards, Sting, Damon Albarn, David McAlmont and Alva Noto.
For his On Landguard Point commission Michael has written 5 new pieces, which he performs with the Michael Nyman Band and Soprano Marie Angel. These songs are built around a cycle of texts written by Robert Pacitti and Sheila Ghelani, and explore themes of work, the sea, and the region’s rich folk heritage.
The Michael Nyman Band was formed from the on-stage band that performed Michael Nyman’s score for Goldoni’s Il Campiello in the opening productions on the Olivier Theatre of the National Theatre in October 1976. The Campiello Band became the amplified Michael Nyman Band with the now ‘standard’ line-up of string quartet, saxophones, trumpet, horn, bass trombone, bass guitar and piano.
Repertoire includes music from the film scores of: The Draughtsman’s Contract, Drowning by Numbers, Prospero’s Books, Gattaca, Ravenous, Wonderland, The End of the Affair, 24 Hours In The Life Of A Woman, 9 Songs and The Libertine to name a few.
Mark Peter Wright (Incidental soundwork for On Landguard Point) was born in Kings Lynn, Mark is now a London based award winning sound artist. His work intersects nature, industry, architecture and ecology. With specific focus on abandoned and traumatic site-specific histories Wright seeks to amplify, illuminate and interrogate notions of listening and place. Wright has exhibited and broadcast work across a variety of international venues, festivals, labels and media including; Southbank Centre QEH (UK), Cabinet Magazine Gallery (USA), Flat Time House (UK), Future Sonic (UK), 3 Leaves (Hun), Royal Opera House (UK), N.O.T (Bel), Barbican Centre (UK), BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM. In 2009 Wright was awarded the British Composer of the Year Award (Sonic Arts) for his work A Quiet Reverie, which premiered at the IMT Gallery in 2008 and featured on BBC Radio 3. Wright is also the founder of Ear Room, an online publication exploring the use of sound in artistic practice.
Sheila Ghelani (Researcher, co-author of text for On Landguard Point and main cast) originally trained in contemporary dance, worked as a choreographer, dancer and teacher before making the crossover into live art/performance. She has shown work at venues and festivals across Europe including Belluard Bollwerk International in Switzerland, Fierce Festival in Birmingham, NRLA in Glasgow, What If? Festival and BAC in London. Sheila also works collaboratively; she is a core company member of Pacitti Company and is a Blast Theory associate artist. She has toured and performed nationally and internationally for both companies and regularly leads artists’ workshops fin the UK and abroad. She also teaches in Academic contexts
Dicky Eton (Researcher and main cast) trained as an actor at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. A core creative member of Pacitti Company, Dicky also works internationally as a freelance performer. He is a co-producer with Duckie, working on the Olivier Award winning C’est Barbican and Class Club and he is an associate artist with Blast Theory, with whom he has worked on numerous projects.
Carla Esperanza Tommasini (Guest artist making work to camera) makes work which intersects different artistic practices such as live performance, writing and image making, combining a variety of experiences and collaborations that span theatre, live art and visual culture. Her work originates from personal suggestions connected to the human and bodily dimension as well as to site specificity. She engages with the body and the politics of representation, using movement, text and visuals to investigate social and cultural issues.
Dominic Johnson (Guest artist making work to camera) is an artist and writer based in the UK. His performances have been presented at galleries, museums, festivals, clubs and other venues. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, and publishes frequently on performance and visual culture. With Lois Weaver he is co-Director of AiR Project, a curatorial project involving live performances, artist residencies, early-career artist platforms and other public events in East London over 18 months in 2010 and 2011, funded by Arts Council England.
Harminder Judge (Guest artist making work to camera) creates interdisciplinary artwork that explores the enduring appeal of spirituality and the space it inhabits, both physical and metaphorical, in a post-modern and largely secular society. An interest in the marketing techniques that drive religious theory into mainstream consciousness mixed with a love of contemporary pop culture makes for a diverse yet centered starting point for the creation of visual and performance based artworks and projects. Judge has created and shown work for a wide range of organisations and festivals, most recently SPILL Festival of Performance in London, New Art Exchange in Nottingham, and undertaken a Difference Exchange research residency in Kuala Lumpur focusing on faith practices. Harminder was the winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Performance and Live Art.
Helena Hunter (guest artist making work to camera) is a UK artist based in London; her diverse output of work includes live performance, performance for camera, film and photographic works. Her work explores the intersections between visual art, performance art, theatre and dance incorporating sonic art and lighting design. Hunter addresses complex cultural issues relating to the politics of the body, the construction of gender, and the formation of desire. Her work incorporates the body and movement, and utilises the body as text, site and sculptural tool. Her practice builds on the history of contemporary art and performance and is informed by research into visual culture, gender studies, psychology, science, philosophy, literature and anthropology.
Julia Bardsley (Guest artist making work to camera) is a theatre artist working with interplay of performance, video, photography, extreme garments, sculptural objects and the configuration of the audience. In 2005 she set in motion a series of solo pieces, collectively entitled The Divine Trilogy, that forge an intimate dialogue between the audience & the performer, the artist & the creative process, live presence & the visual art object. Trans-Acts, Almost The Same (feral rehearsals for violent acts of culture) & Aftermaths: a tear in the meat of vision, have been presented in London, Glasgow, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia and Belgium. She is a creative partner with Andrew Poppy of BARDSLEY_POPPY projects. They are the inaugural Artists-in-Residence at Chelsea Theatre from 2011 to 2013.
Kira O’Reilly (Guest artist making work to camera) is a UK based artist; her practice, both willfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body.
Giovanna Maria Casetta (Guest artist making work to camera) studied fine art at London Guildhall University gaining a BFA. Casetta’s work has been shown nationally and internationally. Her practice is concerned with the fragile relationship between the “internal self” and “external self.” It questions the viewer’s notions of how reality differs from appearance, playing with the perception that things are not what they seem. Through the genre of performance film, her work has evolved and developed, allowing the artist to continually explore new territories and concepts.
Rajni Shah (Guest artist making work to camera) leans gently but clearly across disciplines, countries and thought structures. She is a quiet voice of change, creating and curating visually engaging performances, interventions and writings that open up space for conversation and meeting. In 2009 Rajni toured Dinner with America, a large-scale installation performance exploring the idealisations and contradictions of the image of ‘America’, and give what you can, take what you need, a participatory work which uses gift-giving as the basis for an intervention into public spaces. In 2010 Rajni Shah created a large-scale new musical performance, Glorious - a haunting and unusual new musical that will be completely reinvented for every location, as members of the local community work with the company to create this event. Glorious received its world premiere at the 2011 SPILL Festival of Performance in London’s Barbican Centre.