Festival filmmaker shows her new short
An award-winning filmmaker is set to debut her new short film in Berwick.
Cecilia Stenbom will showcase her new work, Rules of Engagement (U), alongside a curated selection of other short films and a question and answer session at The Maltings on Tuesday, February 13.
A Swedish-born artist and filmmaker, Cecilia has been touring her newest piece of work.
Starting last month, the work will have been seen at five venues across the country.
Each venue will showcase a slightly different running order of films, based upon a separate loose theme.
The theme of The Maltings showcase is centred on the liquidity of reality and fiction.
The films in this screening also relate to Northumberland.
And the showing will be followed by a question and answer session in conversation with the artist, hosted by director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Peter Taylor.
Cecilia said: “It’s quite exciting to return to Berwick as I was involved in Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film and Media Festival.
“The project was a game changer; it paved the way for the projects I have done subsequently.
“For me to come back to Berwick with a body of work that I have done since last being there feels like coming full circle.”
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Rules of Engagement is a film about belonging as a human motivating force. Three seemingly unconnected stories explore how every day norms and social etiquette define who belongs and who doesn’t: Jack, the black sheep is attending a family gathering; Robin is trying to integrate into a new social group, and Nadia is failing to blend in with her conservative work colleagues.
Cecilia added: “The idea for Rules of Engagement came out of research into invisible social protocols and how they are played out in everyday situations.
“I am interested in the idea of ritualised communication wherein communication – the construction of a symbolic reality – represents, maintains, adapts, and shares the beliefs of a society, group or family constellation, particularly in terms of sharing, participation, association and fellowship.”
Directed and written by Cecilia, Rules of Engagement stars Steve Greenfield as Robin, Rhiannon Wilson as Nadia and Wayne Lancaster as Jack.
Cecilia Stenbom is an award-winning artist filmmaker from Sweden. She has previously been based in Iceland, Finland and Scotland, before moving to the North East of England.
Since graduating from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art, the filmmaker’s work has focused on media-saturated, consumer-driven, everyday environments and how they affect human response, notions of identity, behaviour and interaction.
For more details see www.ceciliastenbom.comThis tour has been supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.Cecilia Stenbom would like to thank the following organisations who have supported the production of individual works: NICAP (Newcastle University), Active Northumberland, Northern Film and Media, Berwick Visual Arts, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, and Creative England.Admission is free. See www.maltingsberwick.co.uk