SCHOOL OF CHANGE is a project that collides genres and ideas; a sci-fi musical + experimental narrative film, based in another reality where a number of rapid changes; geographical, organic, mathematical – even mutations in the workings of reason itself- are threatening the viability of human society.
This work is a musical collaboration with composer and performer Leo Chadburn (aka) Simon Bookish
I worked with a tiny crew, consisting of Film maker/ Cinematographer Paul Tarragó, production /set design Frances Scott, costume designer Hilary Baxter and two assistants who are current undergraduate BA Fine Art: Print and Time Based Media students of mine at Wimbledon College, University of the Arts London. Brian Llinares and Tanya Malachoveska. The Cast numbered 15 people; 6 actors/ performers and 8 current pupils at the School.
Some notes on the cast
Catherine Thomas- ’10th’
Catherine trained as an artist at Wimbledon School of Art, completing a sculpture degree in 2006. Her particular interest in performance art has since led her towards an exploration of physical theatre, including mime, masks and puppetry, and over the past year-and-a-half she has undertaken part-time courses in this field, whilst beginning to work as a freelance puppet-maker and puppeteer. Catherine also works for the education department at The Little Angel Theatre, assisting children, young people and adults to make and animate puppets. She welcomes opportunities to build on her experience as a performer, especially through creative projects that involve collaboration with other artists.
Leo Chadburn (aka’ Simon Bookish’) http://www.simonbookish.com/
Musical development and direction / recording of performers / Music for Songs / musical score for film / Mr. New Structures
Leo is best known as Simon Bookish, under which guise he has released three albums of investigatory pop and electronic music. He is also a classically-trained composer, producer, arranger, vocalist and live artist, whose work includes experimental music, improvisation, remixes and scores for the theatre, contemporary dance and visual art. He wrote the music for Richard Grayson’s acclaimed film/installation at Matt’s Gallery ‘Golden Space City of God’
Ms. Language: Frances Scott
Production assistant / artists assistant / set design / sound assistant / Ms. Geography:
Frances is a filmmaker and artist who has also worked extensively in production and co ordination of various projects at Artsadmin, and Matt’s Gallery. Her recent work considers the trance state, within systems of hypnosis, as a tool and site of production. I worked with her on my previous project at Matt’s Gallery. www.abyme.org.uk www.catalog.org.uk
Mr. Maths: John Wagland
John is an accomplished professional actor, who played the lead role as the Purple Preacher in ‘All Suffering SOON TO END!’ and my previous film ‘Return of the Black Tower’. He has a unique combination of skills as both physical/circus performer and classically trained actor, with very distinctive ‘character actor’ qualities. The role of Mr. Maths has been written for him and was inspired by his character and performance in my previous work. After training at the Drama Centre London John Wagland made numerous theatre and film appearances and playing one of the young leads in Michael Palin’s BAFTA nominated film for the BBC, ‘East Of Ipswich’. In Barcelona he joined up with the notorious Catalan art collective ‘La Fura Dels Baus’ whom he then performed and collaborated with over ten years.
Head of Change: Sebastian Baczkiewicz
Sebastian Baczkeiwicz is a professional actor now better known for his writing, he has written more than 20 radio plays including the acclaimed epic fantasy drama series ‘Pilgrim’ for Radio 4 and ‘The Prettiest Girl in Texas’. A charismatic and extremely intelligent performer, he has been a friend and admirer of my film work for some time; I wrote the role of The Head of Change based on my interpretation of his performative character and writing.
‘The Technician’- Angus Lindsay
He has a long list of theatre, film and tv credits and has been gigging on the comedy circuit for the last 2 years recently working with legendary Alternative Cabaret comic Tony Allen and getting regularly booked at his club The Performance Club.He just finished a tour of The Real Thing acting opposite Osar nominee Tom Conti. And before that completed filming L’Escargot Killers. A feature film about giant killer snails in which he played an alcoholic botanist who comes to a sticky end.
Lighting Camera and all round indispensable: Paul Tarragó
He’s an artist filmmaker, using both video and celluloid, living in London. His work? A mix of underground experimentation and metafiction, tugging at the leash of film language but with narrative often held close at hand. His work has shown widely on film festival and gallery circuits (International Film Festival Rotterdam, NYUFF, EMAF, National Review of Live Art, Triangle France, Brooklyn Museum of Art, ICA London), and includes several award winning experimental narratives, video installation, a collaborative feature film, cinematic sketchbooks, moving image + live soundtrack performance work, etc.