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A shot of 'Anyone You Want', a film produced and directed by Campbell Graham

A photograph by David George, the winner of the Societás Award 2009

MA Photography, Work-in-progress Interim Show

'The Scouting Book for Boys', a film showing at the 3rd Future Film Festival


News and Events Archive: March 2010

Cass Lecturer’s movie debuts in LA

‘Anyone You Want’, the debut feature film by Campbell Graham, a senior lecturer at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) will receive its world premiere at the Cinequest Festival in Los Angeles on the 3rd of March. It will show in competition in the New Visions Program, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Campbell, who teaches screenwriting and working with actors on the BA Film and Broadcast Production course wrote ,directed and produced Anyone You Want. He has previously made several short films, music promos and commercials. His extreme comic short 'Dare' (which you can see online) premiered at the Yahoo Film Festival in L.A. and was picked up by Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard for their film website Pop.com. Campbell is also an experienced actor, and you can catch a glimpse of him as ‘Hamish’ in both Bridget Jones Movies and as a wizard in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In the ‘Anyone You Want’ a young businessman befriends a troubled homeless girl on the streets of Sydney and is drawn into her secret fantasy world. Over a lost weekend they try out new personalities - from hippies to grunting cavemen. But as these games bring them closer together they are forced to confront the frightening reality of each other's lives. In turns touching, edgy, and funny, 'Anyone You Want' features rising Australian stars Socratis Otto (The Matrix Reloaded, X Men Origins- Wolverine), Tabrett Bethell (The Clinic) and veteran comic actor Max Cullen (Australia, Jindabyne).

The Cinequest Film Festival where the film will debut is now in its 20th year celebrates the work of maverick and innovative filmmakers. The 2010 event will feature more than 200 film screenings, including 76 U.S. and World Premieres from 45 countries, and 80,000 attendees are expected.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, “It’s very important to us that , whatever their chosen discipline, our students are taught by experienced practitioners. We’re proud to have a talent like Campbell on the team- and delighted to hear about the film’s LA launch. If you are a Facebook user please support the film- and Campbell- on the Anyone You Want page”.

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February 25, 2010

MA Photography Alumnus wins Societás Award

David George, who recently graduated from the MA Photography course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) been named joint runner up in the Societás Creative Graduate Static Art Prize 2009. He shares the prestigious accolade with Japanese illustrator and New York School of Visual Arts graduate Yoko Furusho. David’s winning work examines the existence of “The Sublime” in the Western post-industrial landscape. His images explore how such terrains posses a physical and intellectual exclusivity for a general observer and how they, due to the nature of the industries that create and maintain them, have a built-in obsolescence.

The Societás Creative Graduate Prize, now in its fifth year kick-starts the careers of talented visual arts graduates globally, bringing their work to the attention of leaders in the creative industries - a platform to recognise the best emerging illustrators, photographers, painters, graffiti artists, animators, short filmmakers and installation artists worldwide.

The awards jury is made up of innovators from the international creative industries including contemporary artists Stuart Semple and Tessa Farmer, Penny Martin of the London College of Fashion, photographer Ellis Scott, Design Laboratory/Jotta.com, Director Yann Mathias and Melissa Sterry founder and CEO of Societás.

The Societás award follows a string of recent successes for David. In November, Korean photography magazine PhotoArt presented a 6 page showcase of his work. In December he was a finalist in ‘shots’ magazine’s 2010 global photography competition. His work is currently being exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic- at New Directions : 2010 Down and Out in Portland, Oregon and at The Open West at the University Of Gloucester.

February 24, 2010


MA Photography: Work-in-progress Interim Show

Private View: Wednesday 10 February, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues until Friday 19 February

Open times: Monday-Friday from 11am-6pm and Thursday until 8pm
Location: Unit 2 Gallery, Sir John Cass School of Art, Media and Design
Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF
(Aldgate East tube)

Showing work: MA Photography from full time and part time,
years 1 & 2:

Antonio Antonopoulos, Ian Atkinson, Mustafa Batibeniz, Emma Brennan, Simona Ciobotariu, Michele Clement-Delbos, Michele Cremona, Ian Farrant, Daniel Imade, Ulka Karanikar, Andrew Kennedy, Kasia Kosaka, Victoria Kovalenko, Noguchi Katsuhito, Ceyda Kamaci Nielsen, Robert Pearson, Hannah Richardson, Spencer Rowell, Solmaz Tahvilzadeh, Digby Washer, Gemma Wyer, Mohsen Zarei-Kesheh.


Cass Alumna leads BBC/BFI Future Film Festival

Sandra Kazlauskaite a 2009 graduate of BA (Hons ) Music Technology (Sound for Media) at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has the key role of co-ordinating the 3rd Future Film Festival, which takes place from 5th to 7th February at the National Film Theatre.

Presented by the Bristish Film Institute (BFI) and BBC Blast and aimed at 13-25 year old film makers, the festival is an exclusive weekend of free screenings, workshops and a chance to get up-close to on-screen stars and behind-the-scenes talent. This year’s exciting line up includes previews of new movies such as ‘The Scouting Book for Boys’ and ‘Heartless’, workshops with the casting director of ‘Skins’ and the sound design team from Doctor Who, the opportunity to compose for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a Q and A session with Joe Wright, the director of ‘Atonement.’

The festival is Sandra’s first big project in her new role as Young Film maker’s organiser at BBC Blast. She visited the department recently to tell current students about the festival and opportunities to participate.

Sandra is no stranger to success. At the Graduation ceremony in 2009 she was awarded the ‘University prize for academic excellence, best First Class Honours Award - first place. This recognizes her First Class degree as the top degree across the whole of London Metropolitan University for 2009 on the basis of academic achievement.

During her time at The Cass, Sandra, from Lithuania, was also involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. One of her projects was selected for an arts festival in Chemnitz (Germany) in Summer 2008, where she was invited to work in residency. Another of her compositions was part of a showcase of surround sound works at the Electro-Acoustic Music Festival in New York in 2009.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, “We are really proud of Sandra’s academic success and professional progress since graduating, both of which are a testament to the creativity, hard work and commitment she consistently demonstrated as a student here.”

February 2, 2010

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