Short Film Profile

The Pub

Kemi lives and works in the murky slipstream of a North London pub. As the booze flows the line between who belongs behind and in front of the bar becomes increasingly blurred.

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‘The Pub’ started life in a North London pub followed by 3 months in Tokyo before returning to a studio in East London, and concluding above the very pub it was first conceived in. A year from start to finish which encompassed the Japanese earthquake, London riots, recession anxiety and a whole lot of drawing, it’s my most personal film to date.

The third in a trilogy of ‘rotoscoped’ shorts, the idea followed an open-call by the Japan Image Council for a 3 month residency in Tokyo for any non-Japanese animators. Fitting the criteria was easy but the subsequent questions proved more cryptic; how would the proposed project benefit from living in Tokyo? Rather than adapt an idea to fit the city/culture I would be visiting I decided to turn my attention on my own; London. Living above a pub in the heart of one of the capital's busiest destinations, Camden, offered inspiration literally on the doorstep. I proposed I would present a snap shot of London life through the eyes of a foreigner (the barmaid), an almost zoological observation of the characters who flow through the bar. Although the narrative is fictional, every word and event has occurred at some point in the bar, in fact many of the more extreme events witnessed didn’t make the cut.

The film soon outgrew the residency in its sheer ambition, at almost 8mins, with almost 70 (hand held) shots and 16 different characters it dwarfed my previous shorts by some margin. Having completed less than a minute in Tokyo the film demanded a great deal of personal investment to complete it. As a film devoid of commissioners or private investors, without the unwavering support of Fifty Nine Productions it could have easily fallen by the wayside.

I’m immensely proud to finish it and present this warped vision of Britain to the world and hope it feels like there’s a bigger story buried among the distorted features.
Joseph Pierce Jan ‘12




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2 Aug – 19 Aug | Melbourne, Australia

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 21 Dec 2012