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Aug 28
You can see The Ringer at Bestival this weekend supporting Jon Ronson’s feature Frank. This is a part of the London Short Film Festival. Here’s more info a out the program. 

http://2014.bestival.net/line-up/artists/desert-island-flicks

You can see The Ringer at Bestival this weekend supporting Jon Ronson’s feature Frank. This is a part of the London Short Film Festival. Here’s more info a out the program.

http://2014.bestival.net/line-up/artists/desert-island-flicks



Aug 24
Lavinia ‘Rene’ Shepherd 1927-1989

Sorry I’ve not been blogging lately but I’ve been doing lots of things which you will hear about very soon. 

I just wanted to introduce you to my mum or in reality my grandmother Rene. My birth caused many problems for my family as I was a child of love. So I was left without parents for one reason or another and Rene brought me up in Liverpool. 

Its 25 years this week since she died and I just wanted to spare a thought for her. She got cancer from making golf balls at dunlops. It seems like a farce but its true. The oxidising agent they used gave you cancer. She suffered for a long time and the disease caught up with her at the end of the summer of 1989. 

1989 was a funny time. Hillsborough had just happened. I remembered telling her about the stream of fans going up Anfield Road. Rene herself was bed bound and on her last legs. A few weeks later her time would be up. I remember being negative about Liverpool about then but seeing the people come together for Hillsborough was moving, I remember telling her about it as the masses swept under her bedroom window. 

I’d got a place in art college in farnham and promised her I’d stay and look after her. But Rene being an old fashioned no nonsense scouser said she wouldn’t die until she knew I was ok. As I was abandoned when I was a kid she really fought for me. Even thought she took me on when she was 40 and her husband Johnny died when I was 2. The primary teachers would try to frame me for crimes I didn’t commit but she would go in and knock theirs together, even when she didn’t have the energy she would do this. An amazing woman. 

In her last few days I went away and did the sound on a jujitsu world federation video in Ibiza and when I got back she had passed on.  I’m sure she chose her moment so I wouldn’t witness it. Three weeks later on the 24th Sep 1989 I left home and nothing was ever the same again. 

As you know I’ve used many aspects of my life in my films. Suppose if I’m honest I’ve been messed around a lot by various producers wanting to make a feature. This is something I’ve wanted to do but it’s just not happened for me. Not that it matters. But - if I could do anything creatively I’d love to make a film about Rene as a tribute. I tried in 1992 with A Load Of Balls. I never show that film anymore as it’s not worthy of the subject. I’ve started writing a script about Rene but its early days. Who knows one day you might  read it. Until then my thoughts and love go out to Rene…..

Lavinia ‘Rene’ Shepherd 1927-1989

Sorry I’ve not been blogging lately but I’ve been doing lots of things which you will hear about very soon.

I just wanted to introduce you to my mum or in reality my grandmother Rene. My birth caused many problems for my family as I was a child of love. So I was left without parents for one reason or another and Rene brought me up in Liverpool.

Its 25 years this week since she died and I just wanted to spare a thought for her. She got cancer from making golf balls at dunlops. It seems like a farce but its true. The oxidising agent they used gave you cancer. She suffered for a long time and the disease caught up with her at the end of the summer of 1989.

1989 was a funny time. Hillsborough had just happened. I remembered telling her about the stream of fans going up Anfield Road. Rene herself was bed bound and on her last legs. A few weeks later her time would be up. I remember being negative about Liverpool about then but seeing the people come together for Hillsborough was moving, I remember telling her about it as the masses swept under her bedroom window.

I’d got a place in art college in farnham and promised her I’d stay and look after her. But Rene being an old fashioned no nonsense scouser said she wouldn’t die until she knew I was ok. As I was abandoned when I was a kid she really fought for me. Even thought she took me on when she was 40 and her husband Johnny died when I was 2. The primary teachers would try to frame me for crimes I didn’t commit but she would go in and knock theirs together, even when she didn’t have the energy she would do this. An amazing woman.

In her last few days I went away and did the sound on a jujitsu world federation video in Ibiza and when I got back she had passed on. I’m sure she chose her moment so I wouldn’t witness it. Three weeks later on the 24th Sep 1989 I left home and nothing was ever the same again.

As you know I’ve used many aspects of my life in my films. Suppose if I’m honest I’ve been messed around a lot by various producers wanting to make a feature. This is something I’ve wanted to do but it’s just not happened for me. Not that it matters. But - if I could do anything creatively I’d love to make a film about Rene as a tribute. I tried in 1992 with A Load Of Balls. I never show that film anymore as it’s not worthy of the subject. I’ve started writing a script about Rene but its early days. Who knows one day you might read it. Until then my thoughts and love go out to Rene…..


Jul 30

The Ringer is selected for Sapporo International Film Festival Japan, Granada International Film Festival and Ljubljana Film Festival in Norway. Way to go!


Jul 11
Okay, thought you should know that our friends at Edge Hill University are organizing an amazing symposium and animation festival in their campus at Ormskirk. It’s called C.A.K.E. and it has lots of amazing guests including Vivian Halas, Joan Ashworth and Paul Wells. They’ve teamed up with a delegation from China and it looks pretty amazing. Click here for full details.
At 10:30 on the 17th July there’s a mini Chris Shepherd Retrospective. Don’t miss it. Here’s the running order….
Special C.A.K.E intro (2014)
Dad’s Dead (2003)
Falling Into Pieces - Black Casino and the Ghost (2011)
Who I Am And What I Want (2005)
The Broken Jaw (1997)
The Ringer (2013)

Okay, thought you should know that our friends at Edge Hill University are organizing an amazing symposium and animation festival in their campus at Ormskirk. It’s called C.A.K.E. and it has lots of amazing guests including Vivian Halas, Joan Ashworth and Paul Wells. They’ve teamed up with a delegation from China and it looks pretty amazing. Click here for full details.

At 10:30 on the 17th July there’s a mini Chris Shepherd Retrospective. Don’t miss it. Here’s the running order….

Special C.A.K.E intro (2014)

Dad’s Dead (2003)

Falling Into Pieces - Black Casino and the Ghost (2011)

Who I Am And What I Want (2005)

The Broken Jaw (1997)

The Ringer (2013)


Jul 2
thanks to the overground festival, bar shorts, project shine, overspill and the antenna studios for making all of the film nights we ran so special. here’s an image of me and gang on the last day of the festival. John Barrett took this shot with his 100 year old camera.

thanks to the overground festival, bar shorts, project shine, overspill and the antenna studios for making all of the film nights we ran so special. here’s an image of me and gang on the last day of the festival. John Barrett took this shot with his 100 year old camera.


Jun 27

Bar shorts goes Overground - tomorrow night!

Bar Shorts is back….

…..in Crystal Palace’s Antenna studios (as part of the brilliant Overground Festival) with a special program of PEACE & FOOTIE inspired short films and animations.
Love it or hate it football, this night promises the bite of Suarez plus the goodtimes of Best. If you are the type who hands in a sick note to get out of football practice there’s plenty for you from our resident football skeptic. Prepare for a night of total fun plus live music from FIREFLIES.

We will show  Jerry Levitan’s ‘I Met The Walrus’,  Darren Walsh’s Angry Kid & Flaming Choppers’  World Cup song ‘Handbags’, 12foot6’s ‘Offside rule’, ‘Save the Whale’ and Dog Almighty’s ‘Kick Ups’ as well as ‘Balls’ by Sam Morrison and ‘Balls For Basra’ by Atif Ghani, Dog Judo featuring the late and great Rik Mayall, ‘Peace One Day’ by Phoebe Halstead and Angie Phillips, ‘Jamon’ by Iria Lopez, Over Dinner by Marcus Armitage and others TBC.

8pm. 28th June 2014

Antenna Studios Gallery
Bowyers Yard, Haynes Ln
Crystal Palace
SE19 3AN
United Kingdom

Nearest tube and rail. Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill. Overground and rail from Victoria, London Bridge and Highbury and Islington.

And best of all its free!!!!

Book here for tickets. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bar-shorts-x-antenna-x-cp-overground-festival-tickets-11942866435

Find out more about Bar Shorts. http://www.barshorts.com

There’s also a whole day of entertainment at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival. See the website for all the details of events.

http://crystalpalacefestival.org/

Jun 26

It’s tonight at Coopers Yard in Crystal Palace. The Electric Palace’s Open Air Cinema presents A Channel 4 Random Acts Spectacular as part of the Overground Festival. With amazing filmmakers live and chattin… Robert Morgan, Angie Phillips, Phoebe Halstead, Any Wolfe Thea Glad, Doug Hindson, Jez Pennington, Jacob Reed, Jocie Juritz, Imogen Woolley, Matt King and composer Andrew Hayes. We start at 8:30. Come on down.


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