LSFF9 – Sean Conway: F*cking Genius – Review

Wednesday 11th January 2012

As part of our coverage for the London Short Film Festival, Front Row Reviews were lucky enough to be invited along to a retrospective of writer/director Sean Conway’s work. Hosted by the ICA in association with Pinball Films, Think Sync Music and FabricLive, who provided DJ’s for the after party in the ICA bar.

The title of the screening may sound a bit pretentious, but it is a direct quote from RANKIN, the world famous photographer and co-founder of Dazed and Confused, letting us know, in no uncertain terms, what he thinks of Conway. When addressing the audience before the films were shown, Conway came across as quite humbled by the attention he has been getting, and himself stated that, ‘It seems a little weird having a retrospective when I’ve only really just started out’.

The films shown spanned his body of work, from his final university piece which had it’s début some years ago at the London Film Festival, ‘Rocco Paris’, right up to a sneak preview of his first feature length production ‘Whorses’ and a trailer for his TV series ‘Hit and Miss’, starring Chloe Sevigny, Sky Atlantic’s first British drama which will be aired later in 2012. When writing ‘Hit and Miss’, Conway worked along side Paul Abbot (Shameless, State of Play), to create the gritty drama about a female contract killer with a secret to hide.

Films screened (in alphabetical order) were:

Alex and her Arse Truck (2008) (17 mins)
Give me a Name (2011) (4 mins)
Kings of London (2009) (24 mins)
Rabbit Stories (2006) (9 mins)
Rocco Paris (2004) (11 mins)
Sloe Gin Nights (2009) (3 mins)
Wolph (2011) (5 mins)

Followed up with a Q&A session, Conway was very open about his work and career so far. Taking questions from the audience, Conway discussed how he got started in script writing, his love of all mediums and how they influence his creative process, how he casts his short films and he also gave us an insight into writing ‘Hit and Miss’ and the process of moving from short films to bigger feature length projects.

The London Short Film Festival runs until 15th Jan – check out their site for more events.

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