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Creature of the Estuary Starts Filming

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Principal photography on Eelyn Lee's latest film, Creature of the Estuary began this week along the South Essex stretch of the Thames Estuary. Eelyn welcomes back BAFTA-winning actor Anamaria Marinca [above right] as Rada, a migrant who arrives by small boat at the end of a pier with her 8-year old daughter Rita, played by local actor and new-comer, Tess [above left].

Cinematographer Dominik Rippl will be filming for five days this week and Eelyn welcomes a team of old and new collaborators.

Follow the progress on the project blog.

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Eelyn Lee Runs Fear Labs to Develop her New Film

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As part of the development process for her latest film, Creature of the Estuary, Eelyn is running a series of 'Fear Labs' with residents of Benfleet and Canvey Island. Working in collaboration with Art Director Christopher Kelly who has made a selection of props, Eelyn is exploring personal stories of fear with participants before encouraging them to turn them in to monsters.  

The first workshop was with a group of twelve art students from Seevic College [see results above] who are now helping Eelyn and Chris roll out the workshop to other groups including Cast and Crew, a drama workshop based on Canvey Island.

The project is part of Eelyn's 3-year exploraration of notions of monsters and fear through improvised and collaborarive filmmaking. With funding from Arts Council England, Essex County Council and Metal Eelyn is making the new film for Estuary 2016, a festival celebrating the Thames Estuary.

Follow the project blog for updates.

 

Eelyn Lee Selected to Lead Artists' Forum

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Eelyn Lee has been selected by Artquest to put together a group of artists working at the forefront of social and collaborative practice to form a PEER FORUM. Between February and July 2016 the group will meet once a month at Peckham Platform to reflect on each other's work and exchange ideas around process driven arts practice.

With 20 years experience of collaborative working in a range of settings Eelyn has brought together a dynamic group of artists all of whom make work through varying degrees of social engagement. Over the six months they will explore how artists engage with community, histories and place and the politics that create the contexts for these.

In light of Assemble’s recent win of the Turner Prize they we will aim to take an overview of the history of community arts practice with an eye on how it could develop in the future.

Follow their discussions and find out about the artists taking part on their blog, Collaborative Arts Practice.

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Artist Residency at Metal

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This month Eelyn Lee will be spending three weeks at Metal, an artistic lab on the Thames Estuary. Metal have offered Eelyn a residency at their Chalkwell Hall base in Southend to continue her two-year exploration of collaborative filmmaking.

Following last year's 5-day lab at the Barbican which was supported by Arts Council England, Eelyn will be further developing ideas around notions of fear and monsters by exploring local stories associated with the river.

Eelyn will be talking to groups of people with connections to the estuary including the fishing community in Leigh-on-Sea; dock workers at Tilbury and residents on Canvey Island.

The research will inform a further two moving image works and will culminate in the making of a long form film in 2017.

The first iteration of the project, Monster made during the Barbican lab will premiere at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival [5th - 8th Nov 2015] in York. Taking inspiration from Shelley's Frankenstein, the film tells the story of monster created from other people's fear and features BAFTA / Palme d'Or winning actress Anamaria Marinca [4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days].

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Stories of Transformation with the Barbican

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Last week Eelyn Lee ran a 5-day project with young people [aged 11-19] at Spotlight, a youth centre in Poplar, East London. Commissioned by the Barbican with funds from Into Film, Eelyn conceived of an exciting new collaborative film project to explore the theme of transformation.

Taking the following premise as a starting point...

What if one morning you awoke from troubled dreams to find yourself transformed right there in your bed in to your worst nightmare?

... Eelyn and a core team of 10 young people made three short stories of transformation, inspired by the opening lines of Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

Long-term collaborator Winstan Whitter worked alongside Eelyn to facilitate the filmmaking, whereby young people took roles of actor, director, camera operator, gaffer and art director. The final film will screen at a special event at the Barbican Cinema in October.

The project marks Eelyn's ongoing interest in exploring notions of monsters, transformation and fear through processes of improvisation and collaboration.

Arts Council to Fund New Work on Thames Estuary

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Happy to announce that Arts Council England have funded Eelyn Lee to make the second stage of her Monster Trilogy. Following extensive research along the South Essex stretch of the Thames Estuary through residencies at Metal, Eelyn will spend the rest of the summer making a 20-25 minute film on locations on Canvey Island, Benfleet Creek, Southend Pier, Thorpe Bay, Leigh-on-Sea and Tilbury Docks.

This latest work called Creature of the Estuary is also supported by Essex County Council and Metal.

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London Premiere of Monster at Close-Up Film Centre

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Eelyn Lee's latest film Monster will have it's London Premiere at Close-Up Film Centre in Shoreditch at 8pm on Sat 5th March.

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Monster marks Eelyn's first iteration of her two-year investigation in to improvised filmmaking. Shot during a 5-day Lab at the Barbican with a group of 18 collaborating actors and artists including BAFTA/Palme d’Or winner Anamaria Marinca [4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days], the project was supported by Arts Council England.

Eelyn is currently developing the work through a residency with Metal, an artistic lab on the Thames estuary where she is extending collaboration to local people, collecting stories of fear associated with the river.

Monster is programmed alongside Bill Morrison’s Spark of Being as part of The Modern Prometheus weekend.

After the screening Eelyn will be in conversation with Gareth Evans, Film Curator, Whitechapel.

Book Tickets here.

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Essex County Council Funds New Work on Canvey Island

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Essex County Council have awarded Eelyn Lee a grant of £2000 to create a series of moving image portraits on and around Canvey Island.

Next year Eelyn will collaborate with residents from Canvey Island and Benfleet to make a series of film portraits of local people. Capturing their dreams, memories and stories of fear associated with the estuary, the films will be projected in local outdoor sites before featuring in the Estuary Festival 2016.

As a development of Monster, her experiment in improvised filmmaking which began with a 5-day Lab at the Barbican last December, Eelyn will continue to explore notions of fear. She is particulalrly interested in hearing about how the storm of 1953 plays a role in the collective memory of the area and how living below sea-level effects the pysche of a place. 

 

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BFI Film Academy at the Barbican 2015/16

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For the third year running Eelyn Lee will be delivering the BFI Film Academy at the Barbican. Eelyn has designed a creative approach to guiding 15-19 year old filmmakers through a collaborative process to make micro shorts inspired by seminal British films.

To coincide with the 2016 commemorations marking 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare this year we will be making two short Shakespeare-inspired films.

Watch one of last year's films inspired by Hitchcock's Rear Window here.

 

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