‘Made You Look’ – A film about creativity in the digital age

13 October 2015

An exclusive set of film screenings will highlight the work of some of the UK’s top creative talents, including artists at work and play in their own studios.

'Made You Look', a film about creativity in the digital age, will be shown in Blackburn and Preston in October.

The exclusive set of preview screenings will be introduced by the film's director, and followed by a Q&A session with some of the contributors.

The film is a documentary about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. It includes interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners, on the theme that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era.

The first screening takes place on Thursday 22 October at the Blackburn College University Centre. The screening will be introduced by film director, Anthony Peters, and followed by a POWWOW creative social happening and opportunity to speak with the film's creators.

There will be another opportunity to view the film on Wednesday 28 October at the New Continental Arts Space on South Meadow Lane in Preston, followed by a Q&A with the film makers including Anthony Peters and other contributors – hosted by Dave Haslam.

The film screening has been arranged by Creative Lancashire, in association with D&AD, Creative Hive, and Source Creative.

Creative Lancashire is a service provided by Lancashire County Council, through its economic development company – Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL). They support creative and digital businesses and work with all sectors to realise creative potential.

Ed Matthews-Gentle from Creative Lancashire explained: "This film documents the work of some of the most revered British graphic artists and illustrators to emerge in recent years. It also shines a light on the processes and craft that goes into their work, as well as their relationship with digital media.

"The artists and designers featured in the film have influenced agencies based in the region, such as Bird, The Chase, Source Creative, Wash and numerous others.

"Their ideas still resonate. The work of these designers is now influencing the next wave of designers who are emerging from UCLan and Blackburn University College and Edge Hill, to name just a few."

Anthony Peters, who directed the film, said: "The film isn’t just about the creative brilliance of people who have informed the way our world looks. It's also a story that sympathises with the way many people feel in the modern age: overwhelmed and bombarded with information 24 hours a day, longing for some time away from the multitude of screens through which we work, consume, create and record the world around us.

"So many creative people are turning to mediums that take them away from their computers. Methods of making work that involve making real, tactile items to be cherished and kept, instead of being consumed and forgotten.

"However, very few creatives could have an audience or career without the trappings of the internet and social media, and this tension between the analogue and digital world is the story we are pursuing in Made You Look."

'Made You Look' features a whole host of influential artists, illustrators and designers from the industry, including: Sam Arthur, Jon Burgerman, Ben The Illustrator, Anthony Burrill, Sophie, Dauvois, Fred Deakin, Ed Cheverton, Pete Fowler, Kate and Fred Higginson, Will Hudson, Adrian Johnson, Kate Moross, Helen Musselwhite, Andrew Rae, Ian Stevenson, Hattie Stewart and Spencer Wilson.

Tickets cost £6.50 (£5 for concessions). For more details and to buy tickets, visit: www.creativelancashire.org/html/MadeYouLook_1870.html

For information about the screenings, visit www.creativelancashire.org. You can follow them on twitter – @CreativeLancs.

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