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The Unlimited opening event: Does It Matter? WW I Shorts commissioned by Channel 4 / 2 September 2014

still from Simon Mckeown’s motion capture animation Ghosts showing two disabled veterans playing cricket

Still from Simon Mckeown’s motion capture animation Ghosts

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By Colin Hambrook

The launch event of the day was a presentation of the series of World War I shorts commissioned made for Channel 4 by a series of artists who feature regularly on Dao: Claire Cunningham, Simon Mckeown, Katherine Araniello, Tony Heaton and Jez Colbourne.

I’d thoroughly recommend going to the Channel 4 website to view the films. However, it was a treat being able to see them in the Clore Ballroom on a large scale. And to hear some of the stories behind the making of the films through a conversation between Unlimited Producer Jo Verrent and Shape CEO Tony Heaton.

For instance I hadn’t realised the fate of learning disabled people during the First World War. Whilst many were thrown in at the deep end in the first rush to conscript young men; soon after they were refused from conscription completely; thus the tone and execution of Jez Colborne’s lyric in Soldiering On.

It was interesting to hear from Tony too, talking about his research, looking at war memorials; bearing witness to the fact that they’ve become invisible because we’ve stopped looking at them. 

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