Autumn Exhibitions 2018

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Upcoming screenings of films by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

15 September
In Search Of The Exile screening at Pugnant Film Series, Fuck Narration 24 hour film event,, Athens, Greece.
Details here

19 September
Telekinetic Pleasures screening at Bideodromo: International Experimental Film and Video Festival, BilbaoArte Art Production Center, Bilbao, Spain.
Details here

19 September
Telekinetic Pleasures screening at DOBRA – Festival Int’l de Cinema Experimental, Cinemateca Museu Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Details here

2 October
The Quest For The Cine-Rebis screening at Exploding Appendix Art and Research Group, Brighton, UK.
Details here

6 October
The Kingdom Of Shadows screening at Gorst Underground Film Festival, Gorst, WA, USA.
Details here

13 October
Telekinetic Pleasures screening at Gardunha Fest, A Moagem, Fundão, Portugal.
Details here

21 October
Studio Diary Series screening at Doclisboa’18, Lisbon, Portugal.
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31 October
INT. LANDSCAPES screening as a part of Experimental Film Society shorts programme at Filmwerkplaats, WORM Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Details here

7 & 9 November
Two Evenings of Films by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais presented by Exploding Appendix, Brighton, UK.
Wed: Presentation + Savage Witches @ University of Sussex
Fri: Studio Diary Series (abridged) @ Fabrica Gallery
Details here

An Interview In 12 Parts. Part 7: The Quest For The Cine-Rebis


Here is Part 7 of our year-long interview which is being conducted by Bradley Tuck as a part of our artist residency at Exploding Appendix.

In this month’s instalment we discuss our film/manifesto The Quest For The Cine-Rebis (2016), while shooting off onto various topics, including artist manifestoes, Arthurian quests, alchemy, creativity, feet and shoes, the politics of film funding, spirituality, gender and more!

“For us the title of a film is like an egg that can be opened and inside you can find the entire universe of the film, if you could somehow ingest the title then the film would play in its entirety within your mind and you would know it throughout your whole body. In our work a title nearly always comes at the very beginning of a project, it guides us strongly through the forming of the film. From that short couple of words we are able to unravel the core purpose of the production. Sometimes our titles totally baffle us but we stick to them anyway and trust in them to guide us through the creative process. They are instinctively chosen, so they have a wisdom that is beyond our conscious mind, it is so fascinating to speak with them as if they are characters and learn from them. The Quest For The Cine-Rebis is a very direct title, it offers the three central motifs essential to this work: the mythological quest, the alchemical work and the medium of cinema.”

Read the full text:
An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 7: The Quest For The Cine-Rebis

Many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara

EXTERIORS Short Film Series

We are very pleased to announce that EXTERIORS, our series of five short landscape films is now available to watch on Vimeo VOD here.

EXTERIORS Short Film Series
A series of five landscape films by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

Nature has always been central to our films. Animals, weather and the landscape often feature as characters and symbols treated with the same significance as the human performers. In our short film series EXTERIORS we decided to strip away as many of the other elements as possible and focus on the direct relationship between the recording device (in this case a VHS camera) and the natural environment. This could be seen as a series of short meditations on surfaces, the surface elements of our planet and the visual surface of the recorded image.

We have a love for the visual qualities of video, particularly of VHS and Hi8, there is something in the unique quality of the image, the unexpected transformation of colour and the jittery movement that we find spellbinding and beautiful. What you see in these films is not a detached scientific recording or a simple document of places as they are seen by the human eye but a series of immersive and expressionist video-paintings that speak of the landscape as it exists within our imagination. These could be called inner landscapes – once filmed by our trans-mutating-cinema-device they become imagined worlds, something more than those places that existed in the outer-world, they are now spaces for you to project yourself into and drift in a sea of sensations made with light and sound.

EXT. WAVES   2017, 21 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. FIRE AT FAIRLIGHT GLEN   2017, 6 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. TREES   2017, 10 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. SEA MIST   2017, 7 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. WILD FLOWERS   2017, 5 mins, VHS, colour

Bonus film:
Also included here is INT. LANDSCAPES (2018) a short Super 8 film by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais which was filmed on location in Ireland while they were there performing in Rouzbeh Rashidi’s Phantom Islands. Not so much a behind the scenes film as a film created to the side, in the spaces between frames and in those moments between takes. In this film a series of inner landscapes are evoked through sound, voice and fleeting fragments of Super 8 film.

An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 6: FILM PANIC Magazine

Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

Here’s Part 6 of our year long interview which is being conducted by Bradley Tuck as a part of our artist residency at Exploding Appendix.

In this installment we discuss our publication Film Panic Magazine, the ins and outs of our writing process, some key books that have influenced us, and the many contemporary artist filmmakers we have interviewed including Rouzbeh Rashidi, Gurcius Gewdner, Hooroo Jackson, Toby Tatum, David Finkelstein, Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian, Marnie Weber, Scott Barley, Atoosa PourHosseini, Janja Rakuš and Susu Laroche.

“Creative work has its own authority and we are not interested in illustrating any particular theory or anyone’s ideas, not even our own, sometimes the films themselves do not necessarily illustrate our film philosophy, they might even contradict or expand it beyond where we had previously reached with words. Our writing is always an attempt to catch up with ourselves, understand what we are doing and find clues of where we might be heading next.”

“The magazine will no doubt continue to transform and we are not precious about where it goes, for us Film Panic is our public journal and workbook, it is a place to gather our research and document the projects that excite us, so as our work as filmmakers evolves the magazine will too, and it could take us anywhere!”

Read the full text:
An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 6: Film Panic Magazine

Many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara

PLOT POINTS – Shooting Complete

PLOT POINTS 2018 Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

We are incredibly excited to announce that we have now completed shooting a new feature film called PLOT POINTS. Filmed on location in Espinho, Portugal, this is a film about a group of characters stranded in a mist covered seaside town, the ocean, sorrow, the colour blue, and a film remembering cinema. Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of helping us create this film, we had such an amazing time shooting and collaborating with you all! Post-production will commence soon!

Daniel & Clara

A Motion Picture By Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

Under the spell of Raul Ruiz, Jacques Rivette and Marguerite Duras

Cast: Bradley Tuck, Diana Agar, Mar Gimeno Lumbiarres, Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais, André Almeida Rodrigues, Zeza Guedes, Matilde Magalhães, Mariana Sampaio, Ana Monteiro, Daniel Cancela, Mimi and José Pais

The ocean, the ocean, the endless ocean. The mist, the mist, the endless mist. The tears, the tears, the endless tears. The passing of time is a slow walk from room to room filled with memories and dreams, the carpet worn by lovers steps as they creep around hoping time does not catch them. Songs once sung still echo here.

Daniel & Clara On Collaboration – Interview by Avant Kinema


We have recently been interviewed by our good friends Scottish filmmakers Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian of Avant Kinema. In this interview we cover some details about our backgrounds and how we began making films, but the main theme of the conversation is collaboration. We dig into the ins and outs of being collaborative artists and offer some personal insights into what collaboration is for us.

Thank you so much to Sarahjane and Roger for the wonderful questions and taking the time to speak with us!

Here’s their intro:

“As part of a series of interviews and articles on processes of Creative Collaboration, we spoke to our friends, Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais, who create lavish, startling, dreamlike, unsettling, wonderful feature films and shorts under the banner of The Underground Film Studio. The duo are also behind Film Panic magazine, the definitive journal of contemporary underground and experimental cinema.

Daniel & Clara are two of the most industrious, creative, innovative, genuine and generous people we know. We had the pleasure of first meeting them in February 2017 when they invited us to screen our short film, Orphine (2014), in the beautiful city of Porto in Northern Portugal. They were perfect hosts for the three days we visited with our son, helping find us free accommodation, showing us all around Porto, Gaia and the seaside town of Espinho where we collaborated on an impromptu Surrealist black & white Super 8 film, starring Daniel & Clara, which we entitled, In The Arbor of the Bitter Orange (2017).

Soon afterwards, Daniel & Clara came over to the UK for a short British-wide tour to promote their films. All four of us put on an event, MoonMoths at the MacArts Church, in Galashiels, an Avant Kinema / Film Panic co-production, which featured experimental short films, comedy and music, plus a special screening of Daniel & Clara’s first collaboration, the feature Savage Witches (2012). A couple of days later we put on a double bill screening of work by all four of us at Edinburgh’s Vegan-friendly arts cafe, The Forest.

Being life-long aficionados of the art of collaboration we thought that Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais would be ideal subjects for our investigations into Creative Collaboration.”