UnderWire Festival 2011 Programme

Ticketing Information

Join us for a single session or screening for just £5. If you’d like to join us for a whole evening or the whole day on Saturday pay just £10. 


For details of our 2011 Festival venues, visit our venues page.


Wed, 23rd Nov


Opening Night Reception
supported by Skillset
Shortwave Cinema

Join us from 18:00 at Shortwave for a drink to celebrate the opening of the festival, before the screening of the XX Award Programme


XX Award
supported by Object
Shortwave Cinema, 19:30

Nocturn (2010), 15.46 – Leanne Welham
Symphony in Cellulite (2011), 17.51 – Caroline Milsom
I Luv Matt Johnson (2010), 14.00 – Jon Garbett
the artist and the plumber (2011), 07.18 – Carmen Valerio
Myra (2011), 13.45 – Dan Smyth
to read more about the films in the XX Award programme, head here. For tickets, here.


Thurs, 24th Nov



Join us in the bar from 18:00 for….
Underwire and SheSays present an evening of conversation under the stars.

As the worlds of film, advertising, content and digital creativity grow closer together, share your thoughts (and your business cards) with women from the other side of the creative fence, as well as some of the top female names in the business. All over a drink or two.


Dream Drafters
Screenwriter Programme, supported by Euroscript
Shortwave Cinema, 18:00

Blind Date (2010), 11.45 – Abigail Blackmore
The Holiday (2010), 10.48 – Ida Akesson
Morning Echo (2009), 15.00 – Hope Dickson Leach
Myra (2011), 13.45 – Caroline Burns Cooke

to read more about the films in the Dream Drafters Programme, head hereFor tickets, here.

Ring Masters
Producer Programme, supported by WFTV
Shortwave Cinema, 19:45

Shoreditch Slayer (2011), 2.16 – Mavreen Brown
Into this Silent Land (2011), 14.40 – Jean Hogg & Val Hanson
Of Mary (2011), 20.00 – Lolita Chakrabarti & Rosa Maggiora
Click (2011), 14.25 – Catherine Jeffrey
Nocturn (2010), 15.46 – Rosie Crerar

to read more about the films in the Ring Masters Programme, head hereFor tickets, here.

In the Cut
Editor Programme, supported by VET
Shortwave Cinema, 21:30

Radio Amina (2011), 08.15 – Katie Bryer
Prohyb (2011), 05.08 – Katarina Complova
Sunday (2011), 08.53 – Villing Chong
The Glass House (2011), 04.21 – Genevieve Lutkin
Sans Papiers (2010), 18.26 – Carmela Iandoli
Himalayan Sisters (2011), 14.42 – Ling Lee

to read more about the films in the In the Cut Programme, head hereFor tickets, here.


Fri, 25th Nov


Celluloid Sculptures
Director Programme, supported by Directors UK
Shortwave Cinema, 18:00

N25 (2010), 10.00 – Treasa O’Brien
The Reward (2011), 15.00 – Lucy Patrick Ward
Screwed Up (2011), 4.55 – Kris Hofman
Rusalka (2010), 6.05 – Nadia Attia
Biatch (2011), 12.00 – Deborah Haywood
Our Ordered Lives (2011), 10.00 – Christine Entwisle

to read more about the films in the Celluloid Sculptures, head hereFor tickets, here.

She Shoots, She Scores
Composer Programme
Shortwave Cinema, 19:45

Dear Foreigner (2010), 05.10 – Stephanie Angel and Caro Snatch
First Bite (2011), 10.20 – Victoria Wijeratne
A Tale of two Cats (2011), 05.22 – Alex Harwood
Shrapnel (2010), 12.11 – Katie Chatburn
Comes But Once a Year (2011), 08.00 – Justine Barker

to read more about the films in the She Shoots, She Scores Programme, head hereFor tickets, here.

Looking Glass
Cinematographer Programme, supported by Kodak
Shortwave Cinema, 21:30

We Were Here (2010), 04.29 – Lauren Hatchard
Night Shift (2011), 09.08 – Maja borg
House (2011), 03.17 – Annika Summerson
Recompense (2011), 11.25 – Caroline Bridges
Needle (2011), 03.30 – Jessica Cheeseman
The Cake (2011), 08.50 – Gabi Norland

to read more about the films in the Looking Glass Programme, head hereFor tickets, here.


Sat, 26th Nov


At Shortwave Cinema

12:00 – 13:30: The Feminist and the Flirt: Performance Video Art

Does being a woman on both sides of the camera compromise or strengthen the feminist agenda in your work? Are you the subject, object, or the collaborating voyeur? How can you avoid re-enforcing those representations that you intend to subvert? Join a panel of artists, curators and writers to explore new and old challenges facing contemporary female performance video artists. Curated by Harriet Fleuriot.

For more information, head here. For tickets, head here.

14:00 – 15:30: Wired Words: Film Criticism Workshop

To celebrate Underwire’s introduction of a competition for female film writers, the festival presents an interactive workshop for aspiring critics, curious readers and film fans wanting to join the conversation.  Speakers including Catharine Bray (Film4), Guy Lodge (Variety), Frances Morgan (Sight & Sound), Hannah Patterson (Kamera Books) and Virginie Sélavy (Electric Sheep) will give a series of lively presentations and a glimpse into the ideas and shifts in the film culture landscape that are currently exciting them.  Curated by Kate Taylor.

For more information, head here. For tickets, head here.

16:00 – 17:30: Ladies First: Representations of Women in Music Videos

How do women right now look, act and perform in music videos – from the cultural mainstream to the indie underbelly – and how much does it really matter? From the inspirational to the contentious, video clips will fuel the debate for our eclectic panellists as they mull over the pros and cons of the pervasive ‘sex sells’ mentality. Panel content may include zombies, nudity and dancing . Curated by Sarah Chorley.

For more information, head here. For tickets, head here.

At Bermondsey Square Hotel, supported by Audio Network

12:00 – 14:00 Light Falling Through A Lens

supported by Four Corners
The world of cinematography is in the midst of a revolution which is determining new techniques and processes, new possibilities…and new pitfalls. Producers, filmmakers and cinematographers are faced with a bewildering array of choices, all of which have implications for image and budget. Is handling data really any easier, more desirable or budget-friendly than film negative? Isn’t it all just about light falling through a lens?

Four Corners, based in London’s East End, was (probably!) the first not-for-profit to buy a 4K motion picture camera and prides itself on being able to resource filmmakers and artists working at all levels, from a clockwork 16mm Bolex right through to a RED One MX.

Join them at Underwire as we explore some of the choices available to filmmakers today.

For tickets, head here.

14:30 – 16:30 Upfront Thinking: Cameras and Post

supported by VET
Co-hosted by Joan Leese (MD VET Digital) and Sue Giovanni (editor, filmmaker, artist) this session will explore issues about cameras and the implications for post production
Hints and tips from practitioners including:
– preparing for tapeless workflow
– how compression at acquisition affects what you can do in post
– managing rushes and allowing time for converting media
– choosing your camera with post production and delivery in mind.

For tickets, head here.

17:00 – 19:00 A Room of Her Own: Writing Leading Ladies

supported by StarNow
Where are all the leading female characters, and why are they not on our screens? Join Star Now, writer and script editor Lucy Hay (Bang2Write) and filmmaker extraordinaire Ben Blaine (Charlie Productions) as we tackle this question from both writer and actor perspectives. After a panel discussion, we’ll be workshopping some scripts that have women in a central role.

For tickets, head here.

Awards Ceremony

Shortwave Cinema

19:30 – late: UnderWire welcomes everyone back for one last night as they announce the awards, play some music, and celebrate over a drink. Join us from 18:30, ceremony starts at 19:30

The UnderWire 2011 Awards is free! Priority is given to filmmakers who have been programmed as part of the 2011 screenings. All other tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. See you there!