Channel 4 Random Acts – Exhibition and Programme of Talks

Posted: 28th October 2013
The Somnambulist, Reuben Abraham

Northern Film & Media, Channel 4 and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art commissioned 10 artists and filmmakers for Channel 4’s renowned Random Acts strand. To celebrate their completion and in the lead up to broadcast, due Autumn 2013, the ten films will be premiered at BALTIC from 28 October – 17 November 2013, with a programme of talks and presentations from 06 - 14 November.

Random Acts is a short-form, late night daily arts strand on Channel 4. It launched in 2011 and in its first year showcased 260 specially-commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold expressions of creativity. Adopting a ‘television as art’, rather than television about art approach, Random Acts enables a diverse range of established artists and emerging talent to create their own pieces, unmediated by presenters and unfettered by the conventions of conservative arts television. These short films disrupt the schedule with content including, but not restricted to: spoken word, dance, animation, visual art and music.

Some of the Random Acts artsits and filmmakers will be talking informally on a drop in basis; others will delivering more formalised presentations, for which booking is  strongly recommended.



(All presentations run from 4.00pm – 5.30pm, in BALTIC Cinema, LEVEL 1.)

Friday 8 November   Lyn Hagan

Lyn will address the practical and creative challenges involved in making her film with a prisoner on Death Row. (Click here for more info and to book.)

Tuesday 12 November  Lesley-Anne Rose

Lesley-Anne will talk about the craft of stop-motion animation in the digital age and will illustrate her presenttion with a selection of puppets and set pieces from her film. (Click here for more info and to book.)

Wednesday 13 November  Maxy Bianco

Maxy will be screening a selection of his previous work and exploring his focus on the strange lives of marginalised characters who haunt the raggy fringes of the North East of England. In conversation with Roxy Bramley of Northern Film & Media. (Click here for more info and to book.)



(All talks run from 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Ground Floor, BALTIC.)

Wednesday 6 November  Ben Jeans Houghton

Thursday 7 November  Andrew Coats

Saturday 9 November  Ian Cottage

Sunday 10 November  Ed Carter

Tuesday 12 November  Michelle Fox

Thursday 14 November  Reuben Jacob Abraham


The films commissioned were:

  • STILL LIFE, dir. Ben Jeans Houghton
  • STUPID CULT, dir. Andrew Coats
  • THE SOMNAMBULISTS, dir. Reuben Abraham
  • SPIN, dir. Ian Cottage
  • SPATULA HEAD, dir. Lesley-Anne Rose
  • SPLASHY PHASINGS, dir. Heather Phillipson
  • BABY ZOMINIC, dir. Michelle Fox
  • TONY AND ANGELA, dir. Lyn Hagan
  • PIG THE DOG, dir. Maxy Bianco

The ten projects were selected by: Roxy Bramley (Creative Industries Manager, NFM); Tabitha Jackson (Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4); Laurence Sillars (Chief Curator, BALTIC); and Agnes Wilkie (Deputy Director, BALTIC).


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