Look & Yes Films have brought to us the exciting Arts Documentary Made You Look and it’s now screening throughout October across the UK & Ireland on official theatrical release, with a series of special screenings in select venues. Made You Look is a documentary about the booming UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. The documentary content is comprised of interviews with carefully selected British creatives, publishers, agency owners and sets out to explore the fact 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. This is a rare and candid insight into the work of some of the UK’s top creative talent, including beautifully shot footage of artists at work and play in their own creative environments.
The film was first premiered at the Somerset House at the prestigious Pick Me Up graphic arts festival back in May this year and its success continued at a variety of sold out international screenings. This latest series of regional cinematic events organised alongside Look & Yes’s partners including Offset, Blogtacular, Creative Lancashire, West of England Design Forum, Thirteen Studio, Source Creative, Artbound and many others, comes in advance of festival screenings taking place in New York, South Africa and Amsterdam, so keep your eyes peeled for event dates coming to a screen near you.
However, if you are unable to make it to any of these upcoming showings all is not lost as the film is also due for release on Vimeo On Demand in the UK on the 2nd of November – It is now available to pre-order via www.madeyoulookdoc.co.uk
Back in 2013 I was interviewed by Print Club London for a little film they were doing about their Film 4 Summer Screen exhibition at Somerset House. I answered questions about my artwork, my process and opinions on the modern creative landscape. When I left their Dalston studios it dawned on me that there was very little representation of the UK graphic arts scene committed to film, especially in long form documentary format.
There was a definite story to be told, and one that would allow for pure visual indulgence in recording the processes of artists from many disciplines.
But this 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 twenty four 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.
Co-Directors: Anthony Peters and Paul Running
Time: 70 mins