Here’s a collection of recent creative work, which arrived too late for our August issue.

The first is a well-made 16-minute documentary called The Last Resort, made by three students from the University of Portsmouth – Russell Oastler, David Kinnaird and Lucas Way. The doc centres on the decline of Southsea, Portsmouth through interviews with the owner of Southsea’s model village, a sea-front café manager and a group of die-hard swimmers who swim in the Solent every day of the year.

The film manages to capture the fading spirits of those interviewed and is poignant but not entirely lacking in hope. It deservedly won the ‘best documentary’ award at the Inspire Film Festival.

Next up is an art-related video painting competition called The Open Prize, which aims to find a new video artist to work with London’s Open Gallery in an ongoing commission for video paintings. The prize is being judged by Ben Lewis (BBC), Ziba de Weck (Parasol Unit), Marc Valli (Elephant and Magma Books) and Hilary Lawson (Artscape Project).

Over 500 submissions of video paintings were received during the competition, with 10 shortlisted entrants exhibited at the disused Nicholls and Clarke warehouse on Bishopsgate.

You can see the work and find out more about the 10 finalists at http://www.openprize.co.uk

Finally, animation production company Lightparade emailed over a 60-second spot for NSPCC’s Childline, directed by Jake Mengers. Real Call is an animated representation of a call between a child and a Childline counsellor.

Two waveforms are shown with a fluttery, nervous, jittery waveform depicting the voice of the child caller, and the supportive, calm voice of the counsellor shown as a smooth, controlled line. It’s a very effective way to get across the work of the charity.

Staff Reporter