Beg Steal Borrow’s William Brown is proud to curate Roehampton Guerrillas (2011-2016), a showcase of short films made by participants in William’s Guerrilla Filmmaking class, which he has been teaching at the University of Roehampton, London, since 2011.

The class involves students making a series of short films that involve both a technical and a thematic constraint – akin in some respects to Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth’s The Five Obstructions (2003), which is the first film that participants watch as part of the class.

The class also invites participants to draw on a history of guerrilla filmmaking from around the world, reading important texts and manifestos by filmmakers like Julio García Espinosa, Fernando E. Solanas and Octavio Getino, Glauber Rocha, Jia Zhangke and Wu Wenguang. Participants also watch and gain inspiration from work by zero- to micro-budget filmmakers like Giuseppe Andrews, Ai Weiwei, Khavn de la Cruz, Mike Ott and Harmony Korine.

Roehampton Guerrillas (2011-2016) features 39 short films by 31 different filmmakers, and which respond to eight different challenges set to participants on the course. The films, chosen from among 100s made during the first five years of the Guerrilla Filmmaking course, are all packed in to a 127-minute running time!

Short on time, with no technical support, and forced to make films about topics and using techniques that are not of their choosing, the Roehampton Guerrillas prove the following:-

  • You don’t need money to make a film.
  • You don’t even need a camera.
  • You only need an idea.
  • Limitations do not hinder creativity. They drive it.

Among the filmmakers whose work is showcased are various who have worked with Beg Steal Borrow in different capacities, including Aleksander Krawec and Millad Khonsorkh, who both perform as actors in The New Hope, and Angela Faillace, who has designed the posters for The New Hope and Circle/Line.

Viewers may want to watch the films out of order. As a result, below is a list of films included in Roehampton Guerrillas (2011-2016) with timings so that viewers can browse the selection at their leisure.

Challenge #1

Make a film using only still images and which answers the question: what is Great Britain?

00m46s-04m37s – ‘This is Britain’ by Pablo Saura

04m37s-07m23s – ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ by William Guy

07m23s-09m58s – ‘#1’ by Josh Fenwich-Wilson

09m58s-11m08s – ‘Bricks’ by Lola Lextrait

Challenge #2

Make a film using only still images and which answers the question: what is Europe?

 11m18s-15m02s – ‘Postcards from Europe’ by Marc Moyce

15m02s-16m48s – ‘Europe’ by Charli Adamson and Alex Crowe

16m48s-19m58s – ‘EuropA’ by Aleksander Krawec

19m58s-24m10s – ‘The Foreigner’ by Lino Negri

Challenge #3

Make an experimental, animated or found footage film that deals with a personal issue.

24m19s-29m17s – ‘Gainsbourg For Eve(r)’ by Eve Dautremant-Tomas

29m17s-30m43s – ‘Ambition’ by Joshua Bessell

30m43s-33m55s – ‘#3’ by Audrey Jean

33m55s-35m12s – ‘Your Future Depends on Women’ by Zainab Nassir

35m12s-39m32s – ‘Early Onset Alzheimer’s’ by Taylor Matsunaga

39m32s-40m28s – ‘Memory’ by William Guy

40m28s-43m18s – ‘#3’ by Josh Fenwick-Wilson

43m18s-46m10s – ‘Open Your Eyes’ by Benita Paplauskaite

46m10s-48m49s – ‘Mind Glitch’ by Pablo Saura

48m49s-50m16s – ‘Monday Morning’ by Marina Oftedal

50m16s-52m41s – ‘Vote Romney’ by Millad Khonsorkh

52m41s-56m39s – ‘From An Outsider’ by Oz Courtney

Challenge #4

Make a film about a political issue that does not feature any synchronisation between image and sound.

56m48s-60m56s – ‘Aylesbury Estate’ by Maya Djurdjevic

60m56s-67m21s – ‘Free Tibet (Bless Dale Cooper)’ by Millad Khonsorkh

67m21s-69m58s – ‘Eat My Fear’ by Lino Negri

69m58s-72m52s – ‘Access’ by Marc Moyce

Challenge #5

Make a film about a human rights issue that does not feature any synchronization of image and sound.

73m01s-76m45s – ‘Surveillance’ by Mary Burnett

76m45s-81m56s – ‘Peri’ by Eve Dautremant-Tomas

81m65s-84m03s – ‘The Imperfect Human’ by Gabrielle Littlewood

84m03s-89m15s – ‘The Perfect Human’ by Louise Benedetto and Samuel Taylor

Challenge #6

Make a film about a political issue that consists of only a single take.

89m23s-92m12s – ‘Patriarchy in Porn’ by Zainab Nassir

92m12s-95m50s – ‘Alien’ by Sian Williams

95m50s-99m15s – ‘Toaster’ by Ewelina Lipska

Challenge #7

Make a film about multiculturalism using a smartphone, or which is silent and consists of only a single take.

99m23s-102m28s – ‘Girl Before a Mirror’ by Wajod Alkhamis and Pablo Saura

102m28s-109m20s – ‘Underground’ by Samuel Taylor

109m20s-111m20s – ‘Watts’ by Dasha Sevcenko

111m20s-113m52s – ‘Dilution’ by Myles Bevan

Challenge #8

Make a film that is a letter to a loved one and which consists either of found footage or which is an animation.

113m59s-116m54s – ‘Google Heart’ by Lola Lextrait

116m54s-119m59s – ‘Letter to a Loved One’ by Valerie Gonzalez

119m59s-122m26s – ‘The Façade’ by Tom Heffernan

122m26s-126m23s – ‘Dawn of the Third Challenge’ by Angela Faillace