Apologies for the relative silence on the Beg Steal Borrow front.

However, we are delighted to mention various screenings that have recently taken place featuring Beg Steal Borrow movies.

Firstly, The Benefit of Doubt screened at B-Film at the University of Birmingham on 12 January, before Selfie screened on 23 February at Coventry University – where there was a large and lively audience.

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Selfie screens at Coventry University.

Then The New Hope screened on Sunday 25 February at the Countdown Theater in Brooklyn, New York, as part of the Bad Film Fest – as well as at the University of Roehampton, London, on 29 March.

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Finally, Circle/Line screened at the University of St Andrews on 11 April, while Sculptures of London will enjoy a screening at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton on 10 May.

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Circle/Line screens at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Scotland.

Many thanks to all those who have shown and who continue to show support for our endeavours.

This is Cinema is coming along slowly but surely, and we hope that there are more similar screenings soon.

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Benefit of Doubt’s Hannah Croft on Radio 4

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Beg Steal Borrow reports with great pleasure the launch on Radio 4 of The Croft and Pearce Show.

The show is co-written by and stars Hannah Croft, the leading actress in Beg Steal Borrow’s forthcoming feature film, The Benefit of Doubt. Hannah also starred in Beg Steal Borrow’s debut film, En Attendant Godard.

Hannah is one half of comedy double act Croft and Pearce, who recently embarked on a nationwide tour with their latest material – as well as playing several dates in New York.

Evidently, we are super excited and proud to work with such successful and talented performers. And maybe one day our website will be as good as theirs!

The first episode, which aired on 9 March, is currently available here on BBC’s iPlayer.

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Hannah Croft (left) and Fiona Pearce of comedy duo Croft and Pearce.

The Benefit of Doubt tells the story of a young woman, Ariadne (Hannah), who arrives in Nice, France, after the end of a long-term relationship. There she befriends fellow visitors Nick (Nick Marwick) and Greg (Greg Rowe), who embark upon a promenade des anglais (et écossais) around the city so memorably depicted in Jean Vigo’s classic, A propos de Nice, which is a visual inspiration for the film.

Shot in October 2015, The Benefit of Doubt is currently in post-production. Keep your eyes peeled for more on the progress of that film as and when it comes together!

Meanwhile, Hannah’s first Beg Steal Borrow film, En Attendant Godard, will be screened at the University of Roehampton, London, on 18 March 2016 as part of the Film programme’s Film History & Criticism module.

Selfie screening in Skopje

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Beg Steal Borrow is delighted to announce that Selfie will screen at Kino Kultura in Skopje, Macedonia, on 14 May 2016.

The screening, which has been organised through talented and local low-budget filmmaker Vladimir Najdovski, will take place at 8pm.

Director William Brown is hoping that he’ll be able to make it to the screening – depending on flight price and availability!

Kino Kultura is a centre for contemporary performing arts and independent culture run jointly run by LOKOMOTIVA and Theatre Navigator Cvetko.

Kino Kultura was a thriving cultural venue in the 2000s, having recently reopened in February 2016 after a 10-year absence. It has been described as ‘the symbol of urban life in Skopje’ – and we can think of no better venue for a film like Selfie.

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The Selfie poster, designed by the talented Angela Faillace.

Selfie is an essay-film about selfie culture. It was shot between January and May 2014, and it is composed almost entirely of moving image selfies taken by director William Brown during that period.

The Kino Kultura event will follow soon after a screening of En Attendant Godard at the University of Roehampton on 18 March 2016, as part of the Film History & Criticism module taken by first-year students on the university’s Film course.

Guerrilla Filmmaking Festival 2014

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I run a module at my university, and it is called Guerrilla Filmmaking.

As mentioned in a previous blog, students are asked to make a series of short films in relatively short order and without necessarily having access to traditional filmmaking equipment. I shan’t explain this too much in detail, since it is mentioned (at much greater length) in that previous blog.

Indeed, the changes between last year and this year were minimal in terms of the exercises set for the students. Nonetheless, the films produced were equally excellent, and so I’d like – belatedly, but finally – to curate a bunch of them on my blog for people to look at.

Remember – this is about making a film with minimal resources, on a set topic and always with a formal constraint. Along these lines:

1.     Make a film that does not feature moving images and which responds to the question: what is the meaning of Europe?

2.     Make a film that does not feature any synchronisation between image and sound, which does not feature any music, and which documents an issue of concern local to you.

3.     Make an experimental, animated or found footage film that deals with recent political events, be those global or local.

4.     Make a film about a human rights issue using only a mobile phone and/or other telecommunications technology (i.e. do not use a dedicated camera).

5.     Make a silent film that consists only of one take, and which is about multiculturalism.

So, without further ado, here are some excellent films from the Class of 2013-2014!

1.     Make a film that does not feature moving images and which responds to the question: what is the meaning of Europe?

The Foreigner by Anaurelino Negri da Costa Silva

Evropa by Maya Djurdjevic

En Tourist by Anders Hammer

Postcards from Europe by Marc Moyce

Europe by Lerke Sofie Bruun

2.     Make a film that does not feature any synchronisation between image and sound, which does not feature any music, and which documents an issue of concern local to you.

Aylesbury Estate by Maya Djurdjevic

Aspiration by Joshua Bessell

Guilt by Anaurelino Negri da Costa Silva

Anxiety by Michael Athan Ryan

Open Your Eyes, Benita by Benita Paplauskaite

Film #2 by Josh Fenwick-Wilson

Getting the Train Home for the Weekend by Seb Barnett

Local Concern by Anders Hammer

3.     Make an experimental, animated or found footage film that deals with recent political events, be those global or local.

We’re Here For Your Safety by Michael Athan Ryan and Lee Upton

Eat My Fear by Anaurelino Negri da Costa Silva

Film #3 by Josh Fenwick-Wilson

The Life Blood Machine by Marc Moyce

Political Events by Mary Burnett

4.     Make a film about a human rights issue using only a mobile phone and/or other telecommunications technology (i.e. do not use a dedicated camera).

Private Moments by Mary Burnett

Final Cut by Steven Russell

5.     Make a silent film that consists only of one take, and which is about multiculturalism.

Dilution by Myles Bevan

Access by Marc Moyce

Film #5 by Josh Fenwick-Wilson

Multiculture by Benita Paplauskaite

Multiculturalism by Seb Barnett and Will Davis

My Cultured London by Parisa Heydarkhani

Portobello by Jethro Gayanilo

En Attendant Godard plays at University of Roehampton, London

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En Attendant Godard has played at the Centre for Research into Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC) at the University of Roehampton, London.

The screening was well attended and included a discussion between students at the university and director William Brown, who is a lecturer in film there.

A link to details of the screening can be found here.