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Radio Live Transmission

Sound and music are vital to cinema, no matter the genre. This programme of short films and animations show how they can be incorporated into narrative.

Music and interference emanating from a radio, old technologies and new, are all explored here. The process of making music, either via home studio or more organically using just the voice are also explored. And beyond sound, these films touch deeper emotions relating to friendship, love, loneliness and growing up.

Philip Ilson


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  • Directors The Brothers McLeod
  • UK 2013
  • 7 mins

One second per day for 365 days – ideas taken from things seen, read or experienced.

A Million Miles Away

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  • Director Jennifer Reeder
  • USA 2014
  • 27 mins

An afternoon choir rehearsal at school turns tense when the teacher has a breakdown and things unravel to an 80s heavy metal anthem.

Black Island

L’Île noire

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  • Director Nino Christen
  • Switzerland 2014
  • 6 mins

At a lonely checkpoint, a watchman receives a radio so as he can listen to sounds from around the world as darker deeds take place around him.

Dead Air

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  • Director Robert Bradbrook
  • UK 2014
  • 17 mins

A small community experiences change when a radio ship appears offshore.


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  • Director Kyle Waszkelewicz
  • USA 2014
  • 6 mins

A young woman is frustrated by the behaviour of an enigmatic deaf man.

Gary the Rapper vs Stefan Blix

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  • Director Mark Devenport
  • UK 2014
  • 14 mins

A never-been rapper and a has-been musician battle their neuroses to finish a track together.

Magic Miles

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  • Director Audrey Lam
  • Australia 2014
  • 16 mins

Two girls go for a drive to the edge of town; a road movie with a strange soundtrack.

Resonant Frequency

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  • Director Jonathan Birch
  • UK 2014
  • 12 mins

Haunted by threatening voices from a radio, a paranoid schizophrenic descends into psychosis.

Total running time 105 mins

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