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Artist Film

HOME Artist Film is a unique project for the production, distribution, exhibition, training and development of artist film.


  • Luis López Carrasco’s short film commission is currently screening at Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland. Aliens (2017) is a film portrait of Tesa Arranz, a key figure in the 1980s Madrid scene and lead singer of the Zombies. Confronting the singer’s paintings of outer-space creatures with memories of her youth, her poems and diaries, Aliens depicts the emotional landscape, in Spanish history, where happiness, nightmarish experimentations and alienation walked hand in hand.
  • HOME Senior Producer and independent curator Bren O’Callaghan is part of a Plus Tate research project that visited Beijing earlier this year. As part of a forthcoming UK-wide project for 2018, Bren will be curating a moving image programme for touring multiple venues of work by women artists across China in association with CAFA: Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.
  • We are soon to begin filming The Scar, with artists Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, weaving conspiracy, gangster, noir, politics, crash theory, fantasy and reality into a disrupted narrative and genre exploration that ignites a gender revolution. Coming to HOME in early 2018.
  • HOME Visual Arts team recently wrapped principal shooting on John Walter’s A Virus Walks Into A Bar, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, CGP Gallery, HOME Artist Film, SMART Art Agency and Towers Lab UCL. Watch out for this in John’s solo exhibition coming to HOME in late 2018.
  • Andrew Kötting’s new film Edith Walks is still on UK nationwide release following a special event at ICA, London, and regional premiere at HOME, Manchester. For bookings and enquiries, please contact the HOME Artist Film team at artistfilm@homemcr.org

Feature Films

Selected titles are also available on Curzon Home Cinema and BFI Player.

Short Films

  • The Scar (Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, 2018)
  • A Virus Walks Into A Bar (John Walter, 2018)
  • 182cm Queenie (La JohnJoseph, 2017)
  • House on the Borderland (Clara Casian, 2017)
  • Aliens (Luis Lopez Carrasco, 2017)
  • It’s What’s Inside that Counts (Rachel Maclean, 2016)
  • YOU ARE A POWERHOUSE! (Chris Paul Daniels, 2015)
  • The Bottom of the World (James Richards, 2015)
  • Two specially curated compilations have been made for Film Hub NWC and available to book now – Transactions of Desire and The Tin Screen: no.w.here’s 10th birthday party. Please see the Hub website for more information
  • HOME Artistic Director: Film, Jason Wood, has co-directed a new short film with Simon Barker, Always (crashing), cycling through Ballardian motifs from isolation to disintegration.

HOME Artist Film was set up as Cornerhouse Artist Film in 2011 by Sarah Perks to investigate new methods of production, distribution and exhibition. Specifically designed for artist long form and feature film, this project is designed to exploit our unique bridge between visual art networks, artists and independent film exhibition. Our groundbreaking work in the production, presentation and distribution of artist-led features marks the next chapter in our long-standing support of experimental film and video since Cornerhouse opened in 1985.

Cornerhouse Artist Film first co-commissioned and distributed Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s Self Made (2010), followed by Andrew Kötting’s Swandown (2012). Swandown was selected for competition in the ACID section of Cannes International Film Festival in 2013.

In 2013, Cornerhouse Artist Film completed it’s first in-house feature film, Rough Cut by London-based visual artist Jamie Shovlin, which was shown at the 43rd Rotterdam International Film Festival. 2014 also saw the release of Bob and Roberta Smith’s Art Party and a nationwide art party was held in over 30 venues on the day the GCSE results were announced.

The award-winning Subconscious Society (2014), Rosa Barba’s first 35mm long form film commission, was followed up by Declan Clarke’s The Most Cruel of All Goddesses (2015) and also two special artist film compilations – Transactions of Desire (celebrating HOME’s first year) and The Tin Screen (celebrating no.w.here’s tenth birthday).