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Rough Cut

How do you remake a film that never existed? 

Rough Cut, the debut feature from artist Jamie Shovlin, explores the re-making of an exploitation film that never was.  At its dark heart is Hiker Meat, an archetypal 1970s slasher movie imagined by Shovlin, complete with hitchhiking heroine, charismatic commune leader and a group of teens who disappear one by one. This tantalising film-within-a-film serves to both deconstruct and pay affectionate homage to the often-maligned exploitation style.

Having created a full screenplay, score and cut-and-paste prototype for Hiker Meat, Shovlin filmed key sections and a full trailer in an intense shoot in the Lake District in summer 2013. Rough Cut contrasts these re-made sequences with on-set footage and insights into the development of Hiker Meat’s script, soundtrack and design, to create a compelling mash-up of self-referencing processes, behind-the-scenes viewpoints and time-honoured slasher tropes.

Rough Cut features in a wider exhibition, Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat, which ran Sat 18 Jan 2014 – Mon 21 Apr 2014 at Cornerhouse.

Rough Cut is a co-commission between HOME Artist Film (formerly Cornerhouse Artist Film) and TIFF: Toronto International Film Festival.

Screened at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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  • Booking Details

    BBFC Certificate: 15

    Format: Rough Cut is available on DCP, Blu-Ray and DVD. Please note, BluRay and DVD runtime is 86 mins.

    2D subtitles/captions are available on the DCP for people with hearing loss.

    Terms: 35% / £100 MG (plus transport)

    Release date: Rough Cut premiered at Cornerhouse on Fri 29 Nov 2013 and went on general release on Fri 6 Dec 2013.

    For bookings and enquiries, and to request a screener, please contact the HOME Artist Film team at artistfilm@homemcr.org

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    About the director

    Jamie Shovlin studied at the Royal College of Art and is interested in the tension between truth and fiction, reality and invention, history and memory. Through his projects Shovlin questions how information becomes authoritative and explores the way that we map and classify the world in order to understand it. Solo exhibitions include Various Arrangements at Haunch of Venison, London (2012), Jesus Rinzoli’s Hiker Meat at IBID Projects, London (2011), Thy Will Be Done at Tullie House, Carlisle (2011), Hiker Meat at MACRO, Rome (2010) and In Search of Perfect Harmony at Tate Britain, London (2006). Recent group shows include NEON at MACRO, Rome, Italy (2012), Bouvard and Pécuchet’s Compendious Quest for Beauty at David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2012), ‘As the World Turns’, Anna Schwarz Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2011), Mythologies at Haunch of Venison, London, (2009), Elephant Cemetery at Artists Space, New York (2007), Becks Futures at ICA, London, CCA, Glasgow, Arnolfini, Bristol (2006).


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