DV Mission is an annual event, currently at its 15th edition, that attracts filmmakers and film enthusiasts at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea with an immersive cinematic experience. This year’s edition was a theatrical homage to The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and was brought to life by academics and students from the School of Art, Design and Performance. The first-year BA (Hons) Drama & Performance undergraduates put on the show with the help of CCI Faculty staff Dr Ben MacPherson on theremin and guitar, Dr Phoebe Rumsey choreography and staging, Dr Matt Smith puppet and mask making, and technician Russ Tunney.
“It was an amazing show and what an effort from the students. I was extremely impressed by their commitment and creativity. It was a real high point for DVMISSION I think we took it to another level.” – Roy Hanney, director of DV Mission
For the competition, 27 teams of filmmakers were given a title, a line to include in their films, and the genre Hip-Hop Robot Apocalypse. They received this brief on Friday 28th February, and had to deliver the finished 2-minute projects by Sunday 1st March. The short films were then screened at the party night on 7th March with a full audience, most of which took on the challenge and wore fancy dress according to the theme. Councillor Steve Pitt, who presented the awards said: “What a fantastic evening! I was thoroughly entertained by the entries and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments and immersive theatre, too.”
The BAFP students which formed Sleepy Bandits received the Most Cinematic Moment award, sponsored by the Portsmouth Film Society, for their robots walking along the seashore which the judges called “Wide, bold, ambitious and beautiful”. They also won The Audience Raved About it, voted by the audience and sponsored by The Kino Foundation, and their film was also nominated in the Best Film (Professional), Best Actor, Most Inspired Prop categories.
Joe Martyn, third-year Film Production student part of Team Kitsch, was nominated and won the award for Best Actor, sponsored by Portsmouth City Council. The jury said “We really believed he was cruel to a foil-covered box”. Joe also directed his project, supported by the rest of his team: Massimo Matraxia, Sam Jones, Sydney Williams, Seb Stone and Jojo Bossman.
Isaac Lawrence, also in his final year towards a film degree, received the Spirit of DV Mission award for his work with Prop Box Youth Theatre, labelled as “bold ensemble silliness” by the judges.
The University of Portsmouth also sponsored two awards: Best Story, won by team A step too far, and Most Astonishing Special Effect, won by The Showstoppers. All the films will be made available on the DV Mission YouTube Channel in the coming weeks.
Photos courtesy of Anna Zatorska and Katya Gait