Now & Next commissions featured in Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts

Part of Now & Next

THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME, Rose Hendry and Isla Badenoch, 2020. Courtesy of the artists.

We are delighted to announce that two films commissioned as part of Now & Next will be featured as part of Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts on BBC Four on Monday 8 March, 10pm.

Cosmic Domestic by Victoria Evans invites us to find the infinite in the everyday. Using macro photography and sound recordings taken from ordinary household objects, the film renders the familiar strange and offers an alternative, cosmic perspective on the domestic setting.

THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME by Rose Hendry and Isla Badenoch is a creative response to a forensic jeweller’s craft and interrogates whether a new scientific practice could unearth hidden stories that lie beneath a surface. THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME takes us into the mind of Dr Maria Maclennan FRSA, the world’s first forensic jeweller. There is a common presumption that Maria’s work is like an episode of a CSI drama. Maria’s practice is both subtle and deeply emotive, beyond the singular objective of solving a crime. A practice that opens up questions.

Commissioned as part of Now & Next, a partnership between BBC Arts, Screen Scotland and LUX Scotland. Now & Next aims to support Scotland-based artists from a wide range of disciplines to make high quality short audio or audio-visual content.

Victoria Evans is an artist and researcher living in Glasgow. She creates multi-sensory and immersive audience experiences through moving image, sound and sculptural installation. Victoria has a fascination for the elastic nature of meaning, and the way that thought and sensory perception combine to create our everyday experience of reality. Victoria graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Art Practice from Glasgow School of Art in 2015. In 2019 she received UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funding, via the Scottish Graduate School, to carry out practice-based PhD research at Edinburgh College of Art.

Rose Hendry is a filmmaker from Dunshalt, Fife. Rose plays with cinematic language, visual poetry and the viewer’s experience drawing audiences into worlds both familiar and alien. She is fascinated by the fundamental building blocks of film, creativity and the process of recording, drawing on roots in music, dance and sound production.

Isla Badenoch is a writer-director and artist. Isla is an intuitive storyteller whose work has an individual style grounded in her roots as a documentary filmmaker. Through her distinctive lens, Isla’s filmmaking reflects a curiosity to tell stories of kindred spirits; the quietly hidden characters whose voices may otherwise be overlooked.

Part of Now & Next

Now & Next was a talent development scheme in partnership with Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland that ran from 2019 to 2022.

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