The Shooting Gallery returns to Channel 4


Channel 4 has broadcast more short form programming in 2013 to date than any previous year

Channel 4’s short film strand The Shooting Gallery is returning for a four week run starting Monday 11th November, to showcase nine brand new films from some of the UK’s best new film-making talent.

The series will feature a variety of work from multiple genres; ranging from BAFTA winning shorts like Will Anderson’s The Making of Longbird and Charlotte Carden’s The Taxidermist, to campaigning micro-documentaries depicting real life stories of miscarriages of justice told by survivors of Death Row, by Will Francome and Mark Pizzey.

The Shooting Gallery provides the hottest new talent with a mainstream TV platform known for creative risk-taking. Film-makers including Scotland’s Marcus McPeake (Your Picture Gets Mine) and London-based Oliver Goodrum (This is Vanity) will have their shorts featured in the same new talent showcase that launched the careers of Shane Meadows, Clio Barnard and Andrea Arnold.

2013 has seen Channel 4 broadcast more short films across its schedule than ever before, with over 300 films featured through the Random Acts strand alone.

The Shooting Gallery was commissioned by Susie Wright, Media Project Manager, Channel 4.

Susie said: “The Shooting Gallery epitomises Channel 4’s passion for supporting and nurturing new talent. It’s a unique opportunity in broadcast for film-makers at the beginning of their career to have their work shown to a wide audience. It's also an opportunity for the audience to have a first glimpse at the work of some of the UK’s most promising film-making talent, across the genres. The hope is that these names will become more and more recognisable in the future.”

  • Ep 1, The Shooting Gallery: Crossing Over

Why Don’t They Do It in the Road? - written and directed by Chris Purcell

The Making of Longbird – Written by Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson, directed by Will Anderson

  • Ep 2, The Shooting Gallery: Blame the Parents

Your Picture Gets Mine - written and directed by Marcus McPeake

The Taxidermist - written and directed by Charlotte Carden

  • Ep 3, The Shooting Gallery: Death Row

Four micro-documentaries written and directed by Will Francome and Mark Pizzey

  • Ep 4, The Shooting Gallery: This is Vanity

Written by Alexander Craig and directed by Oliver Goodrum

Future episodes are set to include films made with partnership organisations including The Tate gallery, the British Council and the Kendal Mountain Festival.


Notes to Editors:

Channel 4’s short form strands include:

Random Acts - The only dedicated short form arts strand in the UK, with over 300 titles aired to date and over half from new directors.

Shooting Gallery – The only shorts showcase for the best film-making talent in the UK and internationally with films ranging from animation to creative documentary.

Coming Up – Channel 4’s unique talent showcase for new writers and directors providing an opportunity to make an original piece of drama with a guaranteed network broadcast

4Thought – Channel 4’s week day 3 minutes slot featuring highly personal short films where ordinary people reflect on religious, ethical and spiritual issues.

4Ramadan – over 30 short films depicting the Ramadan experience for British Muslims in one of Channel 4’s most talked-about pieces of programming ever.

Film4 Shorts – Film4 backs 5 of short films each year, enabling new and up-and-coming filmmaking talent to hone their skills or explore a story idea with the support of an established production team. It has launched the careers of Sam Taylor-Wood and Martin McDonagh.

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