A VIRTUAL REALITY ASSISTED SUICIDE FILM
Made in collaboration with Framestore Pictures, VISYON 360, freelance designers from immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and Grand Central Sound Studios, The Last Moments is a virtual reality film experience that puts the viewer in the shoes of a person having an assisted suicide at Dignitas, a dignity in dying organisation in Switzerland.
Shot at Bristol Museum’s 2015/16 exhibition: ‘death: the human experience’ in a replica of a room at Dignitas Switzerland, The Last Moments is an interactive docudrama film that allows the viewer to experience an assisted suicide and either end their life or carry on living.
The choice the viewer makes directly impacts the outcome of the film and also allows for choices to be polled to help spark debate on this sensitive issue.
In May 2016 the film was shown to medical specialists, PhD researchers and right to die groups at a Euthanasia conference in Amsterdam.
The film is currently being submitted to various international film festivals.
It was nominated for Best Director and screened at Underwire Film Festival, November 2016, and won an Award of Recognition at The IndieFEST Film Awards, 2016.
The film has been screened at the following:
BFI Media Conference, VR Masterclass, June 30th 2017
Encounters film Festival, VR Q&A/Masterclass, September 22nd 2017
Press and Media Links:
WIRED PODCAST: Death in VR, Hawking in space: Podcast 310
Style to the End is a short film commissioned by NOWNESS as part of their The Way We Dress series.
It explores the outfits women have chosen to wear to their graves.
Working with women with whom death is the corner stone to each of their lives; (and many other women):
Shabnam Spiers - A&E Doctor & Fashion Designer
Louise Winter - Creative Funeral Planner
Romany Reagan - Performing Heritage & Cemetery Studies PhD candidate and playwright
This short film is shot in several funeral settings including Mortlake Crematorium, Harrison's Funeral Home and GreenAcres Heatherley Wood.
The film reveals the powerful emotions underlying both choosing a final outfit and confronting mortality, and shines a light on how fashion and style can frame a woman's final moments in life and in death.
Perisoap / Periscope app short film.
One Saturday morning 10 people converged In a flat in North London and made a little history.
They shot a complete short film drama entirely through the new Twitter app Periscope. An app which allows people to stream video from their mobile phone to the entire world and respond to the comments of whoever’s watching in real time.
As with any live event, the logistics were fiendishly difficult to orchestrate. The main actress was also the camera operator, who had to time her performance to not only work with the rest of the cast in real life but also of the cast commenting via the app. But the real surprise was the extra 150 unsuspecting Periscope users who joined to follow the stream, making following the scripted comments even more challenging.
Throw in a shoplifting scene and subsequent police phone call from an unknowing member of the public and things got a little hairy.
For first time Director Avril Furness the ambition of the project was what made it so compelling:
“I had only heard about the app 3 weeks ago and wanted to explore how the pressure of the crowd can make people do things they wouldn’t normally do”
And the users of Periscope seemed to like it too:
“Don’t know if this is real or not but finally something entertaining on Periscope” @TylerMiller_10
Which begs the question of such a new medium, how will it be used in the future? If people aren’t engaging with live streams of people doing nothing, is there an opportunity to evolve the soap opera like Lonelygirl15 did almost a decade ago? Time will tell.
The difference between real life and your 'online' life can be quite different.. but what happens when your online perception of yourself wants to take over real life?
'Look at Me' is a short film that explores the difference between online and real life personalities and the effects social media has on real relationships.
I worked with actor Lucy Watson (from Made in Chelsea, quite an expert in 'online living' - with over 1 million Instagram followers).
This film is currently on the festival circuit and will be made public after it's festival run.
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Shot on 16mm film, RIP LOL looks at how connective technologies/social media has warped the relationship between family members across two generations.
Written/Directed by Avril Furness December 2014
The Hug Project was inspired by a Nan Goldin photograph I saw at MoMA in New York.
I wanted to recreate this moment of intimacy between my own group of friends, and capture this on film.
I created an event where specially created algorithm randomly paired people up whom I had invited, and displayed their names on a huge screen which directed them to the 'Hug Space.' Several film crews and photographers then captured the moment.