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Random Acts is Channel 4's short film strand dedicated to the arts.

Alongside producing 12x30’ TV episodes each year, we commission, exec, production manage, deliver and distribute between 80-200 short form art films. This has allowed us to work with a wide variety of new and established talent including David Oyelowo, Sir Ian McKellen, Tim Key, Robert Sheehan, Laura Marling, Monica Dolan, Ella Purnell, Adeyemi Michael, Asa Butterfield, Neil Maskell, Goldie, Maisie Williams, Adam Buxton, Noel Fielding and Lily Cole.

 We mentor and support artists and film makers with a commitment to developing diverse talent. Of the 80 films we oversaw in-house in 2018, 76% had at least one female lead creative, 51% were made outside London, 32% had a BAME lead creative and more than a third had a BAME on-screen lead.

Featured Artists

Lucy Raven

A short horror film in which a lahar, a violent molten pyroclastic flow also known as “wet concrete”, slowly consumes everything in its path, including the television screen. Lucy Raven is an artist living and working in New York. Recent solo exhibitions and presentations of her work include the Serpentine Galleries, London, the Columbus Museum of Art, Portikus, Frankfurt, the Park Avenue Armory, and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Anna Fearon

Directed by Anna Fearon, THE MUSE is a stunning sequence of intimate portraits shot through the frame of a mirror, accompanied by voiceover of the subjects discussing the intersection of their identities, being both queer/non binary and a person of colour. 

Joe Stephenson

Random Acts partnered with Tate to present six films in response to Queer British Art. These provide glimpses into LGBTQ lives through intimate portraits of six individuals. The films use differing styles of storytelling, with each queer filmmaker bringing their own creative approach. Scott Chambers gives an emotional performance evoking the feelings of a young Ian McKellen, as the acclaimed actor narrates his account of growing up in a time when there was no possibility of being out as a young gay man.

Daria Martin

Artist Daria Martin revisits her grandmother’s childhood home through videogaming technology, and an archive of dream diaries, to explore the legacies of her ancestors’ forced flight from Czechoslovakia prior to the Nazi invasion. Born in San Francisco in 1973, now based in London, Daria Martin is an internationally acclaimed artist and winner of the 2018 Jarman Award.

Hardeep Pandhal

Hand drawn digital animation with sound. Original lyrics by Hardeep Pandhal, inspired by the word 'thug', which means 'deceiver’ in Sanskrit. Born in Birmingham, Hardeep Pandhal now lives and works in Glasgow. His work was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2013), the Glasgow International Open Bursary (2013), the Drawing Room Bursary Award (2015) and the New Museum Triennial (2018).

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