Film

Tess Motherway is a filmmaker, visual artist and film curator from Dublin, Ireland based in Berlin since 2016.  To date, Tess’s work has screened at film festivals, exhibitions & events across Ireland, the UK, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Berlin & New York.  Tess’s film work responds to themes of marginalisation, equality, feminism & social commentary & she is influenced by filmmakers such as Kim Longinotto, Pipilotti Rist, Albert & Robert Maysles, Werner Herzog, Vivienne Dick, Peter Tscherkassky, Nick Broomfield, Steve James, Pat Collins & Sharon Whooley & Ken Wardrop. Heavily informed by her interest in 35mm & Polaroid photography working in an array of different film media including digital & Super8 film.

In April 2017, Tess completed an artist residency at The Trelex Residency, Switzerland where she realised her short film ‘8’.  At present, Tess is collecting audio & film archive for a series of personal, experimental documentary films, learning Super8 film development & programming the next instalment of Dublin Doc Fest.

Filmography:

2017 – ‘Company B’ (Short Documentary)

In Ireland, boys have long been a minority in dance. As Ireland’s only contemporary dance group for young males, Company B’s objective is to create a unique space for boys to express themselves through dance & movement. Speaking about the challenges they face as boys who dance in Ireland, members reveal the obstacles they confront, how it feels to dance & why they love it.

Screenings:
Light Moves Festival of Screendance – Co. Limerick, Ireland – Nov 8th – 11th 2018.
Tipperary Dance Platform International Screen Dance Festival – Excel Centre, Co Tipperary, Ireland – October 8th – 14th 2018.
Still Voices Short Film Festival – Ballymahon, Co. Longford, Ireland – August 16th – 19th 2018.
Craw Irish Arts Festival – Kultstätte KELLER, Berlin, Germany –  22 June – 24 June 2018.
Cut the Gap! Film Festival – Pax et Bellum, Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden – 21st May 2018.
Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival – Kino Moviemento, Berlin, Germany – 16th March 2018.
Cut the Gap! The Vienna Gender Equality Film Day – Top Kino, Vienna, Austria – 10th March 2018.
KinoLoop – LoopHole, Berlin, Germany – Feb 5th 2018
British Shorts Film Festival – Sputnik Kino, Berlin, Germany – Jan 17th 2018

Awards:
Second Place: Non-Fiction category – Cut the Gap! The Gender Equality Short Film Day Vienna, Austria, 2018

 

2017 – ‘8’ (Experimental Film)


This piece was devised in solidarity with the ‘Repeal the Eighth’ campaign in Ireland that is fighting for Ireland’s abortion law to be brought to referendum. Abortion is illegal in Ireland, where the Eighth Amendment of the constitution equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus. In doing so, it criminalises abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death. Medical practitioners can lose their licence, or face jail time, if they offer advice to women in need of abortions. Every day 12 women are forced to travel to the UK to have abortions and aftercare in Ireland is minimal for those who have to travel.

‘Éire’ – the Irish word for Ireland – symbolises that my body is not my own but, indeed, belongs to Ireland. Spread the word. Keep the conversation going. Repeal the Eighth.

abortionrightscampaign.ie/repealthe8th/

#repealtheeighth


 

2016 – ‘What Was. What Is. What Will Be Pt2‘ (Experimental Documentary)

An unsettling soundscape confronts moving imagery of a carefree moment, warping our experience of what we see. Another space is created where time is extended, exaggerated. Amplified. Comprised of the only archive footage of the artist as a child, and heavily influenced by her interest in analogue photography, this ‘self-portrait’ challenges the act of looking on the past with nostalgia.

 

2016 – ‘What Was. What Is. What Will Be Pt1‘ (Experimental Documentary)

An unsettling soundscape confronts moving imagery of a carefree moment, warping our experience of what we see. Another space is created where time is extended, exaggerated. Amplified. Comprised of the only archive footage of the artist as a child, and heavily influenced by her interest in analogue photography, this ‘self-portrait’ challenges the act of looking on the past with nostalgia.

Screenings:
Labor Berlin Member Screening – Labor Berlin, Berlin, Germany – 14th May 2018.
And Surrender – Somos Art House Berlin, Berlin, Germany – June 22nd 2016


2015 – all_i_am’ (Experimental Documentary)

Screenings:
Summer Screening – Labor Berlin, Berlin, Germany – Aug 17th 2018.
Waking the Feminists/Nollaig na mBan – The Rosebud, New York, USA – Jan 6th 2016


2014 – Two Sugars:  Intern Ireland (Short Documentary)

‘Two Sugars: Intern Ireland’ is a short documentary about interning in recessionary Ireland today. Jobbridge, or, The National Internship Scheme – a government training scheme aimed at retraining Ireland’s unemployed – is one of Ireland’s main responses to the unemployment crisis, but does it work? Are interns, and the Irish economy, benefiting from the scheme? Four interns tell their story….

Screenings:
Fastnet Film Festival 2016 – The Royal, The Rex & The Metropole Cinemas – Schull, Co Cork, Ireland – 25th – 29th May 2016.
Sky Road TV & Film Festival – Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co Galway, Ireland – Oct 10th 2015.
Plymouth Film Festival – Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK – May 16th 2015.
Independents Day film screening – 12 New Market Square, Dublin, Ireland – March 22nd 2015.
Irish Film Festival London – The Prince Charles Cinema, London, UK -15th March 2015.
Dingle International Film Festival – St. James’ Church, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland – 15th March 2015.


2011 –  ‘City Skippers‘ (Short Documentary)

A short documentary about dumpster diving in Ireland and abroad.

Screenings:
The Kilian’s Short Film Festival – UCD cinema, UCD Student Centre, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland – Wed 4th May 2016.
10 Days in Dublin Shorts Programme – The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Lesson St, Dublin, Ireland – July 8th & 9th 2013.
Waterford Film Festival – Greyfriars Art Gallery, Greyfriars St, Co. Waterford, Ireland   – November 11th 2012.
Lighthouse Cinema Shorts Programme  – Lighthouse Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland – August 27th 2012.
Underground Cinema Film Festival June Screening – Kingston Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland – June 28th 2012.
Eat My Shorts: Short Film Festival – The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, Dublin, Ireland – June 9th 2012.
Digital Exchange Showcase – The Digital Exchange, Crane St, Dublin, Ireland – October 20th 2011.
An Lár TV  – August 7th – 14th 2011.

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