FLAMIN Productions Round 11

Research Image for Graeme Arnfield, 'Zero-Gravity Resistance'. Astronaut Edward Gibson sails through airlock module hatch, February 1974. Courtesy of Johnson Space Centre, NASA

Film London is pleased to announce Graeme Arnfield as the recipient of the 2023 FLAMIN Productions award.

FLAMIN Productions aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image projects, with development, production finance and bespoke mentoring opportunities. The only scheme of its kind in the UK, FLAMIN Productions commissions new, important and substantial moving image artworks that are ambitious in premise and duration, with an emphasis on projects that have strong potential for national and international exhibition and distribution. The artist will receive funding of £30,000 to produce their project, alongside ongoing development support.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:

“Since its inception, FLAMIN Productions has generated an impressive slate of creative projects from some of the capital’s most exciting artist filmmakers. The scheme has successfully supported artists with diverse and unique approaches to the moving image, work that has received national and international critical acclaim.

Now in its eleventh round, we are thrilled to award Graeme Arnfield funding for his new project. We look forward to supporting Graeme as he makes his most ambitious work to date, adding to the stellar array of previous FLAMIN Productions. I would like to thank Arts Council England for their support of this invaluable scheme."

Research Image for Graeme Arnfield, 'Zero-Gravity Resistance'. Courtesy of Johnson Space Centre, NASA

Graeme Arnfield, Zero Gravity Resistance

Zero Gravity Resistance is a psychedelic reconstructive essay on the history of labour struggles in outer space, cataloguing the tactics of resistance practiced by those working in weightless conditions. In 1973, three astronauts went on strike on-board ‘Skylab’, NASA’s first ever space-station, downing their tools in zero gravity over disagreements about work conditions.

Taking these events as a starting point, the film will examine and re-stage this historic strike action, guided by transcripts gathered from archives to speculate on possible futures to come.

Graeme Arnfield (b. 1991, UK) is an artist filmmaker and composer living in London, raised in Cheshire, UK. Producing sensory essay films from networked imagery his films use methods of investigative storytelling to explore issues of technology, ecology and history. Research topics have included: the politics of digital networks, the distribution of ecological matter such as peat and asbestos and the adaptive circulation of global and local histories. His work has been presented worldwide including Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Sonic Acts Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, IMPAKT Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Plastik Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, LUX, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Berlinische Gallerie, Signal Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and on e-flux & Vdrome. He graduated with a Masters in Experimental Cinema at Kingston University and his work is distributed by LUX, Arsenal and Square Eyes.