STOP PLAY RECORD was formed as part of a joint initiative set up between Arts Council England and Channel 4, which saw the Institute of Contemporary Arts become the designated Random Acts Network Centre for London and one of five Networks across England. The ICA leads the London Network in partnership with five other partner organisations across London, with each partner responsible for a portion of the 24 films that are delivered each year. All completed films have the chance to be featured as part of the Channel 4 Random Acts series on TV or online.
The ICA is the executive producer for six STOP PLAY RECORD films per year and is responsible for the overall delivery of 24 films each year to the Arts Council and Channel 4. It also leads on the main activity of the STOP PLAY RECORD programme of workshops, talks and masterclasses which take place each month.
Founded in 1946, the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a membership institute that promotes and encourages an understanding of radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, talks and events, the ICA examines recent impulses in artistic production while stimulating debate surrounding the arts. With its critically-acclaimed Exhibition and Film programme, as well as its Off-Site and Touring strands, the ICA continues to engage new generations of artists and audiences alike.
Using a single location featured in the 1975 film The Passenger, this film deals with memory, cinema and the photographic image.
A farewell send-off to a housing estate on the brink of demolition.
In a standoff between two rival sapeur factions, the groups eschew violence for a fashion showdown.
An expression of themes of control within a relationship through the medium of contemporary dance.
An exploration of notions of masculinity and social violence in a concrete urban landscape through contemporary dance and movement language.
A documentary introduction to conversations around the complex nature of multiracial identity.
Grappling with the material processes of filmmaking, issues of identity and allegories of artistic creation.
Exploring the journey of a lone soldier's dying moments.
A journey along the River Thames, which by the end reaches a certain state of sweet madness.
Following a £10 note through a series of events in the lives of four unrelated Londoners.
A space for Steve to cut grass and a site for public enterprise.
A manipulation of the human body, gender and identity to create the insect form.
A recreation of the spacesuit malfunction during Extravehicular Activity Mission 23.
An intimate exploration of love and its role in the lives of five individuals.
A study of an idle rifle range, exploring the presence of militarism in the landscape and how it channels contemporary myth.
A bike courier is unable to evade the pillars of any institution - the Great British Jobsworth.
An exploration of Kiev's youth and a definition of a collective state of mind.
A visual deconstruction of the body suffering from anxiety.
An artificial, dystopian seabed where life has been eliminated through mankind's doing.
It's the time of human prehistory and a group of women are whiling away the hours of a sex strike.
A man drives his car slowly through a mechanical car wash and leaves an affectionate answer phone message for his young daughter.
Merging brushstrokes with the landscape of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire.
Yet another Boy meets Girl story, spewing from the pages of teenage obsession.
An abstract representation of the ocean and how, for the artist, it resonates with an idea of home.
Saying goodbye to a stranger is possibly the strangest thing you can do to a stranger.
Two figures wander the desolate Yorkshire Moors building colourful worlds around themselves.
Chicken & Gistin' and observes different conversations that occur in chicken & chip shops. It will be using the love of urban music to join the gap between the older and younger generation.
The film PINK explores the relationship between gender and colours, capturing the pressure and anxiety this young girl associates with the colour pink.
A young lady gets a call testing her choice to go to university deserting her enthusiasm of boxing for good.
A teenager called Swifty who has trouble displaying her sexuality to society. To hide the condition, Swifty dresses in a Mascot head.
Social media is a rapidly evolving, all consuming, utensil which has now been incorporated into almost everyones lives. This Documentary takes a brief venture into whether this digital voice is diluting what it is to be truly connected. Do we feel in tune with the people who ‘follow us’? Or are we becoming complacent when acknowledging our ability to have a real relationship or even a conversation? The opinions seem to be as never ending as our timelines…
OTHER CONSPIRACIES is a surrealist glimpse through the key hole at the creative process when framed by mental health.
As night descends on an aging bath house, its occupants face an unnatural intrusion that threatens the stability they’ve strived to maintain.
An intimate portrayal of herd mentality in the moshpit in juxtaposing harmony with the natural world.
An abstract journey about grief and the passing of time. A woman tries to escape the ghosts of her past, but they catch up to her on a Night Bus to Nowhere.
This the story of Wilson, a regular black guy whose battle with his feelings/expression leads to his timely yet dark and truthful outburst. Set in faux utopia the film takes place around a run in with an old acquaintance.
Confined to his room, a young man shuts himself away from the outside world as he slips further into realms of escapism.
Swipe is a short film exploring the risks of having so much technology at our fingertips. A girl sits at home and appears to flit between different realities, how far will her journey take her ...?
A narrative bound by loose knots and fleeting moments; the pathways of several strangers form an orbit, as they each encounter a body at the edge of an open field.
13-year-old Marija has just moved to England; now her mum says she is pregnant and Marija feels like her life will never be the same again.
A girl is pursued walking home at night, but the real threat is yet to be seen.
Sometimes the connection we’re looking for comes from the most unexpected of places. Wavelength takes the viewer on a journey through the city, exploring how we relate to each other in a technologically saturated world.
Originally written as a poem, Last Days of the Girl’s Kingdom follows a young woman’s fight to establish dominance over her own doppelgängers.
The Mirror of Time explores an idea that while over time humans change and grow old, at core they remain the same person they were since their day of birth.