1.22.1 Film Available Online

IMG_2141Last year, while I was still in the final year of my undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Coventry University, we were informed that students from the Media Department were looking to collaborate with writers for their final project. I jumped at the opportunity to see one of my stories enacted and submitted a thriller I wrote the previous year for my short story module.

Thus, 1.22.1. the short film came to being. Based on the thriller of the same name, it tells the story of Ava, a quiet protagonist that is not as innocent as she seems… Or is she?

The main feature on the plot is confusion and duplicity – two things I love to explore with my writing. My job as a writer is that of a guide, and my main goal with this story was to intrigue the readers so they could draw their own conclusions.

The film was on the Official Selection of the Birmingham Film Festival and was also shortlisted for the Best Editing Award. I got to go to the exhibition night and finally meet the team that turned my words into a 10-minute feature. Check the pictures below.

You can now watch the film online on Vimeo

Film Credits:
Starring: Ellamae Cieslik, Nicole Katherine Riddell, Tom Silverton
Story: Maria Omena
Direction: Eger Tiitus
Production: Cristian Odobescu
Photography: Nia Marinova
Sound: Rishabh Yadav
Edition: Ke Luo

 

Performance: The Unfinished Draft at the Museum of Futures, Kingston

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The poem, the story, the poster, the literary artwork as Note. Note as in draft, as in graphic symbol, as in discovered text. Note as in reminder, forgotten, perhaps scrawled, handwritten, typed or digital. Note on a phone, in a notebook, on a bus. The notebook as the poem, the word doc draft as the final story, because the author intervened. An exhibition that celebrates the process over the product, that takes pleasure, and pain, in the inevitable unfinished, in that which points to a future finality that’ll never come.”

Steven J Fowler invited me to be one of the curators for the ‘Notational Literature: The Unfinished Draft’ exhibition at the Museum of Futures in Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. It was my first time curating an exhibition, and I was astounded by the quality of the pieces we received from all over Europe. It was an amazing experience and it is certainly something I would like to repeat.

I also exhibited my first work of visual poetry, ‘Remains’ (picture below). It felt gratifying to challenge myself this way, especially since asemic and visual poetry was something I had only heard of recently via an audited poetry class during my Master’s Degree.

Additionally, I got to perform an eponymous poem on the Opening Night of the event. See the performance below:

Performance: University Camarade V

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The University Camarade V  is a unique collaborative event that asks pairs of students from creative writing courses across the UK to produce together new works of poetry for performance. The University Camarade is presented by Writers’ Centre Kingston at Kingston University.

The 2020 event happened on the 25th of January at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London and had the participation of almost 30 students from the Universities of Glasgow, Edge Hill, Lincoln, York St John, Oxford Brookes, Greenwich, York and Kingston.

I had the pleasure to work with Shehzar Doja, a poet from Bangladesh that studies a PhD in Creative Writing in Glasgow. It was brilliant to see how our different writing styles came together for this piece.

Check our performance below: