A still from a film by Iggy London. It shows a Black man, loking into a mirror, where we can see a reflection of his face.
Online Event
Thu 03 Dec 2020

Upgrade Yourself: Inspiration... Exploring Personal Narratives and Visual Poetry

with Filmmaker Iggy London

FREE
Thu 03 Dec 2020
13.00 - 14.00
Online Event
Streamed Live

Join Iggy London as he shares some of his most personal and thoughtful film projects and insights into his career route to becoming a Film Director.

In this film-inspired Upgrade Yourself: Inspiration session Iggy London Iggy will talk openly about his artistic practice and some of his inspirations and working methods when approaching film, TV, and short form content..

Iggy will share some of his processes making films and speak about the importance of strong & thorough visual research with lasting purpose and authenticity, as well as the beauty and emotion in building a storyline, taking inspiration from those who inspire him. As well as film work, Iggy creates and collaborates for various brands across the creative industries, so will offer advice on how to hone your ideas.

There is also a chance to ask Iggy questions during the live session via Okocha Obasi, one of our new Young Hosts from the Young Producers at Somerset House programme.

Upgrade Yourself: Inspiration

Industry voices and game changers share their career journeys and practical tips to both home and international audiences in these online talks. There is also the opportunity for audience members to ask live and direct questions via one of our Hosts from the Young Producer Programme at Somerset House.

Led by members of the Somerset House creative community and external partners and guests, these digital sessions primarily aimed at people aged 18-25 are for those looking for access routes into the Creative Industries and the Cultural Sector.

About the artist

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Iggy London is an award-winning British filmmaker, known for his distinctive style and creative approach to storytelling. Emerging at the height of the post-Moonlight cultural zeitgeist, his films are emotionally dense and touch on themes of identity.

Iggy is committed to creating works that shift the boundaries of cinema, culture and beyond. His debut short film, Black Boys Don’t Cry, investigates stereotypical notions of masculinity. In 2018, he released Velvet which won Best Experimental Film at the Thunderdance Cannes Film Festival. This year he released a coming of age film, Rite of Passage, which was commissioned by Nowness.

About Okocha Obasi (Young Host)

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Recently graduating from Leeds Arts University in Graphic Design and now living back in his hometown London. Okocha's practice moves between hyper-digital fantasies all the way to intimate contemporary work, which aims to be both captivating and thought provoking. Since graduating he has won awards with both D&AD and Creative Conscious, alongside being featured as one of the 16 top global graduates by ItsNiceThat 2020. On the same tone, ItsNiceThat awarded him the first-ever public grant as part of the ExtraNiceFund to support his own platform RACEZINE, which aims to extend the lens of what is to be a person of colour in the 21st century. RACEZINE also has a sister brand club night called TONGUE N TEETH, which has a strict ban on mobile phones within the space. Centring queer and bodies of colour to be as bold and cathartic as they please. When not designing, you can often find Okocha in the anime sections of the library or front left in the club.