Submission Countdown: Experimental

“How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of the smallest thing and pulls it toward the heart of the world.” Dance, spoken word and brutalism collide in Matt McDermott’s experimental short film Gravity’s Law. Set amidst the prestigious Barbican Estate in London, the film uses the lyrical poem of the same name from the romantic German author Rainer Maria Rilke to address themes of egoism and nature. 

Mediating on the question of egoism distracting humans from their true purpose, McDermott brings Gravity’s Law into the modern-day by addressing mindfulness in an era that presents a sometimes overwhelming level of information to an individual at any given time. The harmony of the dance against the looming manmade structures of the Barbican illustrates balance, and McDermott plays with the concept of time and shades of lighting to compliment Rilke’s wording.

McDermott is a London-based, award-winning director who alongside Gravity’s Law works in commercial content for a number of leading consumer brands. 

Gravity’s Law played in the experimental strand of Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which showcases multi-layered and provocative shorts from filmmakers hailing from far and wide, Inspired by art, history and culture and interpreted in ambitious new ways across moving image, analogue film and digital content.  Conventional narrative and cinematic limits are stretched, offering an utterly unique viewing experience. 

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.BAFTA-qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.