Poppy Ackroyd is a British post-classical composer. Her main instruments are the piano and the violin, but she doesn’t treat them in a classical way. She creates her pieces by sampling sounds, beats and rhythms she generates by tapping the housing and strings of her instruments. She loops and records them, successively adding further layers of sound, until a new orchestral space is achieved. She completes this by adding the clean sound of a classical piano. This process has inspired the narration of my film. The world is seen as a vibration, and everything in it is seen as rhythm and repetition. Nature pulsates, creating a transcendental pulse. Poppy, as a Demiurge, responds to the rhythm or creates it herself. Both worlds - elements of nature and the space within her instrument - coexist and filter through each other. This coexistence is reflected in the picture. Life is a journey and the strings, just like railway tracks, mark the direction. The world is enclosed in the piano, and the piano becomes the world. The world vanishes when Poppy stops playing.
The film was created to promote Poppy Ackroyd's single and her third album. Both the film and the single ’Trains' will premiere on nowness.com in November 2017. The album will be released by One Little Indian on the 26th of January 2018 in the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Australia.
The film has received a number of prizes and was shown at many short film festivals around the world. _________________
To date the video received the following awards at film festivals:
AWARD WINNER - AWARD of MERIT MUSIC VIDEO - Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla California, July 4, 2017 - PLATINUM WINNER - International Independent Film Awards - Summer Session 2017 in Encino California, June 25, 2017 - BEST SPECIAL STUFF - International Music Video Underground 2017 in Los Angeles, June 30, 2017 (radio cut) - JURRY AWARD - Best Music Video - ARFF Paris // Around International Film Festival - screening April 15, 2018 (for radio cut version) - AWARD of RECOGNITION BEST VIDEOCLIP July 2017, Gold Movie Awards Goddess Nike in London winner of monthly edition - TMCLFF Award of Recognition - London - HONORABLE MENTION - Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards - Paramount Studios - Hollywood California
FINALIST - Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, July 11, 2017 CATEGORY: BEST MUSIC VIDEO - The Los Angeles Music Video Festival - final decision and screening October 1, 2017 - European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) - final decision and screening January 19, 2018 - Directors Cut Int'l Film Festival - November 19, 2017 - Vancouver, B.C.
Semi-Finalist - Gold Movie Awards Goddess Nike in London - Best of The Year Competition, screening January 11, 2018 - Les Films de la Toile - Saint Denis/Paris, screening October 1, 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Gold Movie Awards Goddess Nike in London - Best videoclip (music video) January 11, 2018 - Berlin Flash Film Festival - People's Choice Award - July 25, 2017 - FotoFilm Tijuana - Visual Jukebox - July 14, 2017 in Tijuana, Baja California - South London Shorts - July 6, 2018 9radio cut) - TMC London Film Festival - Experimental Superstars Film Festival in Novi Sad (Serbia), 26-27.08.2017 - Bucharest ShortCut CineFest , screening August 27, 2017 - Mindfield Film Festival • Los Angeles - August 12, 2017 - 401 Film Fest - West Warwick - Rode Island - November 3, 2017 - Experimental Film & Music Video Festival - Toronto - October 18, 2017 (radio cut) - Leeds International Film Festival - November 2, 2017 - Red Rock Film Festival — Utah - November 11, 2017 - Locomoción - Experimental Animation Festival - Mexico - October 26 – 29, 2017 (radio cut) - Oslo Independent Film Festival - November 25, 2017
I was born in Poland and I now travel between Paris, London and Warsaw for various projects. I graduated from the Lodz Film School PWSFTViT (Master of Fine Arts degree in Animation and Visual Effects) and completed my training at the department of animated film at CFT Gobelins in Paris. I currently work as compo artist and visual supervisor.
it’s my first solo project that I’ve self-produced, directed, shot and post produced. Maciek Kozlowski helped me with filming Poppy’s performance Aga Gronowicz with editing. ORKA let me use their edit facilities. Severine Hamilton and Kola Calfos helped me to organise affordable lighting. Jan, Ros and Doug showed me the most beautiful beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk. Aga Lesiewicz helped me to organise and finance the project.
This project wouldn’t have happened without their help.