AWI Short Film Competition

Factory Talk

Factory Talk is an intergenerational conversation about identity, sexuality and masculinity in a rural factory. Through the clanging of metal they make small talk, but as the gripes and grumbles testify to better times, the questions rising on the factory floor are of more than just nostalgia.

Content heads-up: homophobia, biphobia, toxic masculinity

Director: Lucie Rachel and 1990s Chris

Lucie Rachel (she/they) is an artist-filmmaker focussing on intimate subject matter through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, moving between artist film and documentary genres. Since graduating from DJCAD in 2015 as one of the RSA New Contemporaries, Lucie has directed award winning short films with the Scottish Documentary Institute, Glasgow Film, Channel 4 Random Acts and Art With Impact. Their work has screened internationally at over 70 festivals including MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, Iris Prize, and #fivefilms4freedom selected by BFI and British Council. Alongside their practice, Lucie works on the artistic programme team at Lighthouse, Brighton, is film curator for Queer the Pier project, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, and is a Shadow Trustee of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust.

1990s Chris (he/him) is a queer, working class poet from Hereford, working in the midlands and the south west. Writing primarily for film and audio, Chris has been commissioned by BBC arts for a radio production on bisexuality as well as working on a number of projects for Channel 4’s Random Acts. He has written for the Courtyard Theatre, and is currently the writer at Neoteric Dance Company, recently screening their debut film in the National Army Museum, London. Chris has a history of producing high quality work for arts council funded projects as well as performing across the UK, at venues such as The Tobacco Factories, The Eden Project and the Royal Albert Hall. His work hopes to start conversations around queer identity, masculinity and class.