After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Chris Newby made a series of short films funded by the Arts Council which explored the juxtaposition of the human form with the natural landscape, often associated with marine imagery.
In 1991, he made 'Relax' for the British Film Institute's New Directors Scheme. This film, about a young gay man undergoing the test for HIV/Aids won many awards including Best Experimental Short at the Melbourne Film festival. Its success led to the opportunity to make his first feature, 'Anchoress', a medieval story dramatising the conflict between Paganism and Christianity through the experience of a young girl who wants to be incarcerated in her local church. A second feature, Madagascar Skin, starring John Hannah and Bernard Hill, again experimented with narrative form. Both films were officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival.

Newby moved into Digital film-making with 'Metamorphosis' having gained a Film LFVA award and in 2012 was commissioned by Film London and BBC Radio 4
to make 'Dickens in London', 5 x 15 minute films exploring the life of Charles Dickens. a combination of live action, animation and puppetry. Other recent commissions have included 'Something Understood', for Norwich Museum, focussing on aspects of prayer within different Faiths, and relating it to facets of the Norfolk countryside.


'My practice divides between projects which involve a constructed world and have a theatrical bent, and another strand which is purely observational. In my current work  I am meticulously documenting a part of London over several years using video, photography and sound.'

Chris Newby



Residencies
Acme Live/Work 2017-22
Selected Exhibitions and screenings:

A Century of Artists Film and Video. Tate Britain.
Artists Film and Video Series, a retrospective, Clore Gallery Tate Britain.
Arrows of Desire Touring exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Art of Faith Exhibition, Norwich Museum and Art Gallery.
Films have been screened at the
BFI South bank
Lincoln Centre New York
Sundance Film Festival.
Berlin Panorama, Toronto Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival
Stockholm Film Festival

Film prints and negatives are held at the BFI National Archive.


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