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Tin House Reels: Kate Jessop

This week’s featured filmmaker, Kate Jessop, started off as a visual artist and musician and “accidently ended up as a filmmaker after being slipped a copy of Final Cut Pro.” At the age of 26, armed with her new toy, she made a narrative film called Desires, which would go on to be shortlisted for the Virgin Media Shorts Award and showcased at over two hundred independent cinemas in the UK.

Jessop makes the kind of films that we’ve been working to identify and promote at Tin House Reels—the child of digital art and poetry. “I love the interdisciplinary nature of working with poetry and animation. Both mediums are based on rhythm which is the intervening structure between the two,” Jessop said.

Jessop’s On Miles Platting Station is an adaptation of Simon Armitage’s likewise titled poem. A muted collage, it follows an imagined trip on a rickety train from the Pennines into the dangerous crowds of central Manchester.

“I grew up in the same Pennine village as Simon Armitage,” Jessop said, “and would often take this train into Manchester. When I realized he had written a poem based on this journey, I knew I had to adapt it to screen—it being particularly personal as it signified my journey out of childhood into adulthood and my own life in Manchester.”

Jessop creates work that is part of the growing cultural language for short films: She routinely adapts poems into short films for Comma Film, a wing of Comma Press and has collaborated with Southbank Centre in London for events like their Festival of Neighbourhood, creating accessible shorts that capture a poem or a mood for festival goers.

On Miles Platting Station by Kate Jessop from Tin House on Vimeo.

Kate Jessop is an artist and filmmaker who has undertaken artist residencies in Berlin, Reykjavik and Manchester Metropolitan University.  Her film When the Telescope Came, won the Femme de Fantastique Award at January’s London Short Film Festival. She is active in film education and programming, as one of the cofounders of Girls on Film, a group supporting women’s work in a number of festivals.  Her Desires toured extensively internationally as part of the Best of Women in TV and Film International Showcase.  On Miles Platting Station is also available on the BBC Film network.

To see her list of upcoming screenings and events, go to http://www.katejessopfilms.blogspot.com/

Tin House Reels is a weekly feature on The Open Bar dedicated to the craft of short filmmaking. Curated by Ilana Simons, the series features videos by artists who are forming interesting new relationships between images and words.

We are now accepting submissions for Tin House Reels. Please upload your videos of 15 minutes or less to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link of your work to tinhousereels@gmail.com. You may also send us a file directly.



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  1. […] this for Comma Film (a project of UK publisher Comma Press) in 2007. It’s the most recent video feature at American literary magazine Tin House. Jessop’s On Miles Platting Station is an adaptation of […]

  2. […] Jessop has a lovely mixed-media animated short film on a Simon Armitage poem, ‘On Miles Platting […]

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