The Art of Change Shorts: Law & the Arts / Ivor Braka & The Gunton Arms by Kate Cox

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Director Kate Cox pays a visit to The Gunton Arms to meet art collector Ivor Braka to discuss censorship and collecting and displaying controversial artworks. 

My aim as a director is to unearth stories that represent the under-represented and deal sensitively with home truths

How does your film respond to this month’s theme – Law and the Arts?

Ivor Braka is very outspoken about the art works he chooses to display in his rural pub The Gunton Arms, even down to the way he has arranged them throughout the pub, the art speaks for itself and its voice is emphasised by the location and the public’s accessibility to it. 

Can you explain the process behind the making of your film?

We put the idea to Ivor and luckily he was receptive to it, he invited me and the producer over for coffee and this ended with us putting a date in the diary for the shoot. Filming in a public space always involves some flexibility and a run and gun approach, we shot as much as we could on the day and carved the story out in the edit. I always knew I wanted it to be as much a portrait of Ivor as the artworks he has experienced controversy with.

I think we all hope we can make some change or impact through our art, no matter how small.

Do you think art really can be a vehicle for change?

Absolutely, it’s the reason I am making films! I think we all hope we can make some change or impact through our art, no matter how small.

About Kate Cox

Kate is a director and writer originally from Yorkshire but now calls London her home. Her aim as a director is to unearth stories that represent the under-represented and deal sensitively with home truths. She has a passion for topics relating to gender and her conceptual film ‘Unboxing’ (2017), commissioned by NOWNESS, was shown at San Francisco Dance Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018. She has created films commissioned by Dita Eyewear, Channel 4, Vogue China and a series on Sustainable Fashion for the British Council x Fashion Revolution. She is currently in pre-production for her first dramatic short which is a trans coming-out story and will shoot in December 2018.
 

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