Acclaimed director, Fine Art alumnus and now Honorary Doctor of Arts Michael Cumming is best known for his groundbreaking television comedy work. His screen credits range from the controversial and inspirational Brass Eye series to cult classics Snuff Box & Mark Thomas Product, and primetime programmes with Alistair McGowan and Omid Djalili. Since 2013 Michael has directed all 19 episodes of the multi-award winning sitcom for Channel 4 Toast Of London.
To coincide with Brass Eye celebrating its 20th anniversary, the University invites you to a special evening curated by Michael at the Arena Theatre on Tuesday 21 November 2017.
Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, Michael's film shares insights into the process of making the legendary Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective.
Part documentary, part artwork, the film is designed solely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage. Oxide Ghosts carries the blessing of Chris Morris and provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices.
Students and alumni from the University got the very first glimpse of an extract from the rough cut of the film at a screening given by Michael back in March this year. He now returns with this full length version and will be doing a Q&A after the film – spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag!
Celebrating 20 years since Brass Eye’s transmission in 1997 - perhaps the first example of 'fake news' - this film & Q&A sessions are a must for fans of the series but will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.
Tickets are £10, and you can get hold of them here.