From Rectangle to Circle
Presenter: Shelley Barry
Shelley Barry reflects on her creative practice as a filmmaker and the process of making her first virtual reality experience, HERE. Premiering at Creativate, “HERE”, is a combination of performances, film, animation and virtual reality creating a platform to reimagine Johannesburg as an inclusive stage for a fantastical happening. Shelley is the founder and director of twospinningwheels, a production company that aims to explore new languages in cinema and marginalised voices having access to the craft of filmmaking. She often shoots her own films, exploring the aesthetics of cinematography from the perspective of a wheelchair user. Shelley is a multi- award- winning filmmaker. In 2018 she was awarded a SAFTA for her contribution to the film industry as a person with a disability as well as best film awards at international festivals in NYC, Canada, Moscow, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New Jersey for her first film, an experimental documentary titled Whole- A Trinity of Being. Shelley is currently based at The University of Johannesburg where she teaches film.