Jake Astbury Bio
Jake trained at Central St Martins College of Art & Design specialising in Experimental Film and Video, graduating in 1996. I also hold an MA with Distinction in Art Practice from Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Jake's creative practice spans over 28 years, within which time he has worked both as an industry professional and a practicing artist.
Jake's work has been broadcast and exhibited in festivals and galleries in the UK and internationally, including: Channel Four Television; The Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, New York; The Curzon, Mayfair, London; Edinburgh International Film Festival; Shortwave Cinema, London: Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford.
As a filmmaker, Jake has often occupied a unique space as a key collaborator with other artists working in moving image, such as Linda Persson and Noor Afsham Mirza & Brad Butler. In 2016 Jake was awarded the David Tinker Prize by Contemporary Arts Society Wales for my fine art screenplay proposal. In early 2019 Jake completed a artist residency for DAR in Oxford. In the last twelve months Jake has completed three 20 minute experimental narrative films which are part of a series titled 'This City is an Illusion' based on the city of London.
As a filmmaker Jake utilises all types of formats across photographic, video and motion picture film formats including: Medium format, Polaroid, 8mm, Super-8, 16mm, Super-16, 35mm, Hi8, DV, HD and 4K. Jake also engages across a number aspect ratios including 1:1, 4:3, 16:9 and 2:40:1 (using an Anamorphic Lens) to further explore the cinematographic image.
Jake's intertexual practice uses a number of personas through film, photography and writing with an emphasis on cinematographic moving image as a conduit to explore truth, belief and the media narratives that thread everything together, that lead us astray.