About The Astburys
Jake & Helena Astbury work as a creative unit, principally concerned with making works of Artist Cinema.
Working both as solo artists and together, Jake Astbury & Helena Astbury have a combined film and video portfolio spanning 28 years.
The Astburys first collaborated on a series of short film pieces, fusing their individual expertise in cinematography and editing. Working fluidly as both a single artistic entity and makers in their own individual rights, The Astburys have screened work in film festivals and exhibitions both in the UK and internationally, festivals at which The Astburys’ works have screened at include Festival Delle Lettre. St Petersburg Festival for Youth, MIX Brasil, London Short Film Festival, Branchage, Edinburgh International Film Festival and The Iris Prize as a shortlisted maker, the largest single prize for a short film in the world. Their work has also been curated into exhibitions such as ‘Something’s Coming to Town’, a mobile container installation in Kent, and Galleri 54 Sweden, curated by Linda Persson. Known for their distinctive use of artistic and cinematic languages, The Astburys work is readable via both art based reference and popular cinema culture.
At the heart of the Astburys’ current work is a dialogue between stills and moving image, conversing with analogue and digital means of production.
The Astburys work sits across the notion of artists working in moving image, as well as distinctive cinematic elements, intending for viewing in the construct of a cinema/auditorium space. Often shooting in cinemascope, The Astburys use the motifs of popular cinema and it’s genres to create hybrids of artistic practice and cinematic codes.