Peter Greenaway shorts
Explore the filmmaking journey of one of Britain’s most acclaimed directors.
Before winning widespread renown and recognition with features such as The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), Peter Greenaway enjoyed a long and fascinating apprenticeship working in shortform and nonfiction film for a variety of institutions.
Beginning his career at the Central Office of Information in 1965, Greenway would edit and direct a huge number of magazine-style items, over a fifteen-year period, for longrunning series such as This Week in Britain (Savile Row, Eddie Kidd, Leeds Castle). While honing his craft there, he simultaneously began to produce his own, self-financed shorts, such as Intervals (1973) and Windows (1974), through which he could further explore some of his idiosyncratic obsessions such as landscape, maps, diagrams, grids and systems of classification.
Later, his experimental and ground-breaking techniques would chime with the remit of the BFI's Production Board and the Arts Council, which funded his more complex and ambitious shorts, A Walk Through H and Vertical Features Remake (both 1978), subsequently leading to his first feature under the Production Board, The Falls, in 1980, and his eventual emergence as one of the key figures in British cinema during the '80s and beyond.
A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an OrnithologistA Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist
Animation & Artists Moving Image197842 mins
Peter Greenaway takes us on a mesmerising journey across mysterious fictional terrains.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197617 mins
Peter Greenaway casts the ubiquitous red telephone box in a starring role, supported by a thread of stories and conversations.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19769 mins
A lesson in lexicography, Greenaway's H is For House recounts objects that begin with the letter ‘h’ as seen through the eye of a child.
Government sponsored film198526 mins
Peter Greenaway’s short COI-commissioned documentary explores Britain’s coastline through a series of images of marine life – the animals who live off the sea, the people who work on the sea and the visitors who come for leisure.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197844 mins
A playful parody of avant-garde theorising and an investigation into the work of Greenaway’s best-known fictional character, Tulse Luper.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197811 mins
Influenced somewhat by popular child and adult adventure literature such as The Wind in the Willows and Lord of The Rings, Peter Greenaway's short film is a mythological story about a fictional species associated with water.