Philip Ilson is the film programmer for Third Rail. Philip is Artistic Director for the London Short Film Festival, which The Guardian Guide called "The best short film festival in the world.” he is also the Short Film Programmer for London’s BFI along side other multi media and film festivals both nationally and internationally.
Features of his programming for Third Rail 2014 include
London Short Film Festival award nominees
A selection of the best shorts of the 2014 London Short Film Festival, mixing drama, comedy and animation. Highlights include the Warp film produced NO KADISH IN CARMARTHEN (directed by Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong), Ben Whishaw [Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, Perfume] in BEAT, new work from Rankin Films, and up & coming Brit actress Eloise Symth [Ill Manors]
THE PUNK SINGER (Sini Anderson, US 2013, 82 min)
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and outspoken feminist of the Riot Grrrrl movement. The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
"A concise look at Hanna as a larger-than-life force and her more up-close, human travails." Los Angeles Times
"Anderson does an exceptional job contextualizing Hanna's role in the riot grrrl movement" Pitchfork
OUR HOBBY IS DEPECHE MODE (Jeremy Dellar / Nicholas Abrahams, UK 2008, 72 min)
In Russia, May 9 is Victory Day, a national holiday. It’s also the birthday of Dave Gahan, lead singer with Depeche Mode, and a group of Muscovite fans have declared it Dave Day, gathering together to celebrate the group with homemade banners, mass sing-alongs and club nights.
Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and filmmaker Nicholas Abrahams tell these and other stories of faith and devotion from around the world in this fascinating and inspired documentary about fandom, which is at turns bizarre, funny, sad and often touching.
"Depeche Mode ought to reach out and touch British filmmakers Nick Abrahams and Jeremy Deller for making the most loving and life-affirming documentary about their fans" LA Weekly
SOUND IT OUT (Jeannie Finlay, UK 2011, 75 min)
Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.
SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England.
High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.
“Hilarious and incredibly heartwarming…” NME
“A song of love, sadness and mortality…” The Observer
Ghost Box Records video retrospective (45 min)
Ghost Box is a record label founded in 2004 that unites a small roster of creative talent with a common visual and sonic aesthetic.
Ghost Box will be screening two film pieces with music and sound by various Ghost Box artists in collaboration with the group Broadcast, these are bookended by a collection short idents, animations and music promos.
"a soundtrack to dreamlike childhood summers and an imagined government guide to the cycles of the seasons" Mojo