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Eelyn Lee

Eelyn Lee  – Artist in Residency at Metal Southend

During her initial three-week residency, artist-filmmaker Eelyn Lee continues her two-year exploration of collaborative filmmaking through engaging with five sites along the South Essex estuary.

She will be talking to groups of people who have connections to the estuary including the fishing community in Leigh; coast guards at Shoeburyness; houseboat residents in Benfleet; dock workers at Tilbury and residents on Canvey Island to explore stories of fear associated with the river.

These creative conversations mark the continuation of a new body of work begun last year during a 5-day lab at the Barbican Centre. With support from Arts Council England and inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Eelyn led a team of 18 collaborating artists and actors in making a short film exploring the idea of a monster created from fragments of other people’s fears.

Further development will see conversations with local people inform two new moving image works shot on location during a second residency next Spring: one featuring portraits of local people and one featuring actors in a fictionalized re-imagining of stories and place.

All iterations of the two-year exploration will culminate in the making of a long form film in 2016/17.



The first iteration of the two-year project Monster has been selected to premiere at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival [5th – 8th Nov 2015] in York. The film features BAFTA / Palme d’Or winning actress Anamaria Marinca [4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days].