AV Festival 06 presented the world premiere of a newly commissioned film by Richard Fenwick. What I Know About Stem Cells explores what is really being said about stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research raises passions, hopes, fears and fascinations. On the cutting edge of science and ethics, it offers the promise of treatments for many degenerative diseases, but prompts anxieties about the status of the embryo and the prospect of reproductive cloning. Richard Fenwick has been working with the Centre for Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the University of Newcastle on the production of this unique short film work, that explores the issues, motivations and science behind embryonic stem cell research. The film unearths the facts, introduces the debate, frames the information and presents it to the general public in a new way.
The film premiere was followed by a panel discussion about stem cell research, including Dr Tom Shakespeare and colleagues from the University of Newcastle.
Richard Fenwick is an award winning filmmaker based in Newcastle upon Tyne. With a background in motion graphics, he began directing in 2000, with an extensive career making music videos and work for commercial brands including Sony, Motorola, MTV and Playstation. Alongside his commercial work, he began writing and directing short films in 2004, making work that is characterised by its bold, imaginative and eclectic style. His short films have screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, including Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh, Sydney and Los Angeles, and broadcast with MTV, BBC3, Sky Movies and Filmfour.
Commissioned by AV Festival 06. Supported by The Wellcome Trust. World Premiere.