Winner of the Royal College of Art Deutsche Bank Award for Art 2010, the collaborative project Unravel created the longest hand-painted 16mm film in Britain, correlating in length (at a ratio of one frame per metre) to the 874-mile distance between John O Groats and Lands End.

The film was produced through a UK-wide programme of open-access, cameraless filmmaking workshops, with 3000+ partcipants, in galleries, museums, film festivals and community venues across the UK. Unravel brought celluloid to new audiences in an accessible and hands-on way, stressing the experimental and tactile nature of collaborative camera-less filmmaking.


Hosts included the National Media Museum (Bradford), BFI Southbank, Tate Britain, The Chisenhale Gallery (London), IKON Gallery (Birmingham), the Whitworth Gallery (Manchester), FACT (Liverpool), Picture This (Bristol) and Turner Contemporary (Margate).

Unravel was also part of Flatpack Festival (Birmingham), Abandon Normal Devices (Manchester), Leeds International Film Festival, Bradford Animation Festival (National Media Museum) and Sheffield DocFest.

The project also toured smaller artists’ spaces such as Nowhere Lab (London), Rogue Studios & Zion Arts (Manchester), Hot Bed Press (Salford), the Museum of Club Culture (Hull) and Corsica Studios (London).


The final film consists of 16 hours of hand-painted footage, accompanied by a complex, multilayered soundtrack, formed from interviews with participants, field recordings and optical sound taken directly from the 16mm filmstrip itself.

The film has been exhibited as an installation at the National Media Museum, IKON (Birmingham), the Chisenhale Gallery (London) and First Site (Colchester).

Find out more at the unravelfilm blogspot site.

Unravel comprised of  Maria Anastassiou, Chris Paul Daniels, Kelvin Brown, Joanna Byrne, and Mark Pickles.