160 Characters


Author: Victoria Mapplebeck | Duration: 11:07min

When a vintage Nokia is recharged, a compelling real life story is revealed. A story that unfolds in just 100 texts and tells the story of how two people, meet, date, break up and deal with an unplanned pregnancy. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, 160 Characters uncovers the secrets and stories, buried in our mobiles both old and new.

About Victoria Mapplebeck

Victoria is an award winning artist and film director. She created Channel 4’s first interactive documentary series, Smart Hearts, in which web cams streamed from the subjects homes for over 18 months. Smart Hearts was nominated for a New Media Indie Award.

Victoria’s recent Film London short, 160 Characters lifts the lid on the stories and secrets buried in a vintage Nokia. This smartphone short was shot entirely on an Iphone 6 and was recently nominated for the Innovation category of the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Awards. 160 Characters was officially selected for the 2015 BFI London Film Festival and will be showcased in a six week exhibition of Victoria’s work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. It launched on Short of the Week in November 2016. Victoria is currently developing DATA RECOVERY a feature version of this short film. DATA RECOVERY is a smartphone feature documentary which will be serialized for mobiles and embedded within TEXT ME , an award winning interactive multiplatform arts project produced in partnership with BALTIC.

In 2015, TEXT ME won The Pixel Lab, which ‘Supports the film and media industries in their transition to a digital age, specialising in new ways to engage with audiences across multiple platforms’. It also won The Merging Media Prize for Best European Cross platform Project, at Power to the Pixel and was featured in Wired magazine.

Victoria is interviewed regularly for BBC and Sky news on developments in mobile media. She has also had features published in The Guardian, The Observer, Dox magazine, The Huffington Post and The Conversation. Victoria is the Programme Director of the MA in Documentary by Practice Royal Holloway, University of London. and has guest lectured at The London Film School, The Banff New Media Institute, Goldsmiths and The Royal College of Art.

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