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The Internet & Me at Cork Film Festival

In November 2016 Rich Pickings presented The Internet & Me, a short film programme and panel discussion at Cork Film Festival.

Speakers included: Dr. Jurek Kirakowski, a psychologist specialising in human-computer interaction; Adam Butcher, an award-winning writer/director; Carla MacKinnon, curator of the short film programme and James Mullighan, Director of Cork Film Festival.

The short films screened were a diverse mix of live action and animation, fiction and documentary. The panel discussion allowed filmmaker Adam Butcher to give further insight into the two films he had in the programme and the challenges of representing the digital space in an an engaging and authentic way on film. There was also a broader discussion about the impact of the internet on human psychology.

You can watch some of the discussion and some of the films in the videos below. You can also read a blog post about some of the films by the event curator here.

Films screened included:

A Date With An Enfield (Dir. Adam Butcher) 

Guy 101 (Dir. Ian W. Gouldstone)

Avatar Days (Dir. Gavin Kelly, Piranha Entertainment) 

Bradley Manning Had Secrets (Dir. Adam Butcher)

Everyone Is Waiting for Something to Happen (Dir. Emma Calder)

Noah (Dir. Patrick Cederberg & Walter Woodman)

Upcoming event: The Internet & Me

Presented in partnership with Cork Film Festival, Sunday November 13th, 1pm, Triskel Christchurch, Cork

In the last ten years, our lives have been increasingly lived online. We look to the Internet to support our social interactions, romantic adventures, professional identities, financial affairs, entertainment and commerce needs and a million other aspects of our day to day life.

Through a compelling programme of short film and discussion, this event looks at the wonder and horror of the ubiquitous Internet and the impact it is having on us personally and collectively. In the films we follow characters who are searching – for love, connection, sex, truth, escape – in the digital world. Some find fulfilment, others are left frustrated or worse. From the heart-stopping to the heartwarming, these films will stay in your mind and lead you to pause for thought next time you log on.


Dr. Jurek Kirakowski is the retired Statutory Lecturer in Applied Psychology at University College Cork. His main area of research is human-computer interaction – the study of the relationship between humans and the IT tools we create.
See his personal bio at uxp.ie/people/jzk

Adam Butcher is an award-winning writer/director, exploring a variety of unique visual and storytelling styles. His short films have played at festivals across the globe, most recently his short The Prevailing Winds premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. He is  developing a feature film based on his viral short Internet Story.

Carla MacKinnon is director of Rich Pickings, curator of the short film programme and a lecturer and PhD candidate in Animation.

The panel will be hosted by James Mullighan, Director of Cork Film Festival.


Bradley Manning Had Secrets (Dir. Adam Butcher)

The story of Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley), not as a Wikileaks ‘hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis-of-conscience and a crisis-of-gender-identity. Animated in a rotoscoped pixel-art style and using dialogue from Chelsea’s online conversations, the film explores issues of personal and political secrets, digital identity and alienation.

Everyone Is Waiting for Something to Happen (Dir. Emma Calder)


Prior to being diagnosed with bowel cancer Richard Wright, an artist/animator, had a social media persona that was characterised by annoying and anarchic humour. After initially feeling unable to communicate at all, his healing process became entwined with the resurrection of his social media presence, helped by an obsessive regime of baking.

Avatar Days (Dir. Gavin Kelly, Piranha Entertainment) 

Players of Online Roleplaying Games reflect on their relationship with an intoxicating virtual world while going about their daily lives. In a surreal twist we encounter their ingame characters, inhabiting a banal urban landscape and providing a provocative visual backdrop to the unfolding thoughts of our virtual heroes.

Noah (Dir. Patrick Cederberg & Walter Woodman)

Told completely on a teen’s computer screen, Noah finds out the difference between a like and a love.

A Date With An Enfield (Dir. Adam Butcher) 

A short, personal animation exploring nostalgia and place in the digital age. Every frame of the film has been hand drawn, creating a space where love, myth and Google Maps can intertwine.

Guy 101 (Dir. Ian W. Gouldstone)guy101
A man hears a story about a hitchhiker from the other side of the internet.