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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)


On 28th April 2016 Rich Pickings teamed up with LOCO London Comedy Film Festival to present The Science of Laughter, a film and discussion event which assembled voices from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and comedy performance to discuss the nature of laughter, comedy’s therapeutic and social functions and its physiological effects. A screening of short films was accompanied by a panel discussion with:

  • Prof Sophie Scott: neuroscientist, comedian and Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London, researching the neuroscience of voices, speech, and laughter.
  • Dr. Caspar Addyman: lecturer in psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and specialist in baby laughter.
  • Jamie Wood: acclaimed performer combining fine art, theatre, clown and dance, and ‘Giggle Doctor’ with Theodora Children’s Trust, visiting sick children in hospitals throughout the UK.
  • Nicola Hill: general manager for the MediCinemas at Guys and St.Thomas’ hospitals in London.

The panel was hosted by interviewer and occasional stand-up comic Rachael Castell. We filmed the discussion and you can see a lot of it in the video below. Scroll further down the page to watch some of the films which screened at the event, and to find links for further reading on the science and psychology of humour.

Further reading & viewing


The short film programme that accompanied the discussion demonstrated a diverse range of comedy, from gentle rom-com to surreal humour, satire, mockumentary and gross-out comedy horror. You can watch some of the films below in full and others as trailers.

Kitty, Kitty Romford (Dir. Chris & Ben Blaine, Wr. Cariad Lloyd)

Mr Madila [trailer] (Wr. & Dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley)

Croissant (Dir. Louis Hudson, Wr. Ian Ravenscroft, Louis Hudson)

The Fat and Lean Wrestling Match (Wr. & Dir. Georges Méliès)

Ducks with Engines (Wr. & Dir. Big Red Button)

Coalition Fan Girls (Wr. & Dir. Charlie Dinkin)

Let’s Play Nomad X (Wr. & Dir. Kristian Andrews)

Friend Request Pending [trailer] (Dir. Chris Foggin, Wr: Chris Croucher)

Milk [trailer] (Dir. Ben Mallaby, Wr. Toby Williams, Paul F Taylor)

The Science of Laughter was presented as part of the Rich Pickings ‘Inside Out’ event series, with the support of a Wellcome Trust People Award.


SUPER/NATURE: conversations, deviations, imaginations and hallucinations on the natural world 


We’ve selected the short films for our slot at Scalarama’s Opening Night Film Jam at the Rizty next Saturday. SUPER/NATURE will take you to the edge of the natural world… and beyond.

You’ll never look at a tree in the same way again.

Check out the programme and booking link here.