Graeme Cole

Graeme Cole is a filmmaker, writer and artist. Working mainly with Super 8 and other consumer formats, his films take the language of narrative-based genre movies and infect them with an absurdist sensibility. By adjusting the rules of the genre and inventing new ones, Mr Cole evokes a parallel world with an alternative cinema. A world where George Kuchar and Shūji Terayama play the multiplexes. His work celebrates the beautiful folly of humanity by integrating the flaws of our thinking into the structure and aesthetic of each movie. Meta-narratives and open-source laboratory work expand and re-categorize the parameters of Mr Cole’s universe.

Establishing the L’Institute Zoom collective with Mick Sugden and Anselm Burke in 2003, Mr Cole went on to write and direct short and mid-length movies such as Pilot For A 22nd Century Sitcom and It’s Nick’s Birthday, before embarking on his biggest (indeed, infinite) project to date: the (p)reconstruction of the unfound time-travel adventure series UNIVERSAL EAR.

In September 2013, Mr Cole became the first UK filmmaker to participate on the MFA program at Béla Tarr’s film.factory. His first movie under Mr Tarr’s mentorship, Epizoda ?, debuts in November 2016; two more, Murmurs and Panic & Disgust In The 2015th Year, are soon to follow. Mr Cole has since joined his colleagues from the first ever film.factory generation as a member of the Bistrik7 collective.

In the spring of 2016, Mr Cole undertook an artist residency at Kino Klub Split, where he developed and presented the inaugural UPV program parallel to creating a new, as yet untitled video work inspired by the historic Kino Klub culture of the region of the former Yugoslavia. In the spring of 2017, Mr Cole will undertake an EMARE residency at Bandits-Mages, Bourges, France.


Graeme Cole. credit: Kouros Alaghband