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Cally Trench makes short films, mostly stop motion and animation films made from hundreds of still images.
You can see Cally Trench's films by going to Cally Trench's YouTube channel.
Cally is delighted that composer Josh Hagley has written music specially for some of her films, resulting in work that is exciting for both sight and sound.
See Josh Hagley's website and a page about Josh Hagley on this website.

Doors by
 Cally Trench

Doors
on YouTube (1 min 26 sec)

Doors by
 Cally Trench

Cally Trench
Doors

Doors by
 Cally Trench

Cally Trench
Doors

Doors

Doors (2019) is a short silent animation film by Cally Trench, in which pairs of doors open to reveal what lies behind. Doors was shown in Enshrine (curated by Rekha Sameer) in Fringe Arts Bath 2019, installed in a black wooden cabinet. Gold text painted on the top of the cabinet invited visitors to: Please kneel down and look inside. Doors was also shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019.

Triptychs by
 Cally Trench

Triptychs
on YouTube (49 sec)

Nick in Conversation by
 Cally Trench

Nick in Conversation
on YouTube (46 sec)

Triptychs

Triptychs (2018) is a short silent film by Cally Trench made up of drawings in charcoal, ink and pastel of her face in a mirror, creating a series of triptychs. Triptychs was shown in Siblings Cannot Agree, an exhibition by Cally Trench and Nick Trench at the Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney in September 2018, and shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019.

Nick in Conversation

Nick in Conversation is a short silent film by Cally Trench (2018), in which photographs she took of her brother, artist Nick Trench, appear as a series of diptychs. Nick in Conversation was shown in Siblings Cannot Agree, an exhibition by Cally Trench and Nick Trench at the Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney in September 2018, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019.

Inaudible Screaming by
 Cally Trench

Inaudible Screaming
on YouTube (1 min 4 sec)

Inaudible Screaming poster by
 Cally Trench

Cally Trench
Inaudible Screaming poster

Inaudible Screaming

Inaudible Screaming (2018) is a short silent film by Cally Trench of people screaming. Thank you to all the participants, who were photographed by Cally on 21st and 22nd July 2018 during Enshrine (curated by Rekha Sameer) at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London. Inaudible Screaming was shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019.
Looks really good, it's fun and cool! (Olympia Polymeni)
... it's brilliant! Thanks also for having asked me to scream, it was fun! (Junko Rathmell)
That's fantastic Cally. What an original idea! (Peter Elston)

Screaming Goddess by
 Cally Trench

Screaming Goddess
on YouTube (32 sec)

Screaming Goddess by
 Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Screaming Goddess
in a Kitchen Bin
(2018)

Screaming Goddess

Screaming Goddess (2018) is a short silent animation film by Cally Trench, with an ink and charcoal drawing as its starting point. Screaming Goddess was first shown, installed in a velvet-lined pink kitchen bin, in Enshrine (curated by Rekha Sameer) at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, 21-22 July 2018. Screaming Goddess was also shown in Siblings Cannot Agree, an exhibition by Cally Trench and Nick Trench at the Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney in September 2018, shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019.
Loved this at Enshrine. Strange how it was silent and deafening at the same time. (Steve Perfect)

White Gloves by
 Cally Trench and Philip Lee

White Gloves
on YouTube (31 sec)

Golden Philip by
 Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Golden Philip
on Vimeo (37 sec)

White Gloves

White Gloves (2018) is a short silent film by Cally Trench and Philip Lee. White Gloves was made to be shown in Enshrine (curated by Rekha Sameer) at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, 21-22 July 2018, following a live performance, Golden Philip, by Philip Lee and Cally Trench.

Golden Philip

Golden Philip (2018) is a short silent film by Cally Trench. It shows a performance devised by Philip Lee and performed by Philip Lee and Cally Trench during Enshrine (curated by Rekha Sameer) at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London on Saturday 21 July 2018. Photographed by Sameer Jalundhwala.

Horizontal Lines by
 Cally Trench

Horizontal Lines
on YouTube (26 sec)

Circles by
 Cally Trench

Circles
on YouTube (32 sec)

Horizontal Lines

Horizontal Lines (2018) is a very short silent film by Cally Trench made up of altered photographs that flash past. Horizontal Lines was screened at the Only The Sunny Hours Film Show at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 23rd June 2018, shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019.

Circles

Circles (2018) is a very short silent film by Cally Trench made up of over 200 altered photographs by the artist of circular objects - signs, plates, clock faces, etc. Like Horizontal Lines, Circles is an experience. Circles was screened at the Only The Sunny Hours Film Show at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 23rd June 2018, shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019. An earlier version of Circles was screened at the Film Night on 10th November 2017 during Lost & Found (curated by Mervyn Diese) at the Hundred Years Gallery, London.

Cover by
 Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Cover
on YouTube (27 sec)

A follower of holy and godly matrons by Cally Trench

A follower of holy and godly matrons
on YouTube (36 sec)

Cover

Cover (2017) is a short silent stop-motion film by Cally Trench and Philip Lee in which clay overwhelms the naked head and shoulders of an older man. Every photograph becomes a cover of the one that went before, in an unending series of coverings and uncoverings. The man is performance artist Philip Lee, who devised the performance. The clay was applied by Gerry Williams. The photographs were taken by Cally Trench. Cover was screened at the Only The Sunny Hours Film Show at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 23rd June 2018. This work has also been presented in the form of a flipbook by Philip Lee as part of AMBruno's Cover project.

A follower of holy and godly matrons

In A follower of holy and godly matrons (2018) by Cally Trench, a short silent stop-motion film, the artist appears and disappears while wearing a series of bridal veils, reflecting on the way that veils both conceal and draw attention to the bride at a wedding. The title of the film comes from a sentence in the form of wedding service used on the occasions when the artist was a bridesmaid for her older cousin and sister-in-law ... that this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband; and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons (The Book of Common Prayer). The photographs also exist in the form of an artist's book, made as part of the AMBruno Cover project. In the book, nine tipped-in glossy photographs are concealed/protected by translucent paper, and accompanied by detailed technical descriptions of each veil. A follower of godly and holy matrons was shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019.

Undressing Nationality by
 Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Undressing Nationality
on Vimeo (48 sec)

Feet at Hundred Years Gallery by
 Cally Trench

Feet at Hundred Years Gallery
on YouTube (2 min 25 sec)

Undressing Nationality

Undressing Nationality (2017) is a short silent stop-motion film, devised by Philip Lee and Cally Trench, performed by Philip Lee, and photographed and edited by Cally Trench. The last few seconds feature Philip Lee's bare body, representing a human being without nationality. Undressing Nationality was shown in PASSport Britannia at Safehouse 1, London (curated by Rekha Sameer) on 30th July 2017, screened at the Only The Sunny Hours Film Show at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 23rd June 2018, and screened at Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading on 20th September 2019.

Feet at Hundred Years Gallery

Feet at Hundred Years Gallery (2017) is a short silent animation film by Cally Trench in which drawings made by Cally of fifteen pairs of feet (belonging mostly to other artists) are animated. The drawings were all made at Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton, London, during Lost & Found, an exhibition curated by Mervyn Diese. Thank you to the owners of the feet, who have chosen to be identified in different ways - by first name, full name, or an alias.

Windmills by
 Cally Trench

Windmills
on YouTube (57 sec)

Incognito by
 Cally Trench

Incognito
on YouTube (1 min 52 sec)

Moustache Passport Photos poster by
 Cally Trench

Moustache Passport Photos
poster by Cally Trench

Windmills

Windmills (2017) is a short animation film by Cally Trench based on her linocut print Memory, with music specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley. The film recollects both seaside holidays and the toy windmills placed on children's graves. Windmills was shown in The Art of Dying at Wycombe Museum, November 2017 to April 2018.

Incognito

Incognito (2017) by Cally Trench shows twenty-eight people wearing their choice of party moustache. Some have also chosen pseudonyms to further confuse their identity. The Moustache Passport Photos were taken by Cally during PASSport Britannia at Safehouse 1, London (curated by Rekha Sameer) on 30th July 2017. Thank you to all the participants. Incognito was screened at the Film Night on 10th November 2017 during Lost & Found (curated by Mervyn Diese) at the Hundred Years Gallery, London.

Feet by
 Cally Trench

Feet
on YouTube (44 sec)

Roses Hat by Cally Trench

Roses Hat
on Youtube (20 sec)

Feet

Feet (2017) is a short silent film by Cally Trench made up of 239 drawings that she made of her feet, which appear to wriggle and fidget, sometimes socked, sometimes naked, and sometimes with one sock on and one sock off. Feet was shown in Draw/Bridge, Zug/Brücke (curated by Alex Dewart) at ARTHOUSE1, London in 2017, and was screened at Soundstripes at The Making Space, Huddersfield (silent film screening with live scoring) on 12th October 2017. The film was also shown in Lost & Found (curated by Mervyn Diese) at the Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton, London in November 2017, shown in Siblings Cannot Agree, an exhibition by Cally Trench and Nick Trench at the Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney, in September 2018, and shown in Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso: Original Board and Card Games at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading on 7th September 2019.

Roses Hat

Roses Hat (2016) by Cally Trench is made up of photographs taken on a 1950s Kodak Brownie 127 camera using black-and-white film, with the hat coloured by hand digitally. The music was specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2017. Roses Hat was screened at Videovada 2017, Festival of the Moving Image, OVADA, Oxford on 15th June 2017, screened at the Film Night on 10th November 2017 during Lost & Found (curated by Mervyn Diese) at the Hundred Years Gallery, London, and shown in Only The Sunny Hours in June 2018 at OHOS, Brock Keep, Reading.

Words you 
could say instead of CHEESE by Cally Trench

Words you could say instead of CHEESE
on Youtube (1 min 30 sec)

Peephole Hut by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Peephole Hut on Youtube
(4 min 20 sec) Still photo: Lydia Julien

Words you could say instead of CHEESE

Words you could say instead of CHEESE by Cally Trench: Taking photographs and being photographed with a 1950s Kodak Brownie 127 film camera, with the need to pause and pose, means that the occasion is a memorable single moment. We still conventionally say 'cheese' as we pose, but, as we increasingly take unposed snaps with our digital cameras, the need for a single perfect grin is removed. For Words you could say instead of CHEESE, Cally Trench invited people to try out other words, with different vowel sounds, as she photographed them with a 1950s Brownie 127 camera. Words you could say instead of CHEESE was screened at Videovada 2017, Festival of the Moving Image, OVADA, Oxford on 15th June 2017, screened at the Candid Projection Room, London on 19th September 2017, screened at the Film Night on 10th November 2017 during Lost & Found (curated by Mervyn Diese) at the Hundred Years Gallery, London, and shown in Only The Sunny Hours at OpenHandOpenspace, Reading in June 2018.
What lovely results for a great idea - a slightly odd thing to do for a (now) slightly idiosyncratic camera. (John McDowall, 2016)
Great film! Giggled throughout! (Steve Perfect, 2016)

Peephole Hut

Peephole Hut : Cally Trench and Philip Lee performed Peephole Hut on 17th November 2016 in Visions in the Nunnery, curated by Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland, at Bow Arts, London. Cally Trench and Philip Lee presented a black hut, which both hid and revealed the performers as they played and competed with each other within their golden lair. The film, which Cally Trench speeded up and edited, is fast-moving and jerky in the manner of old silent movies, with music written specially for the film in 2016 by composer Josh Hagley. The film of Peephole Hut was shown in Live Art Cinema: It's Alive!, organised by Homes for Waifs and Strays and the Magic Cinema, at The Edge, Birmingham on 25th May 2017, screened at the Candid Projection Room, London on 19th September 2017, and screened at the Only The Sunny Hours Film Show on 23rd June 2018 at OpenHandOpenSpace, Reading.

Hand by
 Cally Trench

Hand
on YouTube (18 sec)

Pink House by
 Cally Trench

Pink House
on YouTube (42 sec)

Hand

Hand (2016) is a short animation film by Cally Trench made up of drawings that she made of her left hand, which appears to drum on a surface or maybe play invisible musical instruments. The music was specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016. Hand was shown in Draw/Bridge, Zug/Brücke (curated by Alex Dewart) at ARTHOUSE1, London in 2017, and screened at the Film Night on 10th November 2017 during Lost & Found (curated by Mervyn Diese) at the Hundred Years Gallery, London.

Pink House

Pink House (2016) is a short animation film by Cally Trench based on one of her linocut prints. The music for Pink House was specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016. Pink House was screened at Videovada 2017, Festival of the Moving Image, OVADA, Oxford on 15th June 2017, and screened at the Candid Projection Room, London on 19th September 2017.
Love the videos with the music. Work well together, enhance each other to make one fuller, more complex whole. (Sophie Loss, 2017)

Ice Lollies by
 Cally Trench

Ice Lollies
on YouTube (16 sec)

Sphinx by Cally Trench

Sphinx
on YouTube (25 sec)

Ice Lollies

Ice Lollies (2015) is a short silent animation film by Cally Trench based on one of her linocut prints. Ice Lollies was screened at Soundstripes at The Making Space, Huddersfield (silent film screening with live scoring) on 12th October 2017.

Sphinx

Sphinx (2015) is another animation film by Cally Trench based on one of her linocut prints. The music for Sphinx was specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016.
Your videos are great and very funny. I love the fact you take linocut prints to this level of almost seeing them being made. (Valérie Mary, 2015)
Cemetery Botany by Cally Trench

Cemetery Botany
on YouTube (2 min 21 sec)
A Walk in the Cemetery by Cally Trench

A Walk in the Cemetery
on YouTube (54 sec)

Cemetery Botany

In Cemetery Botany (2014) by Cally Trench, photographs of stone carvings of flowers on Victorian and Edwardian graves are animated. The music was specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016. An earlier silent version of Cemetery Botany was screened at Videovada 2016 Festival of the Moving Image at OVADA, Oxford, on 24th June 2016. The scored version was screened at the Candid Projection Room, London on 19th September 2017, and shown in The Art of Dying at Wycombe Museum, November 2017 to April 2018.
I love the Cemetery Botany one, the opposition between life and death... It's just great. (Valérie Mary, 2015)
Cemetery Botany - simple but beautiful. (Diana Bell, 2015)
Mmmmm... interesting, they instantly have the Cally Trench playful pop art manner about them. There is the feeling of passage of time, change, aging and the essence of revitalisation. Cemeteries are amazing places, markers of past lives. There is something satisfying and worthwhile about freshly retracing directly over the old. I like colouring in, not enough importance is placed on the process. I really like it when you colour in the leaves and the different ways you colour them. Lurid colours over mouldy stone is quite funny really; of course to an artist/historian it reads as a playful nod to the original coloured intentions of ancient sculpture, the digital application really highlights the colouring process well I think. (Guy Tarrant, 2015)
J'aime beaucoup cette video. Simple, explicite et l'idée me plait. Les tombes sont toujours très mornes et cela fait du bien de voir ce qu'ils imaginaient en les faisant c'était finalement bien plus gai que le résultat bien trop sage. (Kaliko, 2015)

A Walk in the Cemetery

A Walk in the Cemetery (2010/2015) by Cally Trench, with music written specially for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2017, shows a lanky Chaplinesque young man, dressed in a black suit, white shirt and black bow tie and carrying a black furled umbrella, walking along a tree-lined path in a cemetery - suggestive of the final scene in Carol Reed's 1949 film The Third Man. A Walk in the Cemetery was shown in The Art of Dying at Wycombe Museum, November 2017 to April 2018.

Window by Cally Trench

Window
on YouTube (33 sec)

Banquet by Cally Trench

Banquet
on YouTube (1 min 26 sec)

Window

Window (2014) by Cally Trench is a short silent animation film based on one of her linocut prints.

Banquet

Banquet (2013) is a silent time-lapse film by Cally Trench showing a sociable meal shared by artists and guests at the private view of Do you remember it - or weren't you there? on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at London Gallery West, University of Westminster (Harrow Campus). In the film, four hours is compressed into one and a half minutes. The Banquet was created by Cally Trench with help from Lorraine Pepper, Hepzibah Hill and Philip Lee, and contributions from the artists. Do you remember it - or weren't you there? was supported by the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster.

Flashes by Cally Trench

Flashes
on vimeo (30 sec)

Exercise Slip Silent Movie by Cally Trench

Exercise Slip Silent Movie
on vimeo (2 min 1 sec)

Flashes

Flashes (2012) by Cally Trench: People like taking photographs of live performances, and these 'snapshots' from video footage of a performance by Philip Lee and Cally Trench show the bits that people found interesting enough to take a flash photograph of. When editing footage of a live performance, the flashes might often be edited out. In this film they are all edited in. The performance itself was Double Helix, devised and performed by Philip Lee and Cally Trench at The Rubik's Cube, The Joiners Arms, Hackney, London, on 29th January 2012. The Rubik's Cube was curated by Iceberg Fernandez.

Exercise Slip Silent Movie

Exercise Slip Silent Movie (2012) is a silent film by Cally Trench, made up of photographs of performance artist Philip Lee attempting to complete a set of 5BX exercises while naked and entirely covered in clay slip - a homage to fitness in the year that the Olympics came to London. The jerky movements and almost entirely black and white palette are reminiscent of early cinema - both Muybridge and Buster Keaton. Exercise Slip Silent Movie was shown in At Play 2012 at OVADA, Oxford, in Hoopla! at the Sugarhouse Studios, London in 2012, in Do you remember it - or weren't you there? at London Gallery West in 2013, and in the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent in 2013.
Skin and Slip Silent Movie by Cally Trench

Cally Trench
Skin and Slip Silent Movie
on vimeo
(58 sec)
Somersaults by Cally Trench, Judy Goldhill and Philip Lee

Cally Trench, Judy
Goldhill and Philip Lee
Somersaults
on vimeo (35 sec)
The Camouflage Flipbook Movie by Cally Trench, Judy Goldhill and Philip Lee

Cally Trench, Judy
Goldhill and Philip Lee
The Camouflage Flipbook Movie
on vimeo (21 sec)

Skin and Slip

In Skin and Slip (2012) by Cally Trench, the naked surface of a man's head and shoulders are distorted by viscous clay slip, creating a new surface, which is then partially washed away: a metamorphosis referencing aging and bodily mutability. This is a time-lapse film of a performance for camera devised by Philip Lee and Cally Trench, and performed by Philip Lee.

Somersaults

Somersaults (2011) contains is a short silent stop-motion film featuring nudity, with performance artist Philip Lee, who was painted in stripes by Cally Trench, and photographed by Judy Goldhill. The film was edited by Cally Trench.

The Camouflage Flipbook Movie

The Camouflage Flipbook Movie (2011) is a short silent stop-motion film featuring nudity. The performance artist Philip Lee rotates as stripes of paint descend his body. A film by Cally Trench, Judy Goldhill and Philip Lee. A 101-second version of The Camouflage Flipbook Silent Movie was screened at Project 101 Video Installation at The LAB Gallery, New York (an AMBruno project curated by Sophie Loss) in November 2011.
The Horse's Mouth by Cally Trench

The Horse's Mouth
on YouTube (27 sec)
Unwrapping by Cally Trench

Unwrapping
on YouTube (31 sec)

The Horse's Mouth

The Horse's Mouth (2011) is a short animation film by Cally Trench, created from a series of drawings and collages made on paper and in some cases altered on computer. The music was specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016.

Unwrapping

Unwrapping (2011) is a short silent stop-motion film by Cally Trench of a parcel being unwrapped. The parcel was exhibited in Parcel Fever at the Keep, Reading (curated by Ingrid Jensen), 14th-15th October 2011 as part of Reading's Nuit Blanche. The object in the wrapping was made by Cally Trench, and it was wrapped in collaboration with Philip Lee.

Face by Cally Trench

Face
on YouTube (1 min 3 sec)
Chess Wars by Cally Trench

Chess Wars
on YouTube (58 sec)

Face

Face (2010) by Cally Trench focuses on one man's face. He starts by blinking and smiling, like a simple computer animation, but his choreographed expressions become more and more extravagant and extraordinary, before reverting back to blinking and smiling. Composer Josh Hagley wrote music specially for Face in 2017. The earlier silent version of Face was screened at Project 101 Video Installation, The LAB Gallery, New York (an AMBruno project curated by Sophie Loss) in November 2011. The scored version of Face was shown in Faces by Cally Trench at Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury from 15th July to 9th September 2017, screened at the Candid Projection Room, London on 19th September 2017, and screened at the Film Night on 10th November 2017 during Lost & Found (curated by Mervyn Diese) at the Hundred Years Gallery, London.

Chess Wars

In Chess Wars (2010) by Cally Trench, a short stop-motion film, the board becomes a playground for chess gymnastics and a battle ground between chess and draughts pieces. The music was specially written for the film by composer Josh Hagley in 2016. The earlier silent version of Chess Wars was shown in At Play 3 at South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated by Outi Remes and Cally Trench) in 2011, and screened at Project 101 Video Installation, The LAB Gallery, New York (an AMBruno project curated by Sophie Loss). The scored version was screened at the Candid Projection Room, London on 19th September 2017.

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