Fine artist Barnaby Barford has directed a unique film based on his highly acclaimed ceramic figurines for Animate Projects to be broadcast on Channel 4 on 17th September.
Damaged Goods is a classic boy meets girl tale -- but one with shattering consequences. On the cluttered floor of a bric-a-brac shop a poor, down-at-heel boy looks up to the top shelf to see a beautiful girl in tears amongst the crystal and silver. Played out by ceramic figurines and accompanied by an original composed score, the story follows the boy’s attempt to rescue the girl – and the tragedy that inevitably occurs when high culture falls for low.
This touching film was commissioned by Animate Projects who develop initiatives that explore the relationship between art and animation and the place of animation in contemporary art practice. It was produced through Nexus Productions.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2002 he has exhibited his work internationally, with shows in London, Miami and Japan as well as across Europe. Barford chooses to work primarily with found, mass-produced ceramic figurines and objects. He was awarded Wallpaper* Young Designer of the Year 2004. This film marks Barnaby’s first foray into directing but was a natural step for an artist whose fine art pieces are narrative laden.
Barnaby added; “Having now made my first film and gone through the whole process, I can reflect on what a real joy it has been. The possibilities to develop all aspects of filmmaking offer many avenues that I have previously not engaged with. The whole team I have worked with on this project have been fantastic and have really given me the confidence and support that has enabled me to realise my vision for this film.”