PAINTWORK – Augmented Reality, Art, Alienation and Corporate Culture,Twisted in Bristol Fashion


From the pen of BSFA-shortlisted writer, Tim Maughan, comes PAINTWORK: a short film based on his original short story, produced in association with Arc Magazine.

Set in near-future Bristol – the city that brought us Banksy (in the near-past) – it follows augmented reality graffiti artist 3Cube as she illegally transforms an advertising billboard into a work of high-tech street art. The film focuses on the relationships between technology, advertising and the control of public spaces.


The creators claim that Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée was a major influence and Paintwork similarly uses still black and white photography to tell the story. For this, the talents of photographer, Laurie Eagle, were employed as well as Alan Tabrett’s skills in computer animation. Audio is provided by two stalwarts of the Bristol music scene in the form of narration by MC Koast and an exclusive soundtrack from influential dubstep producer Forsaken. Based on the title short story from Maughan’s critically acclaimed collection, Paintwork was premiered in an early form in February as part of the arts festival Sonic Acts in Amsterdam.

Paintwork6With this film, Maughan’s story is itself augmented, offering us a distinct taste of city noir; the urban grimness juxtaposed with the crispness of monochrome imagery, rooting this futuristic tale in the uncannily familiar.

But don’t just take my word for it. The film is available to watch right here.


Arc Magazine is a digital quarterly imprint from New Scientist, featuring fact, fiction and opinion concerning the future.

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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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