Private Project

All roads lead to Road

A film portrait of Maureen and Ian, the director’s own parents, is shown in parallel with a notorious 19th century child murder investigation to which they have been linked by a number of curious coincidences throughout their lives.

  • Simon Welch
    Tamarins, Capsule, Domain and Range
  • Simon Welch
    Tamarins, Capsule, Domain and Range
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Simon Welch

British national based in France since 1994.

PhD in Arts, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France, 2005.
DEA post-graduate pre-doctoral diploma in Arts, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, 1998.
MA in Arts, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, 1998.
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool Polytechnic, UK, 1988.
Foundation diploma in art and design, WSCAD, Farnham, UK, 1985.

Production grant, French Ministry of Culture, 2010.

International Wine Film Festival, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, December 2020.
NewMediafest 2020, WOW2, Torrance Art Museum, Cinema B, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, USA, 25-31 July 2020.
NewMediafest 2020, WOW2, Stützpunkt Teufelsberg, Berlin, 16 July, 2020.
Roman-Susan Gallery solo screening at Wedge Projects, Chicago, USA, 9-15 September 2019.
Project/Poetry is broken, film screening by BISTRIK7 at Station House, Durham, UK, 24 July 2019.
The Chaffey Review Film Festival, Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA, 18 May, 2019.
Exploding Cinema Film Show, The Horse Hospital, London, UK, 18 May 2019.
Sreetlight Revisited, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, USA, 7-24 May 2019.
9th Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival, Mumbai, India, 20 February 2019.
Lobo Fest, Ciné Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil, 27 November-4 December 2018.
Video Art Film Club, Leyden Gallery, London, UK, 15 September 2018.
Unseen Festival, Counterpath, Denver, CO, USA, 1-30 September 2018.
suRRveillance Programme screening, Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Short Film Festival, Gomel, Belarus, 24 July 2018.
The Quarantine Film Festival, W.O.W. 19, The New Museum of Networked Art, Varna, Bulgaria, 12-14 July 2018.
Unidxs, exhibition, Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin, IL, USA, 29 June-22 July 2018.
"What is the opposite of a computer", video exhibition, Inner Space: a chamber gallery, Dallas, TX, USA, 5-27 May 2018.
Cinema Perpetuum Mobile International Short Film Festival,
Regionale 18, Kunsthaus Basellland, Basel, Switzerland, 24 November-7 January 2017.
ULTRAcinema Festival, Puebla, Mexico, 30 November-3 December 2017.
Medrar, film screening, Cairo, Egypt, 14 September 2017.
Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Palma, Majorca, Spain, 25 August-7 September 2017.
Ustraucture Exhibition, Theater of the City, Gjilan, Kosovo, 24-28 June 2017.
Burien Film Festival, Burien, Washington, USA, 23-26 June 2017.
Flux, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath, UK, 27 May-10 June 2017.
FUSE, video projection, Ättiksfabriken Art Space in collaboration with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, 12 & 13 May 2017.
Filmideo 2017, film screening, Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA, 22 & 29 April & 6 May 2017.
Festival pour un Temps Sismique, La Chaufferie Gallery, HEAR, Strasbourg, France, 9-18 March 2017.
The Video Show, video exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch, NJ, USA, 20 February-10 March 2017.
8th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt, 3-12 December 2017.
aDifferent Festival, experimental film festival, adifferent Cinema, Woodland Pattern Bookcenter, Milwaukee, WI, USA, 17-18 February, 2017.
Hope in the Dark, exhibition,3rd On 3rd Gallery, Jamestown, NY, USA, 21 January-24 February 2017.
Lakecity Film Festival, Crystal Lake Resort, Oguta, Imo Nigeria, 16-18 December 2016.
FIVA 06 International Video Art Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2-4 December 2016.
Frontale International Film Festival, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 9-12 November 2016.
Szczecin European Film Festival, Szczecin, Poland, 15-24 October 2016.
7th Façade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 8-10 September 2016.
Ozark Shorts Film Festival, Lamar, Missouri, USA, 2016.
Southway Film Fest, Mykolalyv, Ukraine, 11-13 August 2016.
Temporal Scales, solo exhibition of films, Oxford House Gallery, London, UK, 4-10 July 2016.
Tulsa Overground Film & Music Festival, Tulsa, OK, USA, 24-27 March 2016.
Whatashort India International Film Festival, 2016.
13th Frames Film Festival, SIES, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India, 21-23 January 2016.
7th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt, 3-12 December 2015.
FIVA 05 International Video Art Festival, Book and Language Museum and National Library, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30 November-2 December 2015.
Chrysalis Lens: A Brief Survey of Contemporary Video Art, exhibition, Marylyn & Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts, Marymount California University, 5-26 November 2015.
Szczecin European Film Festival, Szczecin, Poland, 18-26 October 2015.
SOSE International Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia, 17-24 October 2015.
Frontale International Film Festival, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 14-17 October 2015.
From Nowhere, video projection at Sluice Art Fair, London, 16 October 2015.
Simultan 11th Edition, media art festival, Timisoara, Romania, 7-10 October 2015.
Simon Welch: Four Films, solo video exhibition at Studio 3 Arts, Barking UK, 7 September - 2 October 2015.
Mostra SAUAM 2015, Anhembi Morumbi University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13 August 2015.
Images Contre Nature, video festival, Videodrome 2, Marseille, France, 9-12 July 2015
Audiovisual Experiences, Program IV, ArtvideoKOELN 2015.
Visual in Poetry, exhibition, Capitania Gallery, Aveiro, Portugal, 26 June-26 July 2015.
Incubarte 7, exhibition, MUVIM, Valencia Spain, 18-21 June 2015.
Supernatural, exhibition, New Harmony Contemporary Gallery, Indianapolis, USA, 6 June-17 July 2015.
Filmideo 2015, film screening, Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA, 25 April 2015.
What Are You Watching?, video screening at Stairwell Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA, USA, 11 April 2015.
6th International Camagüey Video Art Festival, Cuba, 31 March-4 April 2015.
Transpositions, solo video exhibition, Galerija 101, Vytautas Magnus University Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania, 10 March-3 April 2015
Breaking the Fourth Wall, exhibition, Byron Cinema, Hucknall, Nottingham, UK, 28 Nov-12 Dec 2014.
6th Cairo Video Festival, Gezira Art Centre, Cairo, Egypt, 8-20 November 2014.
Short Round, film screening, Stratford-Upon-Avon Picture House, UK, 8 November 2014.
27th Instants Vidéo Festival, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France, 7-11 November 2014.
NYA Short Film Fest, Brunswick Studios, Halifax, UK, 26 October 2014.
Filmideo 2014, film screening, Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA, September 2014.
Cologne Off X Artvideo Festival 2014, programme screening at :
Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata Greece, July 2014; Syracuse International Film and Media Festival Syracuse, Italy Aug 2014 ; Waterpieces Video & Art Festival Riga, Latvia, Aug 2015 ; MIVA International Videoart Festival Quito, Peru, Aug 2014 ; Institut fuer Alles Mögliche Berlin, Germany, Sept 2014 ; "Damen und Herren" e.V. Düsseldorf, Germany, Sept 2014 ; Onomato e.V. Düsseldorf, Gerrmany, Sept 2014 ; Proyector International Video Art Festival, Spain, Sept 2014 ; Athens International Videoart Festival, Greece, Oct 2014 ; VideoBabel - International Audiovisual Festival Cuzco, Peru, Oct 2014 ; EuroShorts Film Festival Gdansk, Poland, Nov 2014 ; Euro Shorts Film Festival Warsaw, Poland, Nov 2014 ; Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles, USA, Dec 2014 ; CeC 2015 - Carnival of e-Creativity, North Western Hills University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India, May 2015.
Reel/Unreal exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 4-10 September 2014.
Façade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 18-20 September 2014.
11-11 video screening, Kitchen Space, Chicago, USA, September 2014.
Streetlight 2, video exhibition, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, USA, 15–30 December, 2014.
9th Urban Explorers Festival, film screening, Dordrecht, Holland, 7 June 2014.
Down to Earth, exhibition, W3 Gallery, London, UK, 16 May - 1 June 2014.
Fat Out Fest, Video Jam screening, Islington Mill, Salford, UK, May 2014
Toride International Video Projection Contest, Toride City, Japan, March-May 2014.
Streetlight: Video + Digital Media, exhibition, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, USA, February 2014.
8th International Streaming Festival for Audio Visual Art, The Hague, Holland, 2013.
Moments in Time, experimental documentary film screening, MIA, Amory Centre for the Arts, Pasadena, USA, 22 November 2013.
Imagen Digital, video festival, Espacioenter, Tenerife, Grand Canaries, November 2013.
Hörlursfestival, audio-visual festival, LAB Gallery, Sweden, July 2013.
Arte Creative, online video exhibition, Arte TV, France/Germany, 2011-2012.
Photo & video exhibitions, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg, 2010/2009/2007.
22nd Instants Vidéo, video festival, Marseille, France, 2009.
Les Yeux, La Nuit, video projection, Les Yeux de l’Ouïe Video Association, Nancy, France, 2009.
ZEMOS98 International Film Festival, Seville, Spain, March 2009.
Simultan Video Festival, Romania, 2009/2008/2005.
FILE, video & new media festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009/2008/2007.
Régionale 9, group exhibition, Künsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2008.
Cinéréel, film & video exhibition, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France, 2008.
The Late Shift, video projection, Sainsbury Centre of Visual Art, Norwich, UK, 2008.
Provopolis, video projection, Norwich Arts Centre, UK, 2007.
The Late Shift, video projection, Sainsbury Centre of Visual Art, Norwich, UK, 2007.
Miden Film Festival, Kalamata, Greece, 2007.
2nd International Film Festival on Water, Bangalore, India, 2007.
Cinéfleuve, itinerant film and video festival in Germany, France, Luxembourg & Belgium, 2007.
Vidéoformes, video festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2006.
Nomad (Load/Flow/Mix), video festival, Bucarest, Romania, 2006.
Les 1001 Nuits de Strasbourg, outdoor video projection, ACECA, Strasbourg, 2005/2003.
Reel Shorts, video exhibition, Saratoga County Arts Council, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA, 2005.
Des Limites, group photo & video exhibition, Stimultania gallery, Strasbourg, 2003.
Morceaux choisis, group exhibition, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2003.
Council of Europe, exhibition, Strasbourg, France, 1998.
Gallery Prego, exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, 1994.
West Soho Gallery, exhibition, London, UK, 1993.
Smith’s Gallery, exhibition, London, 1993.
Cairo Atelier, solo exhibition, Egypt, 1990.
Egyptian Artists Union, exhibition, Cairo, 1990 (sponsored by British Council).
Merseyside Artists, exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 1986.

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Director Statement

I’m a British filmmaker based in France since 1994. I originally studied painting but now work exclusively in the audiovisual domain. My films are regularly screened in international film and video festivals and exhibitions. I attended a foundation art course at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham (UK). I then studied for a BA in Fine Art, specialising in painting, at Liverpool Polytechnic in the late 1980s and resumed my studies in the late ’90s at Strasbourg University where I did an MA and a PhD in visual arts, including elements of cinema and video. In the meantime, I’d stopped painting and concentrated on installation pieces using video projection which eventually led me into the field of single-channel video production. The thematic concerns of the films include the following : reality and illusion in relation to the in-built naturalism of audiovisual media; the generation of meaning through the juxtaposition or superimposition of different temporalities; the cinematic construction of narrative and the construction of narratives by individuals themselves in order to give meaning to their lives; relationships between people and, generational conflict; the relationship between humans and nature and between culture and deterministic belief systems; the notion of transformation; the dichotomy between the rational and the supernatural, in which the supernatural may represent a social, political or historical issue or even relate to filmmaking and the nature of cinema itself.