Maddie Lock

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Maddie Lock (they/them) is a filmmaker and artist born in Eastbourne and based in Brighton, with a passion for trans/queer perspectives, clowns, puppetry, political narratives, and documentaries.

Maddie studied Film & History at the University of Southampton, works for Brighton Fringe, and recently completed a film mentorship as part of Soho House x Creative Mentor Network. In 2023, Maddie made their premiere short film Monsters, an experimental documentary, with hopes of taking the current narrative surrounding trans and queer people as ‘monsters’, and juxtaposing this with childhood videos, amusement parks, and slugs… It was made with zero budget, and no cast/crew aside from Maddie, as a way of building a portfolio despite lacking experience and financial barriers to the film industry. Monsters has featured at ten festivals, and has been a finalist at Lowestoft Film Festival, as well as a semi-finalist at San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival.

Stay up to date with Maddie’s filmmaking journey and contact them about any ideas you have for a creative collaboration with them on Instagram and X (formally Twitter) @maddielockfilm

Maddie was mentored by Astrid Goldsmith on their film Welcome to the Puppet Show: A Day at the Circus, for Young Film Network South East. Follow the film on Instagram: @puppetshowfilm and watch it below!

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Join Clown, Bear and Star, three neurodivergent characters, on their adventure to the circus. There will be big tops, candy floss, and even a musical number, but all is not as it seems in the land of puppets…
Welcome to the Puppet Show: A Day at the Circus aims to highlight neurodivergent and disabled stories, without relying on trauma and stereotypes. It’s a chance to see yourself represented on screen without it always having to be a heavy and saddening experience. So come and join us in the land of puppets for a musical adventure!

If you would like to screen Maddie’s film, or any of the Short Cut Film Fund films, please email us at [email protected] with the subheading: SCFF Screening.

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