Bionic People: workshop with John Williams

John Williams, Bionic People, Paraphernalia Still.

Two-day filmmaking workshop for disabled artists and filmmakers, part of DadaFest and Shape/The Arts Catalyst's Specimens to Superhumans programme

Gary Thomas from Disability Arts Online, attended as reviewer/participant and made this short film about the workshop.

A two-day practical workshop with award-winning filmmaker John Williams to create short films that imaginatively address themes of disability, bioethics and prosthetics. This practical and inspiring two-day workshop is for disabled artists who already work with film/video and disabled emerging filmmakers who want to explore and extend their work in these media.

John Williams is a writer/director with over 10 years experience. His films combine live action, animation and visual effects, engagingly dealing with highly sensitive subjects, including mental health (‘Robots’), young children dealing with the death of a friend (‘Hibernation’) and a child’s complex feelings towards his robotic dialysis machine (‘Paraphernalia’).

Williams’ graduation film 'Robots' won over 10 international awards, and his films continue to win major awards across the globe, from the Young Director’s Award at the Cannes Lions to ‘Best Drama’ at the LA Short Film Festival for his short film ‘Paraphernalia’. His powerful film 'Hibernation', about two boys who try to bring their friend back to life, won over 20 international awards and has been screened in over a thousand cinemas worldwide. Williams recently directed 'Magic', starring Jane Horrocks, for Channel 4's Coming Up series, and has just completed his first feature script with Sound Films entitled 'Here on Earth' the story of one man's mission to the moon. He also works on pioneering music videos for the likes of Coldplay and Radiohead.


Bionic People is the final event in the Specimens to Superhumans series curated by The Arts Catalyst and Shape exploring contemporary issues around biomedical science, disability and ethics, and how these are explored, represented and critiqued in art.  Earlier events included Labyrinth of Living Exhibits at the Hunterian Museum with Aaron Williamson, Sinéad O'Donnell, Brian Catling and Katherine Araniello, Alternative Ways of Thinking at Cheltenham Science Festival with Simon Baron-CohenJon Adams, Gabriel Hardistry-Miller and Ben Connors and "All that happened to us..." at Roehampton University with Ann Dickie, Anna BergströmTrevor Mathison, Professor Raymond Lee, Dr Siobhan Strike and Dr Jin Luo.



John Williams videos

John Williams abstract



Wellcome Trust People Award and Arts Council England