The National Gallery is collaborating with the London Film School on 'Transcriptions: LFS Shorts', an innovative new project which involves second term students producing short 3-4 minute films inspired by the Gallery’s collection as part of their course.

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From the film-maker:


Saint Sebastian became a martyr, fighting for his ideals until his death. I tried to illustrate the different means by which other people might also fight for their ideals, even if these are the frivolous enjoyments of watching an Italian soap opera or eating pasta. I was interested in creating an ironic reading of the traditionally admiring, devoted and grandiose iconography of Saint Sebastian, who is always idealised in terms of his masculinity and virtues. While the original Saint Sebastian sacrifices himself for his greater ideals, my character is unwilling to sacrifice any of his pleasures in pursuit of his wants and beliefs. He is the ultimate glutton. By opening my film up to an ironic consideration of this subject, it allowed me to explore comically a character who thinks only in terms of absolutes.


Giacomo Boeri


A piece inspired by: Gerrit van Honthorst Saint Sebastian, about 1623

Mohammad Shrydeh
Tracy Sunderland
Giacomo Boeri