Digital Arts

Tonight we are looking at the magical aspect of Digital Arts in this years Made in Roath festival.

What is Digital Arts? Well, it’s arts but it’s …. digital. Ok there is a bit more to it than that. Digital Arts is the name we give to the section of the festival involving “moving pictures” or “movies” as some people refer to them (for any of our younger readers a “movie” is like a really long snapchat video). 



Digital Arts is also the smallest part of this years festival with two main events taking place on the same day in the same place, one after another. This generally means two things: 1, Digital Arts is so awesome they can quite easily get away with just doing two events and, 2, this means I get to entertain you with my extensive movie trivia knowledge.

The term “movies” originally didn’t mean films but the people who made them. Generally it was a term of disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “arty invaders”.

The smallest set for an entire action movie in terms of space was for the 1944 Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Lifeboat” which all happened on a small lifeboat.

Sam the piano player in beloved classic Casablanca can’t actually play the piano. Dooley Wilson the actor portraying Sam was hired as a singer and is just pretending to play the piano without touching the keys. But thats enough random movie facts from me back to Made in Roath.

Digital Arts all takes place on Saturday the 21st. It starts with a showing of classic French movie “The Red Balloon”. A magical film suitable for all ages about a boy who discovers a red balloon in Paris which follows him around on adventures. After this showing we have the ever popular “Roathbud”. This is a showing of short films from local makers or films with Roath connections. It is always a popular aspect of the festival. The high standards and uniqueness of the films shown are wonderful and offers something for everyone. I’d really recommend checking it out.

You can find out more about Digital Arts here or read the event listings below. This years Digital Arts has been coordinated by the genius that is Tom Betts.

21 OCT THE RED BALLOON 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre

21 OCT ROATHBUD 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre

As always thank you for reading and see you in Roath.