Working to Beat the Devil

Year2014 Duration27' AddressChu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch PhotographyChu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch EditorChu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch SoundChu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch CastGuy Shewring Production Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch



2014 IFF Rotterdam / 2014 Indielisboa / 2014 Dokufest Kosovo / 2014 Festival Du Nouveau Cinema Montréal / 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival / 2014 Hamburg Shortfilm Fest / 2014 European Media Arts Festival / 2014 Glasgow Film Festival / 2014 International Frauen Film Festival, Dortmund-Köln

Spanish premiere

A scientist experiments with imaginary, microscopic, fantasy lives in his remote laboratory and the world he sees comes to life searching for him and fleeing from him. Like in Painlevé’s films, science here is a synonym of fiction. The camera appears to be directly connected to the inventor’s brain and the microscope is attached to his eye.  What we see is not far from an experiment in which we also form an inevitable part. The spectator is a creature created by the film itself.  

Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch


Chu-Li and Adam have been collaborating since completing their studies at the National Film and Television School, UK, in 2007. Often taking inspiration from uncanny aspects of the natural world, and the creatures and people who inhabit these environments, they like to combine both non-fictional and fictional approaches in their films. They live on the Isle of Wight.


Chu-Li Shewring as director:

  • Mantis Tales (2005)

Chu-Li Shewring and Adam Gutch:

  • Tyger, tyger (2014 - from The Darkness Collection, coordinated by Oskar Alegría)
  • Hoof, Tooth & Claw (2011)
  • Semangat (2010/ 2014)


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