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Wed 25 January

LNF23: Creating interactive film-based work

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With Clem Garritty, Swamp Motel and Terry O’Donovan, Dante or Die 

Join award-winning artists Clem Garritty and Terry O’Donovan as they discuss the ideas and creative processes behind the celebrated short films The Alter by Swamp Motel (Best Experimental Film, Cannes World Film Festival 2022) and Odds On by Dante or Die (Best Interactive Film, International Media Festival of Wales 2022), and their experiences of making interactive, film-based work. 

With roots in immersive and experiential theatre, Clem and Terry will discuss transitioning their work to digital platforms and screens, and the rewards and creative challenges that these online spaces offer in creating new digital performance experiences and connections with audiences.  

Both The Alter and Odds On are available to watch now via the links below. We would recommend watching the films prior to attending this event. 

Watch The Alter: 

Watch Odds On:  


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Clem Garritty

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Clem is co-founder and Creative Director of Swamp Motel. Having previously co-founded multi-award winning and critically acclaimed comedy theatre company Kill the Beast, Clem then teamed up with Ollie Jones to form immersive entertainment company Swamp Motel 

Swamp Motel was born from a desire to see imaginative, daring brands tell their stories through immersive experiences – thrilling their audiences in the same way that theatre does, without the limitations. Today, the Motel is a dynamic, independent entertainment company that harnesses the best talent and craftsmanship that the theatrical world has to offer to produce new formats of entertainment experiences. 

Swamp Motel creates entertainment that blurs boundaries between theatre, film and gaming. By giving audiences a pivotal role within story-worlds, Swamp Motel’s innovative productions are always live, social and thrilling whether experiencing them from your sofa, your desk or in an unexpected venue.  

Terry O’Donovan

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Terry has worked as an actor, director and producer since 2005. He co-founded Dante or Die in 2006. As Co-Artistic Director he has co-created all productions and performed in most, including User Not Found’s acclaimed international tour which included BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Traverse Theatre. In 2021 he won Best Perforance Award at the Off-West End Awards alongside he cast members for his performance in Skin Hunger. Most recently he co-wrote and directed the company’s first interactive film, Odds On. He specialises in creating intimate and immersive performances. 

Elsewhere, he directed original site-specific production, Bread Not Profits which won the Audience Choice Award in the 2020 Irish Theatre Awards. On The Wire, Terry’s original production for Irish company Wildebeest Theatre was nominated for Best Production in The Irish Theatre Awards in 2015. He co-founded TalkShow Theatre, and co-created Ten Out of Ten, Be Here Now and Focus Group which all toured nationally. 

Dante or Die is an award-winning, independent site-specific theatre company that creates new performances in unexpected places. Since 2006, the company have been creating original performances that have taken place in cosy cafés, an artificial ski-slope, high end and some lower-end hotel rooms, anonymous self-storage buildings and sweaty leisure centres…the list goes on. They have performed across the UK and at brilliant international festivals. 


The Alter by Swamp Motel 

A short film where it’s up to you to discover the narrative. One story, two timelines. Click to switch between the night before and the morning after. 

‘We’d go mad, if we actually moved out somewhere like this’ 

A group of city-dwelling friends unite at a remote country house for a weekend away. The perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. 

When they find an old map of the grounds, a nocturnal hunt for buried treasure begins.  

What they unearth will alter them forever. 

Odds On by Dante or Die 

Following the award-winning video podcast User Not Found, Dante or Die bring you a new, free to watch, interactive short film that’ll have you hooked from the start. 

Log in to Pearls of Fortune, the online slots game that’s caught us all in its net, give yourself a fun name, pick an adorable avatar, and plunge beneath the waves for a few spins. 

Odds On takes you deep down into the world of online gambling; from that first win, all the way behind the screen to give a game’s-eye view of how your fellow players are really doing. 

Follow Felicity, a valued customer, and peer beneath the murky depths to see how a cheeky spin can spiral out of control. 

Winner: Best Interactive Film, International Media Festival of Wales 

Winner: Best Experimental Short Film, Gully International Film Festival 

Shortlisted for Digital Project of the Year, 2023 Stage Awards 

Please Note: This film contains gambling (live play, images, sounds & slot simulation) which may be very triggering to people with a gambling addiction or who are in recovery. If slot machine simulation will be triggering to you, please contact, who will send you a non-interactive version of Odds On.