Shaun Dey – founder of Reel News.

Shaun will be talking and showing examples of his work at the University of Worcester Video Studio (EEG185) on Tuesday the 5th December at 13.15.

All Welcome.

Shaun Dey is the founder and principal film maker with Reel News, a media activist collective that works closely with progressive working class movements, producing a bimonthly newsreel, posting videos and slideshows online and arranging screenings.

Reel News uses film as an active tool in creating change, grounded in our belief in social and economic justice and the centrality of the working class in achieving change. We aim to amplify the voices of struggles on the ground to help campaigns achieve victories, make information available and facilitate communication between different struggles.

Since 2006 we have made over 350 films, which increasingly have been key elements in campaigns and strikes that have ultimately been successful. Recent examples include advances in campaigns opposing police surveillance  and blacklisting, strikes for proper rates of pay on building sites, reinstatement of workers who were blacklisted for trade union activity, living wage campaigns,  the successful struggle for a living wage by British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew after 85 days of strike action, and resistance by public sector workers to austerity cuts, often by Labour councils, such as the successful Birmingham refuse workers strike.  Over the past 12 months, we’ve had two million views of our videos on Facebook.

Other campaigns we are currently involved with include the McStrike campaign at McDonalds for union recognition, a £10 per hour minimum wage and an end to bullying, the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, the struggle for justice over the Grenfell fire,campaigns to save the NHS, the Million Climate Jobs campaign and other initiatives for a worker-led jsut transition, and a global network of anti-airport expansion campaigns.

 In September we went to Catalonia to work with the anti-capitalist left, militant trade unions and neighbourhood assemblies who are at the heart of resistance to oppression and violence by the Spanish state over the right to decide on independence. We are using the film we produced to help generate working class solidarity in Britain, and are now in a position to take a delegation of trade unionists and activists from social movements over with us to make links when we return just before Christmas.

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Anne-Marie Sweeney – Documentary Director

Tuesday 21st November 13.15 – 14.15
EEG185

Anne-Marie Sweeney is an acclaimed campaigning film maker. Her films, revealing the often unsung role of working class women as agents of political change, are imbued with humour and resistance. They have been commissioned by Channel 4 and internationally screened by German, French, and Australian television.

She will be talking about her experiences of working independently, for big broadcasters and as a self financing campaigner.

This is part of the Documentary Perspectives season. 

All welcome.

Anne Marie

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Morag Livingston

If you weren’t here you missed another great guest speaker today:

Moving from corporate world into Arts

Making films and keeping the subjects anonymous

Working with vulnerable people.

How to sustain a passion project.

Building a story.Applying visual elements. Using stills to draw out emotion.

Story boarding and organising assets

Visualising an imaginary critical audience member.

Ownership of cinemas and distribution.

“Where conspiracy theory becomes conspiracy fact”

Some useful references to follow up:


Part of the Documentary Perspectives lecture series.

Next Week

Anne-Marie Sweeney is an acclaimed campaigning film maker. Her films, revealing the often unsung role of working class women as agents of political change, are imbued with humour and resistance. They have been commissioned by Channel 4 and internationally screened by German, French, and Australian television.

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Morag Livingston – Director – Guest Lecture

Tuesday 14th November

11.00- EE1126 – Screening of Belonging
13.15- EEG185 – Directors Talk

All welcome.

Morag Livingstone is the Director of Belonging (2017). She is an experienced short filmmaker, writer, and documentary photographer telling the real stories of real people in order to bring about real change. She is co-author of two best selling books, Hackney Child and Tainted Loveboth published by Simon & Schuster in 2014.

Morag Livingstone has an eclectic, portfolio career:  an investigative journalist, award winning film maker, a published author (UK and France), editor in visual and written communications, tutor and lecturer. Working closely with a range of organisations from news, corporate, government, medical and not-for-profit she understands the need for effective communications, maintaining audience attention and keeping focused on the key elements of the story for that audience – always asking, why would this audience care about this topic?

She has made film projects for organisations as diverse as  International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Unite the Union, Jessica Kingsley Publishing, World Bank IFC, National Health Service (NHS), London University of the Arts, Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP). (A pioneering “corporate social enterprise” ), Simon and Schuster (A division of CBS Corporation), European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (Training and development of Communications Staff in multimedia communications (2013)), Flexenclosure, (designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and hybrid power systems for the ICT industry), OffCentre (Various projects on young people, 2005 – Present), HYPAC (Hackney Young People Affected by Crime – (Help Change the Headlines, 2010), Haydons Road Campaign (Road Safety, 2011), Citizens Advice (Life After Debt, Nov 2009 – 2011), RNIB, RNID, Oxfam, MENCAP, Contact a Family, Ethiopia Aid / Project Harar  (Noma: the face of Poverty, 2008); Comic and Sports Relief, (2005-present) The Carnegie Trust (2006), Stepping Stones for Families (Living with Low income in Scotland, 2006).

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Paul Jackson – Documentary Editor – Guest Lecture

Paul has decades of experience as an editor working in Documentary, Fiction and Factual TV. He is now semi retired but continues to work as a camera operator and editor for TV documentary and other documentary projects.

He will be talking to us about his work, why continues to to do it, how he does it, and what makes the experience of documentary making so enjoyable.

Everyone welcome. Join us in the Video Studio St Johns Campus EEG185 at 13.15 on Tuesday 7th November

This talk is part of the Documentary Perspectives lecture series.


Next Week

Morag Livingston
The Director of Belonging (2017). Experienced short filmmaker, writer, and documentary photographer telling the real stories of real people in order to bring about real change.

Tuesday 14th November
Belonging will be screened in EE1126 at 11.00am.
Morag Livingstone will talk about her work in EEG185 at 13.15

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Elizabeth Mizon – Producer / Director

Guest Lecture – Tuesday 17 October 2017, 13.15
Part of the Documentary Perspectives series.

Elizabeth is a writer, producer and director, a media activist, co-director of Bristol Radical Film Festival and resident filmmaker at Screenology. She produced the experimental Film That Buys the Cinema for Bristol’s Cube Microplex, an official selection of 2014’s BFI London Film Festival. Her zero budget feature documentary The Fourth Estate was released in 2015

Elizabeth talked about her work, how she has developed a career and why documentary is worth the effort. If you weren’t there you missed out – but here’s a few films that were mentioned along the way that you might want to check out…

The Jinx seriesRat filmHoop Dreams, Koyaanisqaatsi in 5 minutesBlack Fish (storyville)


NEXT TIME
07 November 13.15
Paul Jackson

Paul has decades of experience as an editor working in Documentary, Fiction and Factual TV.

He is now semi retired but continues to work as a camera operator and editor for TV documentary and other documentary projects.

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Louis Price Guest Lecture.

Louis Price gave a fascinating talk on Tuesday as part of the Documentary Perspectives lecture series. He explained how he started his career as a filmmaker shooting behind the scenes videos for DVD extras, developed a feature documentary about Biba and built a documentary distribution company November Films on the back of the marketing and distribution of this film.

He showed excerpts from his collaboration with Adam Curtis ,MK Ultra, and his current project about the black country which is inspired by the work of  Austrian filmmakers like Michael Glawogger.

Louis reminded students that the creative possibilities of documentary and the real opportunity to make films that can have global distribution straight out of university make it the most exciting area of filmmaking to engage with. Following the talk he spent several hours working with third year Documentary Production students discussing their proposed projects.

The Documentary Perspectives season will run up until Christmas with regular Tuesday talks by a a diverse range of Documentary makers. Check the schedule. Everyone welcome.

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Louis Price – Documentary maker and Video Designer

Guest Lecture – All Welcome

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 13.15
Video Studio, EEG185
Digital Arts Centre, University of Worcester, St. Johns Campus

Louis graduated from Central St Martin’s School Of Art. He is a director, editor and producer of films and documentaries, and also creates video imagery for theatre, dance and opera productions.

He co-founded the independent documentary production and distribution company November Films. For November Films, he directed the documentaries; Beyond Biba – A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki (SkyArts/Sundance Channel), Alexandre De Cunha – Mix (Thomas Dane Gallery/Arts Council England), I Call Myself a Haunted House (Marlborough Fine Art). November Films documentary releases include – Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, The Moo Man, The Punk Syndrome, Pandora’s Promise and After Tiller.

Credits as a theatrical video designer include: Orango (BBC Proms/Royal Festival Hall/Helsinki Festival/Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm), The Emperor (Young Vic), What Shadows (Lyceum Edinburgh), To Sir With Love & The Rotters Club (Birmingham Rep), The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Funfair (Home Manchester), Stravinsky – Tales (Royal Festival Hall), L’Enfant Et Les Sortileges (Royal Festival Hall), Amphytrion at the Schauspielhaus Theatre in Graz, Bright Phoenix (Liverpool Everyman), Sluts of Possession which premiered in Holland, and the Edinburgh Festival, Unleashed (Barbican Theatre), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse), The Ballad of the Sad Café (Moulins des Paillard, France), 5 Soldiers Interactive film (RKDC/DCD) installed at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and the Stadtmuseum Dresden, Beside the Sea (Purcell Room, South Bank Centre),Wings of Desire (IDFB/Circa), There Is Hope (RKDC UK Tour).

Other film projects include: As Editor; In Mid Wickedness (Tbilisi International Film Festival 2013), The Young Vic Patrice Chereau tribute, and Best, directed by William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth) which won the Sundance Film Festival short film prize.

Louis is currently shooting Black Country, a feature length documentary looking at the region in a visual and non-narrative manner, to be released in 2018.

Part of the Documentary Perspectives Season 

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Documentary Perspectives

A series of lectures exploring the diverse ways in which documentary makers engage with their craft.

These talks examine the practicalities of researching, funding and distributing independent documentary projects. They explore the ideas, questions and philosophies that documentary film makers grapple with and the varied experiences of the people who make the films possible. This season features a range of committed film makers who have found different ways of sustaining their craft.

All Welcome.
Talks start at 13.15 in The Video Studio, EEG185
Digital Arts Centre, University of Worcester, St Johns Campus.

Further speakers TBC – please check back for details:  https://worcfilm.wordpress.com/documentary-perspectives/ 

10-Oct Louis Price A director, editor and producer of films and documentaries, Louis also creates video imagery for theatre, dance and opera productions.

He co-founded the independent documentary production and distribution company November Films

17-Oct

Elizabeth Mizon

A writer, producer and director, a media activist, co-director of Bristol Radical Film Festival and resident filmmaker at Screenology.

Elizabeth produced the experimental Film That Buys the Cinema for Bristol’s Cube Microplex, an official selection of 2014’s BFI London Film Festival. Her first feature documentary The Fourth Estate was released in 2015

07-Nov Paul Jackson Paul has decades of experience as an editor working in Documentary, Fiction and Factual TV.

He is now semi retired but continues to work as a camera operator and editor for TV documentary and other documentary projects.

14-Nov Morag Livingston The Director of Belonging (2017). She is an experienced short filmmaker, writer, and documentary photographer telling the real stories of real people in order to bring about real change. She is co-author of two best selling books, Hackney Child and Tainted Love both published by Simon & Schuster in 2014.
21-Nov Anne-Marie Sweeney Anne-Marie is an acclaimed campaigning film maker. Her films, revealing the often unsung role of working class women as agents of political change, are imbued with humour and resistance. They have been commissioned by Channel 4 and internationally screened by German, French, and Australian television
28-Nov Giannis Misouridis Giannis is a prolific Documentary cinematographer and Director.
05-Dec Shaun Dey Producer of Reel News, a London based activist video collective set up to document and publicise struggles against the neoliberal agenda in Britain and worldwide. Reel news produces a regular news-reel service and organizes screenings and actions all over the UK (and beyond).
12-Dec Myrna Tsapa Myrna makes detailed intimate observational studies of people and characters that we might not otherwise meet. Her films have participated the official selections of many festivals such as to Clermond Ferrand ,TDF Thessaloniki, Festival dei Popoli Florence, among others.  She has been working for Greek television directing TV mini-series and documentaries since 1998.
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The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre, Adaptation – schedule, abstracts & bios

Film Studies @ Worcester

The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre, Adaptation
A two-day symposium
Charles Hastings Building
University of Worcester
30 September – 1 October 2017

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Saturday, 30 September, Charles Hastings Building, Room 2003

09:30 – 10:00: Welcome

10:00 – 12:00: Panel 1: TV Studies, Chair:

Julia Havas, “’See Netflix? We have one too!’: Identity Politics as Branding Strategy in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Scott Henderson, “Feminism Meets Neo-Liberalism: The Complex Quality Television Narratives of Top of the Lake and The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Chloe Harrison, “Reading Offred on Screen: A Cognitive Stylistic and Multimodal Analysis of Hulu’s Adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 15:00: Panel 2: Sound & Language, Chair:

Leanne Weston, “Sound Affects: Music and Meaning in The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Deirdre Flynn, “’… and I did not speak out’: The Importance of Silence in The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Silvia Storti, “The Re(d)Dress of Thought:…

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