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.

Posted in guests | Leave a comment

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 

Posted in guests | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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


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.
Posted in guests | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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



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:…

View original post 6,521 more words

Posted in events | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Worcestershire Pride & Splendid Cinema present Spidarlings (Salem Kapsaski, 2016)

Film Studies @ Worcester


Worcestershire Pride & Splendid Cinema present

Spidarlings (Salem Kapsaski, 2016) + Q&A w Director and Stars

The Hive

28 September, 2017, 19:30


View original post

Posted in events | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cinema Obscura Launches

FREE film club based at the University of Worcester. Showcasing double bills of World cinema, Genre and Exploitation classics. The more obscure the better!

First Screening: Wednesday 4th October, 6.30 in the Urwin Lecture Theatre.  Pleasantville & Night of the Living Dead.

cinema obscura screening



Posted in students | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome Week Treasure Hunt

Download the Instructions here:

See the photos.

Checkout the Film Weekly



Posted in students | Leave a comment

Playback Exhibition National Tour Coming to The Hive



Tuesday, 22 August 2017

1 – 21 September 2017, Showcasing Work by local filmmakers

Over 200 short films made by up and coming artist filmmakers (aged 16 – 24) from across England will be showcased in Playback, a touring interactive exhibition supported by Channel 4 Random Acts and coming to The Hive, Worcester on 1 September. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of free filmmaking events.

Covering a wide variety of disciplines and mediums, the work on show reflects the concerns and vision of young people working with film today. Visitors stepping inside the exhibition space can choose which of the three minute films to watch using the interactive displays, and selecting films by category or choose from curated show reels.

The exhibition will present a number of stunning films which have been made by young Worcestershire based artists and filmmakers. Highlights from Worcestershire include films by Elle Smart and Lisa and Jason Smith.

Lisa & Jason Smith are a brother and sister team, both travellers they have made a film called ‘Hotchi’ which looks at traveller identity. Lisa is keen to smash misconceptions about travellers. Jason her brother was born deaf. The film features a narrative that aims to give viewers a glimpse into how we might experience the world if we were deaf.

Elle Smart is a graduate from the University of Worcester and has a degree in Digital Film Production and Screenwriting. Her autobiographical film ‘Impact’ explores Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Elle has worked on various film sets and her screenwriting debut feature film, ‘In A Year’ is currently touring the festival circuit and has been nominated at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival, as well as showing at Los Angeles Cinefest.

Other filmmakers from the neighbouring Hereford region include Chris Hyde whose film looks at old age; Michael Bailon who has created an amazingly detailed hand drawn animation and Becky Doctor a 22 year old filmmaker whose comedy looks at the cult of coffee making.

A particular highlight is Anne Coombes’ atmospheric film, which explores the power and beauty of Pole Dancing as a gymnastic style, fitness phenomenon amongst young women.

Free Filmmaking Events
Alongside Playback The Hive is hosting two free workshops for young people with an interest in filmmaking.
• Ink, Paper & Plasticine, from media company Calling the Shots introduces the basics of animation. Participants aged 9 – 16 years can try their hand at animating with coloured inks, paper cut-outs and plasticine. The workshop is taking place on Saturday 9 September from 2 – 5pm.
• Filmmaking: Where do I start? by Rural Media. This workshop is for 16 – 24 year olds and doesn’t require any previous filmmaking experience. The workshop will explore short film ideas, critique inspiring shorts and offer tips about what makes a good story and how to get a film made. The workshop is taking place on Wednesday 20 September from 4 to 7pm.

Places are limited for both workshops and are offered on a first come first served basis, booking via The Hive website –

Playback in association with Random Acts

“The Hollywood of tomorrow” Dino Bonacic, because
“One of those projects that we personally think there should be a lot more of”
Finn Blythe, 10 magazine
“Any budding directors, actors or screenwriters should be in attendance”
babyface, i-D

Playback brings together over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers in one exhibition, which tours the country until March 2018. These remarkable and award-winning short films made by emerging talent span a range of art forms and topics – from an animated take on the refugee crisis, to the dark dreamscape of a zombie apocalypse.

Watch the films See a selection of the shorts that feature in Playback
The touring exhibition Find out if Playback is coming to a venue near you
The festival Be in the know about the Playback Festival’s return to the ICA
Cinema distribution Learn about how you can exhibit these short films in your area
Find out more Discover the filmmaking opportunities available across the country

Posted in events | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TRIP to Sheffield International Documentary Festival

I am coordinating a trip to the Sheffield International Documentary Festival from the 9th to the 14th June 2017. Depending on interest I may do this as an official trip and arrange accommodation etc. or, failing that, people can make their own arrangements and I will set-up a contact group so we can all stay in touch.

Why Come?

The SIDF is one of the biggest and best festivals in the UK and one of the top 3 Documentary festivals in the world. It is a chance to gain amazing insight into the film business, the commercial festival circuit and documentary making in all its forms. Every year there are hundreds of mind expanding documentaries in all sorts of forms and genres from all over the world: entertainment, adventure, politics, art, anthropology, TV content, feature films, underground shorts, Virtual reality and animation. Whether you are a film fan (hundreds of films and talks), a filmmaker (industry sessions galore), a game designer or animator (Alternate reality strand),or just someone interested in any of the subjects covered (special events, talks etc.) this is an amazing experience.

There are screenings in multiple venues across the city, pitching sessions, workshops, networking, market place and of course loads of parties. You will rub shoulders with other students, filmmakers, TV executives, distributors, sales agents producers and celebrities.


Act Now

Standard delegate passes are around £350 but you can get a full pass as a student for £129 +vat. If we can book quickly we may be able to negotiate some bulk deals on accommodation (hopefully for around £20 a night) or you can couch surf, use air BnB, stay with friends, or otherwise improvise.

If you want to come please respond as soon as you can by clicking this link: https://form.jotform.us/71243672389160

All the best,


Posted in events | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

New Resource – On Craft

Simply put (from their website) It’s On Craft , "..gather high-quality material from films, graphic novels and other visual media and let you explore how other professionals crafted it."

Crafts they support include Animation, Art Direction, Idea to Screen, Project Management, Scriptwriting, Sound and Music, Storyboarding, Compositing, Directing, Character Design, Backgrounds.

The really exciting area from a student experience point of view, is that the resource is designed to make professionals accessible. They offer ‘ask me anything’ online sessions where students can participate in Q&A sessions with artists, filmmakers, animators, game developers etc. They are also developing networking functionality so that students can do virtual studio tours and contact professionals directly.

This is still being trialled so please take a look. Use it or lose it.

Access it here: http://library.worc.ac.uk/craft

Students need to enter their name, email address and a password to get started. They will then just need to confirm their email address.

If you like it please use the survey link so that we can get lots of qualitative feedback

Please feel free to share on fb, or VLE pages for students and forward to anyone I might have missed from this email.

Posted in students | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment