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