Nationwide Talent

Playback Tour, in association with Random Acts, invites audiences nationwide to explore the work of emerging artist filmmakers in an interactive exhibition. Beginning this month, the presentation – comprised of over 140 short films displayed on touchscreens – will travel to venues across the UK including Modern Art, Oxford; Tyneside, Newcastle; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Sheffield Doc Fest; The Mac, Birmingham; Home, Manchester. It will also be landing at York Explore as part of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival’s seventh edition in November.

Following its launch at the ICA in March, and a separate staging at Peckham Platform from 22 March to 2 April, Playback will tour until March 2018, providing audiences with plenty of opportunities to experience this exciting and diverse collection of work made by up and coming creatives. Featured works include Best Experimental Short Nominee at the BFI Future Film Festival 2017 Tower XYZ by Ayo Akingbade in which characters wander through London’s concrete jungle as the narrator reflects on the current state of the city and her imagined future.

Another highlight is Lux, winner of the Best Film by a 16-18 year old at the BFI Future Film Festival 2017. Created by Issy Snailham, the film is set in 1970s England, where an introverted young boy discovers the transcendental and alluring brilliance of Bowie.

Boundary-pushing and genre-defying, the films span a variety of styles from narrative films about drag queens, super-heroes, job centres and zombies to animated stories that feature talking goldfish and radioactive snails. Poetry and spoken word speak up on issues such as feminism, age, young black women, the prison system and the shipyards of the North East, while hand-drawn animations tell the story of Syrian refugees rescued by Greek fisherman. Each three minute film reflects the concerns and vision of young people working with film today.

These works showcase the filmmakers’ diverse backgrounds and reach from the North to the South, and from the East to the West of England. Selected from an open call, Playback is open to anyone between the ages of 16-24 who wants to make a film. Many of those selected have now embarked on successful careers with film studios, in the fashion and music industries and in the art world. Visitors to the touring exhibition can select films by category or choose from curated show reels.

Playback is supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4 Random Acts.

Playback Tour, until March 2018, venues nationwide. ASFF 8-12 November. Find out more:

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1. Ayo Akingbade, Tower XYZ.