Playback Exhibition National Tour Coming to The Hive

Exhibition at The Hive
Playback Touring Exhibition at The Hive, Worcester
Published Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

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 -

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager at The Hive said: "Young people are at the heart of The Hive's mission and we are delighted to host such a vibrant and exciting showcase of talent. The exhibition will hopefully inspire and motivate more young artists to develop their skills and to express their creativity. The Hive aims to educate, inspire and develop projects that encourage expression and debate. Playback does exactly that and we hope to continue to develop partnerships with national organisations like the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the future."

'Playback draws on the positives of a culture that is increasingly dominated by images and a generation that is highly literate in digital media and film.  Young people are often criticised for spending too much time on their phones or screens, but Playback allows young people from all walks of life and backgrounds, to communicate and express their ideas and creativity through the medium of film.' Corinne Orton - Playback 

Playback is supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4 Random Acts. The exhibition will be on show across the country in a variety of exciting venues from major art galleries and cinemas to international film festivals.

All of the Playback films were made as part of Random Acts, a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4 which aims to showcase bold expressions of creativity.