First Acts – Spoken Word on Film


Yesterday I got to spend the afternoon and evening with some brilliant young poets and film makers at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, as part of the First Acts spoken word on film event.

The concept behind the piece was to produce a series of short films inspired by poetry and spoken word. The topics were varied and thought provoking, as is generally the case when young people get a platform to showcase their work.

The event was hosted by the writer and actor, Ben Norris and featured the works of Chris Hyde, Tom Chimiak, Aliyah Hasinah, Paul Stringer, Dion Kitson and Sipho Dube. Each film was 3 mins in length and explored the very personal stories of each artist. There was a strong sense of identity to each piece, a clear message to be found in the narrative and the cinematic qualities really enhanced the message and story behind the words. This was explored further in a very informative and interesting Q&A session with the artists after the film showing.

Random Acts provides a platform for young people to explore their creativity through film and if you get a chance, click on the attached link to find some very interesting work on display on their website.

I really enjoyed helping the team bring this show to life at Ledbury. It was great to see so much young talent all in the one venue…



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