Major national tour of new work by emerging artists arrives at Tyneside Cinema

For the past two years, young artists from the North East and across the country have been hard at work creating bold, daring and challenging short films with help from Random Acts.

Now you can see their eclectic mixture of work at Playback, a new exhibition heading to Tyneside Cinema this summer.

Playback brings together over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers in one exhibition. These award-winning short films capture and reflect on today’s world: from underground zine cultures, to urban communities and digital lives.

The interactive exhibition features individual touchscreens that let you choose your own films; and include drama, comedy, dance and spoken word.

Many of the films were originally made and produced in the North, including Alex Ayre’s ‘The Brink’ and choreographer Lizzie Klotz’s ‘To Suit’, where young people were given the support and funding to create a short film. Now, Playback gives you the chance to see the people, places and creativity of the region.

As well as being able to catch these new films, those interested in kick-starting a career in the creative industries can take part in Creative Futures, a two-day training and development event for young artist filmmakers aged 16-24. The event will feature masterclasses, workshops and panel talks with a range of professionals from the film and art world – including Catherine Bray, commissioning editor for Channel 4’s Random Acts, and Ian Smith, founder of BAFTA-winning TV Drama Workshop who nurtured young talent including Jack O’Connell and Vicky McClure – helping participants to build a successful professional profile, and develop skills in producing and directing new moving image work.

Tyneside Cinema’s Creative Director of Learning & Participation, Ian Fenton said:

“Playback offers a fantastic opportunity for people in the North East to see the incredible emerging filmmaking talent in the region, and in the UK in a truly immersive and interactive exhibition. We’re also thrilled to be able to present the Creative Futures programme which will help young and emerging artists to progress in their career.”

Random Acts filmmaker, Lizzie Klotz said:

“As a choreographer, Random Acts provided a unique opportunity to explore my interest in developing, creating and presenting my work on film, through the adaptation of my most recent live work To Suit.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the process of Random Acts, working alongside an experienced, supportive and passionate team at Tyneside Cinema and True North, who encouraged me to questions about my work, my practice and myself as an individual.

“Random Acts has been a great springboard for future work, providing a wealth of further opportunities for commissions, bursaries, workshops, internships and mentorships, including the Creative Futures event in July 2017.

I am hugely grateful for the support I have received through Random Acts.”

Playback in association with Random Acts previews on Friday 28 July from 17:30-19:30. The exhibition will then be available to visit for free from 29 July – 13 August, 11:00-21:00 at Tyneside Cinema. Find out more at

Random Acts Creative Futures takes place over the weekend of Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July for 16-19 year-olds. Weekend passes are £12/£6 for students and Young Tyneside members. Find out more at

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