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Featured Artist – Thomas Payton-Greene

When Standing in a Queue by Thomas Payton-Greene Filmmaker Thomas Payton-Greene creates both documentary films and artist moving image work that explores the absurdity of life and human existence. His stylish visuals and super-dry sense of humour are deployed to brilliant effect in When Standing in a Queue, a semi-autobiographical tale of a man whose acid-sharp inner… Read More »

Filmmaker blog: Akeim Buck

  Akeim is one of 24 young artists currently making films as part of year 2 of Random Acts North, and wrote the blog below after attending our most recent residential talent development weekend at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. My name is Akeim Toussaint Buck, I am a Jamaican born citizen of Leeds, UK. I… Read More »

Random Acts North is going on tour!

Join us at one of our FREE workshops in Hull, Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds to find out how you can make a film that could end up on Channel 4. Workshops are open to anyone aged 16-24 living or studying in the North of England, whether you’re an experienced filmmaker or have an ambition to make your first… Read More »

Featured Artist – Jamal Gerald

Performance artist Jamal Gerald makes his moving image debut with Let’s Walk, a short film made for Random Acts Network Centre North which explores how two different people – one male and black, and one female and white – have different experiences of privilege. Jamal Gerald is a performance artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially… Read More »

Featured Artist: Alex Ayre

The Brink by Alex Ayre In this conceptual dance film that combines choreographed performance and archive footage, director Alex Ayre takes award-winning dancer Connor Scott to some of the venues and places that shaped him as a person and a performer. Alex Ayre is an award-winning documentary filmmaker working for Northern Stars Production, based at… Read More »

Featured Artist: Sarah Winslett

Noise by Sarah Winslett  Sarah Winslett is an artist and filmmaker living in the North East of England. Her stylish and dynamic film Noise explores feelings of anxiety, frustration, anger, suffocation and, ultimately, exposure and vulnerability in relation to the overwhelming noise created by the constant presence of technology in our lives. You can browse Sarah’s work… Read More »

Featured Artists: Sandfield Park School Film Club

TechNO by Sandfield Park School Film Club Let’s start a revolution! Let’s get rid of teachers and replace them with technology! A witty and sharply observed sci-fi film, TechNO explores the near future where everything from home economics to sport are delivered by a substitute teacher like none you’ve ever seen. This short film was… Read More »

Featured Artist: Josh Hawkins

Today we’re featuring director and choreographer Josh Hawkins, whose dreamscape dance film ‘The Blackest Day’ explores fragmented memories of broken soldiers. Taking inspiration from the Kendal Pals – soldiers from Cumberland and Westmorland who fought in the Battle of the Somme in World War I – ‘The Blackest Day’ struggles through distant memories to re-connect to… Read More »

Featured Artist: Denice Chung

It’s Not The Sunset by Denice Chung Today we’re featuring the work of visual artist Denice Chung, whose Random Acts short film It’s Not The Sunset captures a contemplative and revealing moment in a young woman’s life through a striking union of spoken word poetry and intimate, evocative images. Denice is an artist and writer working predominantly… Read More »

Featured Artist – Cathy Garner

Lip Service by Cathy Garner  Our featured artist today is Cathy Garner, whose short film Lip Service is a rumination on the tension between intimacy and alienation. It’s about being too much in your head when you’re meant to be in another’s. Cathy Garner is an accidental solipsist with a penchant for bad puns. She… Read More »

Featured Artist – Paul Trickett

Zero Space by Paul Trickett Today’s featured artist is animator Paul Trickett, whose film for Random Acts North was inspired by how architects in Mayan culture used space. Paul’s unsettling short film re-imagines zero space – the transitional place between the interior and exterior – as a house between the conscious and unconscious mind. Paul… Read More »

Filmmaker Q+A: Yandass Ndlovu

Yandass Ndlovu is a 20-year-old actor, director/choreographer, spoken word artist and creative activist in training. She is one of 24 young artists currently making films as part of year 2 of Random Acts North, and attended our most recent residential talent development weekend at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. Yandass is from Manchester but spent most… Read More »

Featured Artist: Raven Maguire

Doors of Perception by Raven Maguire  Combining fire-dancing, poetry, visual effects and a hint of sci-fi, spoken word artist Raven Maguire creates a symbolic celebration of a woman throwing off the shackles of fear that cage her mind. Follow Raven on Twitter @itsmeraven, or on Instagram at @ravenradha  

Featured Artist: Matthew Pickering

In A State of [Movement against Resistance] by Matthew Pickering In his Random Acts short film In A State Of…,  fine artist Matthew Pickering explores the anxieties induced by hospital environments through a combination of sculpture, performance and sound design. Matthew is a fine artist and filmmaker based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He recently graduated… Read More »

Featured Artist: Lunar Rising

Lunar’s F**ked Up Notion of a Dream by Lunar Rising A girl in a body bag. Angry farmers. Something strange in a box. Welcome to the weird world of Lunar Rising, a fashion photographer from Manchester who here recreates a powerful anxiety dream she had in her teens through a unique mixture of photography, live… Read More »

Featured Artist: Matt Miller

The Door to Door Poet by Matt Miller  Matt Miller’s film debut features performance poet Rowan McCabe as he goes door to door in Newcastle looking to create new work based on the inhabitants’ experiences. A film about fear, boundaries and connection, The Door-To-Door Poet celebrates the place art can have in people’s daily lives.… Read More »

Random Acts North and Channel Four showcase young Northern filmmaking talent

Twenty-three visionary short films made by talented young artists from the North of England as part of the first year of Random Acts are now being showcased in one place for the first time by Channel Four. The films form the centrepiece of Channel Four’s celebration of films commissioned by Random Acts Network Centre North, and… Read More »

Featured Artist: Jack Fisher

Away From Now by Jack Fisher Using innovative 360 degree camera technology, Jack Fisher’s short film Away From Now creates an unsettling immersive experience that allows the viewer to navigate their way through an everyday landscape of emptiness.

Filmmaker blog: Lizzie Klotz

Our latest blog post is by dance and theatre artist Lizzie J Klotz, whose short film To Suit, a quirky exploration of human mating rituals, was created by working in collaboration with dancers Alys North (above) and Charlie Dearnley and veteran natural history cameraman Paul Williams. You can watch Lizzie’s film below, and read more about her work… Read More »

Artist Mentor Q+A: Richard Fenwick

Ahead of this weekend’s Residential at Tyneside Cinema for young Random Acts North filmmakers, we spoke to  Richard Fenwick about his background, his role as an Artist Mentor and why young artists should apply to be part of Random Acts. A multi award-winning writer and director, Richard’s work is chiefly characterised by bold, imaginative storytelling,… Read More »

Filmmaker Q+A: Josh Hawkins

In the second of our interviews with Random Acts filmmakers we spoke to Josh Hawkins ahead of his short film The Blackest Day airing on Channel 4 on Thursday, 24 November 2016 at midnight. A dreamscape dance film exploring fragmented memories of broken soldiers, The Blackest Day takes inspiration from the Kendal Pals who fought… Read More »

Free event: How To Get Your Short Film Commissioned With Random Acts North

Thinking of applying to Random Acts? Join our team in Manchester this January to find out how you can be commissioned to make a film that could end up on Channel 4. 

Filmmaker Q+A: Nathan Glendinning

We caught up with Nathan Glendinning ahead of his Random Acts film The Boneyard, screening on Channel 4 on Thursday 17 November 2016 at midnight. In The Boneyard Nathan creates a eulogy for the industrial past of his home town of South Shields, combining audio from research trips with newly shot sequences that explore the… Read More »

Information Session

We are visiting Leeds University for an information session on Thursday 28th January at 1pm; a great opportunity for students to find out about us and ask any questions they might have about the application process and turning their ideas into short films.

Information Session

We are visiting Liverpool John Moore’s University for an information session on Wednesday 3rd February at 1pm; a great opportunity for students to find out about us and ask any questions they might have about the application process and turning their ideas into short films.

Watch This Space…

We’re excited about our upcoming workshops including a Writer’s Workshop at New Writing North, and further Random Acts Workshops at Hull Truck Theatre, HOME Manchester, Signal Film and Media in Barrow-in-Furness, Leading Link in Bedlington, Northumberland, and Manchester Film Festival! Be sure to keep an eye out for these and more exciting things to come!

Random Acts Workshop – County Durham

Join us at Jack Drum Arts 5-7pm on Wednesday 2 March to find out how you can apply to make a short film as part of the Random Acts North training programme with the opportunity to have your film broadcast on Channel 4.   During the workshop you will learn techniques to help you generate your… Read More »

Random Acts Workshop – Sheffield

Join us at Theatre Delicatessen 5-7pm on Tuesday 26 January to find out how you can apply to make a short film as part of the Random Acts North training programme with the opportunity to have your film broadcast on Channel 4.   During the workshop you will learn techniques to help you generate your… Read More »

Random Acts Workshop – Lancaster

Join us at The Dukes 5-7pm on Thursday 21 January to find out how you can apply to make a short film as part of the Random Acts North training programme with the opportunity to have your film broadcast on Channel 4.   During the workshop you will learn techniques to help you generate your own short… Read More »

Random Acts Workshop – Huddersfield

Join us at The Lawrence Batley Theatre 7-9pm on Monday 11 January to find out how you can apply to make a short film as part of the Random Acts North training programme with the opportunity to have your film broadcast on Channel 4.   During the workshop you will learn techniques to help you… Read More »

We’re at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival!

We will officially be launching year two of the programme at the brilliant Aesthetica Short Film Festival on Friday 6 November in York. We’ll be running a drop-in information session from 3:30-5pm at York St John University alongside ASFF’s masterclass series which welcomes speakers from major film organisations including creative agency White Lodge, the Association of… Read More »

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