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Young filmmakers win major £10,000 commission from Tyneside Cinema’s Random Acts North talent development project

Posted in Cinema News, Art, Learning on Aug 17, 2017

Image: (L-R) Winning artist filmmakers Thomas Payton-Greene, Yandass Ndlovu and Sam Jones, pictured at Tyneside Cinema. Image credit: Dee Chaneva. 


Tyneside Cinema is delighted to announce the two winning entries for its £10,000 Random Acts North Moving Image Commission. 

The winning projects were chosen by a panel of expert judges from six shortlisted moving image based project proposals, which were all pitched to a live audience as the culmination of the Random Acts North: Creative Futures two-day training and development weekend for young artists.


Each project will now receive £10,000, including a £1,000 artist’s fee, to support the young artist filmmakers turning their ideas into a reality, as well as support from art and film professionals.

This is an opportunity for the winning artists to create a major new piece of work that significantly develops their profiles, voices and practice as an artist and filmmaker.

The two winning projects were YANDASS, a docu-dance film exploring truth and performance by Yandass Ndlovu and Sam Jones, aged 21, and 19, and SOCIAL NORMS? BE HUMAN!, an ironic project by 25-year-old filmmaker Thomas Payton-Greene aimed at addressing issues of masculinity in the style of a public information film.

All three young filmmakers have previously made films for Random Acts Network Centre North, a joint initiative by Arts Council England and Channel 4 to develop young people’s creative talent and provide them with entry points to the arts and creative industries.

The commission was open to alumni of the Random Acts Network Centre North programme, which is delivered by Tyneside Cinema in conjunction with HOME in Manchester and True North in Leeds, one of the region’s leading production companies.

Yandass and Sam said: "We feel so honoured to get the commission and want to thank all the team at Random Acts North. The project is all about how people can collaborate, so we're buzzing to get started creating our film, as dancer and filmmaker together."

Thomas Payton Greene said: “I feel very proud, strong and eager to make this project a huge success. This commission is the next big step in my career as an artist. The money will allow me the time and resources to make my work, but equally important is the support and mentorship I will receive from the Random Acts North network, and the irreplaceable shot of confidence and self-belief that this gives me in my own abilities.

Tyneside Cinema Acting Chief Executive, Holli Keeble said: “The panel were extremely excited by the potential of the collaboration between Yandass and Sam, exploring creativity, collaboration and artistic practices.”

“Thomas is developing a very strong artistic voice, addressing serious themes with highly stylised aesthetic and dark humour that makes his work timely and accessible, evidenced by his previous Random Acts film. The panel were very keen to see how he would apply this to the complex thematic presented – masculinity.”

YANDASS is a short film combining dance, art and documentary. Filmmaker Yandass Ndlovu doesn’t feel comfortable in her own skin yet and wants this to change, so decides to get out and explore the world to find something… but what that thing is, even she doesn’t know yet.

SOCIAL NORMS? BE HUMAN! examines everyday human behaviour and specifically modern ideas of masculinity, in order to undermine some of the negative social norms and pressures faced in the modern day. The film will encourage the audience to be more open, tolerant and empathetic towards others.

The Creative Futures event hosted at Tyneside Cinema was designed to support young artists and filmmakers who have already made films or are in the process of making work through one of the Random Acts Network Centres, as well as young artists from outside of the Random Acts programme. The event featured masterclasses, workshops and panel talks with a range of professionals from the film and art world.

The event coincided with the arrival at Tyneside Cinema of Playback, a new interactive exhibition bringing together over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers, many of which were made and produced in the North.

As well as the Moving Image Commission, Random Acts North supports its young filmmakers with a year-round programme of micro / research & development commissions, professional development bursaries, industry events, and mentorships. More information about Random Acts North can be found at www.randomactsnorth.org

All the existing Random Acts short films can be watched on Channel 4’s website at randomacts.channel4.com/

To find out more about Sam Jones’ work please visit www.samjonesfilms.com or follow Sam on Twitter @SamJonesFilms. Follow Thomas Payton-Greene on Twitter @TPaytonGreene or visit http://www.northernfilm.co.uk/.

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