Cambridge-based filmmaker Samuel Stevens is our Artist in Residence for 2018. We are working with Stevens on a commission for a feature film about a little-known 1930s group called the Film & Photo League: working people who took up cameras as a means to document life as it really was, as opposed to the official version of the newsreels. Stevens will be in Newcastle over summer to meet with community groups and arts organisations and uncover the League’s activities on Tyneside as part of his research for the film.
For this event, Stevens will present archive films alongside documentation of his research, with a discussion around some of the topical issues, such as welfare rights, which link workers’ films of the 1930s with the present day.
Image credits: ©Film and Photo League Archive
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