You Can’t Move History: Pollyanna Ruiz, University of Sussex
You Can’t Move History was inspired by Long Live South Bank’s campaign to save a space in central London called the “undercroft” from being redeveloped. The film is part of a project into why successive generations of skaters have felt so strongly about this skating spot and how they have communicated these feelings to the wider public.
We drew upon a large body of archival material, including planning documents, newspaper reports and social media to inform the questions we asked the skaters. It was this detailed research that enabled us to elicit exactly why history could not be moved.
The film was collaboratively produced and features a mixed media of video, photos and documents combined with contemporary footage from many contributors. Editing together super wide-angle tracking shots with the clattering sounds of the undercroft created an evocative and unusually immersive experience that encapsulates key elements of the skater’s experience.
AWA: Zimbabwe’s Rap Queen: Max Thurlow, Noisey Raps
Rising rap star AWA tells her story as she prepares to perform at Zimbabwe hip-hop festival, Shoko, in the capital Harare. Her journey has taken her from one of the poorest ghettos in the country to impending success.
Caterthuns: Kieran Baxter, University of Dundee
Two prehistoric hill forts in the Grampian Mountains in Scotland are filmed from the air using aerial photography and reconstructed using digital techniques.
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160 Characters: Victoria Mapplebeck, Royal Holloway, University of London
After discovering an old series of text messages with a former partner, Mapplebeck’s film tells the story of dating, breaking up and dealing with unplanned pregnancy. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6.
They Call Us Maids – The Domestic Worker’s Story: Leeds Animation Workshop and Amy Charlesworth, The Open University
An animated film telling the stories of migrant domestic workers and their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse.
Timeline: Sara Penrhyn Jones, Bath Spa University
Comprising footage collected during seven years of climate activism, the film is a journey through Greenland’s melting landscapes to the low-lying South Pacific island of Kiribati.
Spiritual Flavours: Laura Cuch, University College London
Told using the experience of cooking in the home, the film follows Betty, Aziz and Ossie as they cook, eat and pray in their Catholic, Muslim and Jewish communities.
People Like Us: Tina Gharavi, Newcastle University
Academic and BAFTA-nominated Tina Gharavi follow former US death row prisoners coming to terms with life after being exonerated and released after wrongful convictions.
Amanda Ravetz, Senior Research Fellow, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University; Pollyanna Ruiz, Lecturer in Media and Communications., University of Sussex, and Sue Sudbury, Senior Lecturer in Television and Film Production, Bournemouth University
This article was originally published on The Conversation.