News & Events
C.L.R. James documentary selected to screen at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles
We are delighted that our documentary, Every Cook Can Govern, has been selected to screen for its USA premiere at the Pan African festival in Los Angeles, which runs from 9th-17th February 2017. More details are available on the festival website here. This is the first film to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James who died in Brixton in 1989. For information about future screenings, please visit our knowledge portal here. The DVD is available in our online shop here. We also have NTSC versions for those outside the UK here.
WORLDbytes feature in Arsenal FC’s Matchday Programme
We are delighted to feature in Arsenal’s Matchday Programme. The Arsenal Foundation has supported WORLDbytes innovative VIEWSBOX project, to upskill young people to film and interview the public on key issues from freedom to homelessness. Click here to read more.
Idox Innovation Awards
It’s not just our volunteers that our picking up awards, our charity is too. WORLDwrite’s ‘Young Citizen TV Makers’ project has been selected as a ‘Rising Star’ at the Idox Innovation Awards. The project was selected by the Awards Panel based on our ability to demonstrate a creative and forward-thinking approach to improving the life of our community.
In the words of the panel, “Young Citizen TV Makers was a professional project which demonstrated wide scope, impressive reach, good partnership working and the ability to teach valuable skills to young people.”
Jack Petchey Achievement Awards
Congratulations to Nebeyatt Betre and Natalia Kosmala for their Jack Petchey Achievement Award and for all their hard work.
FESTIVAL WINNING VIDEO: CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CREW
Congratulations to all crew who helped make our spoof series on immigration. We have just heard that we won Best Activist Fiction at the Radical Film Festival! We’re delighted too with the below comment from the judges. You can watch the video here.
NEW PARTNERS: Bett Futures 2017
We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Bett Futures 2017, the home of the world’s most inspiring ed-tech start-ups. This is a very exciting opportunity for our volunteer-learner crews to be part of. The details are here and we hope we’ll see many of you there.
FILM GENRES & HISTORY, LECTURE & LAUNCH, Wednesday 19th April, 7.30pm
WORLDwrite’s film library launch & guest lecture with Dr Graham Barnfield, author and Senior Lecturer in Journalism Arts and Digital Industries at UEL. Thanks to the bequest of Denis Joe O’Driscoll’s astonishing film collection, WORLDbytes volunteers can now borrow many ground breaking and rare films. The charity is delighted to host a guest lecture on film genres and greats, featuring clips from the collection to celebrate the launch of this wonderful resource. Please let us know if you are interested and can attend, so that we can set up accordingly.
Every Cook Can Govern in South Africa: Thursday 20th April, 6pm
We are delighted that our acclaimed feature length documentary Every Cook Can Govern will be screening at the University of the Free State in South Africa on Thursday 20th April at 6pm. To book a place, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN PRODUCTION MEETING: Wednesday 26th April, 7.30pm
For our Citizen TV programmes to keep pushing boundaries, it’s essential to generate new creative ideas and our volunteers always come up with great ones. At this open production meeting we’ll discuss ideas for programmes and line-ups for the year ahead. We’d love to see you at our centre for this special production meeting where your ideas will certainly count. Please let us know if you can attend by emailing us.
FILM PROJECT: The Centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution
In 1917, two revolutions completely changed the fabric of Russia. First, the February revolution toppled the Russian monarchy and established a Provisional Government, a popular phenomenon among Western elites. Then in October, a working class revolution put the Bolsheviks in power and Western elites freaked out. October 1917 shook the world, for some years showed great promise and inspired millions. A hundred years on, we appear to be suffering a powerful historical amnesia. Most commentators now discuss it as leading inevitably to Stalin’s gulags or even Hitler’s Holocaust. With this ‘History Matters’ film project, we aim to explore the broader importance of the revolution that ‘shook the world’ and reflect on the West’s reaction to it. This will include an overseas shoot. For all interested in joining the project, there will be a meeting on Wednesday 3rd May at 7.30pm at the WORLDwrite centre in Hackney. Please let us know if you are interested and can attend this meeting, so that we can set up accordingly.
NEW VOLUNTEERS INTRODUCTORY EVENING: Thursday 11th May at 7.30pm
If you are interested in becoming a WORLDwrite-WORLDbytes volunteer and Citizen TV maker, this introductory evening is for you. On the night we’ll give you an overview of our work, explain our training package and answer your questions. This meeting is a must for everyone wishing to volunteer and you’ll need to apply in good time as places fill up quickly. Click here to apply.
FUNDRAISING: Thursday 25th May, 2-5pm OR 7-10pm
Our charity relies on fundraising and donations to uniquely provide free training to our volunteer-learners; maintain film equipment and run our volunteer centre in Hackney. Stretched by the number of people who want to have their say and to learn the skills to create broadcast quality programmes, the charity urgently needs support. At these fundraising sessions, we will sort out donated books to be sold online to raise much needed cash for the charity. Interested? We’d love to hear from you.
SHOOT: Don’t Shout at the Telly: The General Election 2017, Wednesday 31st May, 3pm-9pm
Theresa May’s calling of a snap General Election for June 8 surprised many, and general elections should be the focus for a great debate about the kind of Britain people want, a fierce contest over issues from austerity to immigration to freedom. But do these issues make any sense if Brexit is still unresolved? What are the implications for democracy too if the people’s will is constantly deferred? This on the sofa shoot will give volunteers the opportunity to be ‘in front’ of the camera, to have their say on the election and raise pertinent questions. Articles will be circulated to help us all prepare thoughts and questions. Let us know if you would like to take part, as we’d be delighted to see you here and hear your thoughts.
CAMERA TRAINING: Sunday 4th June, 10am-6pm
This is an intensive training day where you will learn the basics of camera-work, lighting and sound. Volunteers wishing to take part need to have submitted an application form available here and attended an introductory evening. Existing volunteers, who wish to ‘top up’ on camera skills, please email us, to see if there are spaces.
FILM CLUB: Monday 5th June, 7.30pm
Cinemas? Who needs them when WORLDwrites very own film club has just been launched and will be screening a wide variety of titles – documentaries, classic cinema, short films, and art house features from around the globe–for free. This will be a unique opportunity for volunteers and community members to watch and discuss a different film every month. There will be snacks, popcorn and tea and coffee to encourage mingling too. For June we’re screening Le Corbeau, a film banned by the Nazis then the French and the Catholic church. Entrance is free but please contact us to reserve a seat. Our catalogue of films is also available to browse here.
SHOOT: Views on the Street: Election Results, Saturday 10th June, 10am-5pm
On this shoot, volunteers will be divided into crews and hit the streets to interview the public on the general election results. Persuading the public to speak to you and listening to their views is always an amazing experience and they are always better informed than we imagine. To take part in this shoot, volunteers need to attend a preparatory meeting on Thursday 8th June at 7.30pm. Email us to join the crew.
SHOOT: Food For Thought: Tolerance, Sunday 11th June, 3pm-9pm
It was the seventeenth-century English philosopher John Locke who first put the liberal ideal of tolerance. Locke sought to protect religious belief from state coercion. In its developed form, tolerance demands that we not only accept the right of people to live according to their beliefs and opinions, which are sometimes antithetical to our own, but that we also accept the right of people to express views that we may find loathsome. Outwardly today, we live in an era that appears more open-minded and tolerant than at any time in human history, at the same time society encourages intolerance of people who refuse to accept conventional wisdom. For this shoot we will discuss what tolerance should mean over a buffet with guests. Some volunteers will be on camera and others at the table with guests. To take part in this shoot, volunteers need to attend a preparatory meeting on Thursday 8th June at 7.30pm. If you fancy the idea, we’d love to hear from you.
SHOOT: Views on the Street: Prevent, Saturday 17th June, 10am-5pm
The key plank of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, known as “Prevent”, places a legal duty on local authorities, health authorities, schools, colleges, universities and prisons to identify people “at risk” of radicalisation and to alert them to the authorities or face penalties. The strategy defines extremism as any opposition to “British values, including democracy.” But should people be referred to the authorities simply because of the beliefs they hold? Instead of banning ideas and beliefs, could we try instead to win hearts and minds through the promotion of universal values like free speech, democracy and tolerance? On this shoot, volunteers will be divided into crews and hit the streets to interview the public on what they think of the Prevent strategy. To take part in this shoot, volunteers need to come to a preparatory meeting on Thursday 15th June at 7.30pm. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this film project. We’d be thrilled to have you on board!
SHOOT: Interviews on Prevent, Sunday 18th June, 10am-6pm
On this day, we will be filming key interviews for the Prevent programme we are making. To take part in this shoot, volunteers need to attend a preparatory meeting on Thursday 15th June at 7.30pm. Email us to join the crew.
PRODUCTION MEETING: Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm
For our Citizen TV programmes to keep pushing boundaries, it’s essential to generate new creative ideas and our volunteers always come up with great ones. At this production meeting we’ll discuss ideas for programmes and line-ups for the year ahead. We will also look at what’s been achieved over the past month and complete evaluations too. Please let us know if you can attend by emailing us.
ADMINISTRATION VOLUNTEERS WEDNESDAYS 11AM ONWARDS
There is always a voluminous amount of administrative work to be done at our centre, from promotion to research. If you are able to volunteer on any Tuesday or Wednesday please contact us and we’ll rope you in to great effect. We provide references for all volunteers who put the time in to help out. Please email Marisa Pereira if you are available.
Work Experience, placements and internships
As well as our regular volunteer-learner packages, we are delighted to now offer bespoke opportunities to would be interns, students seeking work experience or work placements. You will need to complete our online application here and email us explaining your interest and needs. Opportunities are filling up fast for this summer and even for the autumn, so do get in touch fast, if this interests you.
ON CALL CREWS FOR SHOOTS: WE REGULARLY NEED SHOOTERS & AUDIENCES FOR PROGRAMMES AT SHORT NOTICE
If you would like to join our on-call crew please email Marisa Pereira.