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
WORLDbytes Citizen TV makers receiving awards for their efforts at Stoke Newington town hall. Congratulations to Lara Slyce, Joanna Walsh and Fraser Myers!
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.
NEW VOLUNTEERS INTRODUCTORY EVENING: Thursday 16th March 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 short, Easter 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.
FREE FILM SCREENING: Every Cook Can Govern at the WORLDwrite centre, Saturday 8th April, 3pm followed by a Q&A
This is a unique opportunity to see Every Cook Can Govern on the life, impact & works of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James who died in Brixton in 1989. See the trailer here. To book a place, please click here.
CAMERA TRAINING: Sunday 9th April, 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.
SHOOT: Don’t Shout at the Telly on Human rights, Tuesday 11th April, 3pm-9.30pm
The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which came into force in 1953, was motivated by the desire to prevent the worst abuses of the Second World War. Today, the body that rules on the Convention, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), has broadened the application of rights to ever more areas and groups, with many suggesting that this has gone way beyond the proper scope of the Convention, undermining democracy and the sovereignty of nations. Meanwhile, the current Conservative government in the UK is committed to scrapping the Human Rights Act, in favour of a British Bill of Rights. In this on the sofa programme, we will discuss whether the Human Rights Act is an effective way to protect our rights. To take part as a discussant, you will need to come to a preparatory meeting at our centre in Hackney on Wednesday 5th April at 7.30pm to discuss the content and collect reading material. It will be challenging, fun and promises to raise vital debate as a programme. If you fancy the idea we’d love to hear from you.
SHOOT: Views on the Street: Abolish the House of Lords? Wednesday 12th April, 10am-5pm
The House of Lords is the UK’s unelected second chamber. Before any legislation can become law in the UK it must be approved by the Lords, even if it has already been passed by the House of Commons. It allows an unelected and undemocratic body to shape the country’s politics, giving power to peers who cannot be held to account by a constituency or fear of not facing re-election – especially when many hold their seat for life. Is it time it was abolished? We will be asking the public on camera. Click here to join the crew.
SHOOT: BOOKS & BUNS: Revolting!: How the Establishment are Undermining Democracy and What They’re Afraid Of, Thursday 13th April, 3.30pm-8.30pm
Today we’ll be filming a discussion with author Mick Hume on his latest book entitled Revolting! This is a short, sharp intervention in the crucial debate about the future of democracy, which has been brought to a head by events from Brexit to the Trump phenomenon. To take part as a discussant, you will need to come to a preparatory meeting at our centre in Hackney on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm to discuss the content and collect the book to read. Click here to join the crew.
PROMOTION: Tuesday 18th April, 2-5pm OR 7-9.30pm
It is tempting to think that if you make a great video the world will just watch it. But in reality, how will anyone ever know about it? Mainstream channels have huge budgets to market the TV they produce, our charity has no budget at all but we won’t let that stop us. With your help we can encourage the world to watch our challenging videos. We’d be delighted to see you at our centre for a promotion session where you can make a big difference. Please email us if you wish to help out.
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: Thursday 20th 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 Tuesday 25th April 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.
FILM PROJECT: Extremism and the “Prevent” Strategy
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 so-called “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, shouldn’t we try instead to win hearts and minds through the promotion of universal values especially free speech, democracy and tolerance? Please let us know if you are interested in joining this film project. We’d be thrilled to have you on board!
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.