Silver Screen

From January – July 2018, Carousel and Screen Archive South East collaborated on a film project called Silver Screen. Carousel worked with local SEN schools – Downs Park School, Downsview Lifeskills Link College and Headstart School. We showed early films from Brighton and Hove from pioneering filmmakers George Albert Smith and James Williamson from the 1900’s to inspire young people to make their own short film.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we worked with 30 students from these schools to produce short films informed by the heritage material. We ran workshops including filmmaking (lead by Carousel artists Tina Dickinson and Jason Eade), foley sound effects and soundtrack skills. The students also worked with the Carousel House Band to produce the music to their films.

The schools ended up making four films, which were screened at Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts alongside their early film counterparts. The films then went on tour in the Modern Marvels Travelling Film Booth. They were shown at venues across the region, including The Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Library, Depot Cinema, The Garden Café, St.Anne’s Well, Brighton Film school, Brighthelm Café’, Community Base and Saint Augustine’s Centre.

The Modern Marvels Travelling Film Booth was accompanied by a hand drawn map by local artist Helen Cann. The map highlights key locations in Brighton & Hove where early films were made and produced.

The Modern Marvels film package is available to hire, you will receive the 4 films made by the young people and the 4 heritage films from the Screen Archive Southeast. It is a 20 minute loop and available on a DVD which we can send you. If you would like to hire it please contact us.

You can watch the films the students made here:

The project was tremendous fun and required the pupils to try out a range of new creative experiences that they might not ever have tried. The people from Carousel were really engaging and worked with us in an encouraging and enabling way, showing sensitivity towards the pupils’ wide range of needs. We would welcome them back in a flash.

Sophie Stewart

Teacher, Downs Park