Watch the films

“The young filmmakers of tomorrow” Joey Levenson, HERO

Watch a selection of short films and get a taster of what to expect in Playback. Created by emerging artist filmmakers from across England, all aged under 25, these ground-breaking shorts deal with a range of contemporary themes such as female creativity, the beauty of the urban jungle, industrial cultures and the lesser-known stories of modern-day migration.

FAG by Danni Spooner | FIRST ACTS

Dani Spooner

A rebellious, gender-fluid reflection on the cis-gendered society we exist in, playing with ideas of political correctness via the medium of dance.


The Boneyard by Nathan Glendinning | FIRST ACTS

The Boneyard
Nathan Glendinning

A eulogy for the industrial past of South Shields that combines documentary audio with newly shot sequences.

LUX by Issy Snailham | FIRST ACTS

Issy Snailham

Set in 1970s England, an introverted young boy discovers the transcendental and alluring brilliance of Bowie. Winner of the Best Film by a 16-18 year old award at the 10th BFI Future Film Festival 2017.

FIRST ACTS: Elmaz Ekrem & Dominika Ożyńska

The Law of the Sea
Elmaz Ekrem & Dominika Ożyńska

An animation tells the story of the refugee crisis from the often unheard perspective of the fisherman on the island of Lesvos, Greece.