How has the moving image been used to agitate for change in working conditions? Our 2018 Artist in Residence Samuel Stevens presents archive workers’ films by little-known 1930s group the Film and Photo League alongside contemporary campaign and workers' films, and a discussion with researchers and activists around some of the topical issues, such as welfare rights, which link the films and politics of the 1930s with the present day.
We are working with Stevens on a commission for a feature film about the Film & Photo League: working people who took up cameras as a means to document life as it really was, as opposed to the official version of the newsreels. Stevens will be in Newcastle over summer to meet with community groups and arts organisations and uncover the League’s activities on Tyneside as part of his research for the film.
Image credits: ©Film and Photo League Archive
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