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REcreative Film School 2019

Re:creative Film School 2019

RECreative Film School 2019. Image courtesy Saeed Taji Farouky

REcreative Film School 2019 is led by Director, Saeed Taji Farouky and Paul Crook, Young People’s Programme Manager, South London Gallery. The film school takes place at the South London Gallery across five sessions and enables young filmmakers to explore creative filmmaking.

The film school sessions explore a range of forms: experimental feature film, short films, documentary, music video and artists’ moving image through practical workshops, screenings and talks by invited specialists working in the industry. The film school aims, above all, to demystify the industry and make it accessible to participants from backgrounds that are under-represented. It enables participants to gain basic practical experience of camera work, learn how to navigate the film industry, understand and analyse film structure and grammar, and develop their own unique storytelling voice.


  • Alice Campos
  • Ciro Puig Bonet
  • Daniel Owusu
  • Houra Javadi
  • Hussein Samih
  • Janay Stephenson
  • Jemmar Samuels
  • Jessica Murrain
  • Jordan Minga
  • Laura Davis
  • Miranda Mungai
  • Munesu Mukombe
  • Nonhlanhla Makuyana
  • Roanna Seekings
  • Sophia Siddiqui
  • Tamir Amar Pettet
  • Vanessa Okeowo


DAY 1 – Saturday 9 November

This first session covers story structure and the stages of film production, with guest Sally El Hosaini (writer and director, My Brother The Devil).

DAY 2 – Saturday 16 November

In the second week, learn about using the camera and working with actors with guest Joseph Adesunloye (writer and director, White Colour Black).

DAY 3 – Saturday 23 November

Guests Lucy Clout (winner Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella award) and Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Producer, Blue Story) explore art filmmaking.

DAY 4 – Saturday 30 November

Looking at art, music and advanced camera, this session features guests Maeve Brennan (winner, Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella award), Ufuoma Essi (former RECreative student who recently screened her film All That You Can’t Leave Behind at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) and Giacomo Esposito (former RECreative student, who has recently directed ads for brands including Ticketmaster, River Island and Dazed Digital).

DAY 5 – Saturday 7 December

This final session covers documentary concepts and distribution with artist Ayo Akingbade (who recently presented work at ICA, London and Lincoln Centre, New York).

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RECreative Film school is a free opportunity for young filmmakers.

Saeed Taji Farouky has been making films since 1998. His work focuses on issues of human rights, conflict and colonialism, often with reference to his Palestinian/ Egyptian background. In 2011 he was named a Senior TED Fellow for his documentary work. He has been teaching film and photography for over 10 years and was previously named an Artist-In-Residence at the British Museum and Tate Britain. His latest documentary, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year premiered at the Berlinale 2015 where it was awarded the Panorama Audience Choice Award. Emmy-winning producer Jamie Doran said ‘I have never come across a more emotional, gritty, authentic and brave film than this.’

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