An inclusive programme of free screenings, workshops, talks and performances explores the diversity within the screen industries – taking place in Elephant and Castle throughout January and February. 

London College of Communication, UAL presents Reel Lives, exploring themes including gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and disability identity in film, VR, games, sound and animation.

Members of the public are invited to attend free screenings of feature length films and documentaries, take part in group Virtual Reality sessions, experience performances from leading sound artists, listen to discussions from black filmmakers and on areas including homelessness, and take part in a fun games jam. 

Dionne Walker, filmmaker, lecturer and curator of Reel Lives, said: 

“Through Reel Lives, we are exploring work that brings a diverse range of voices, perspectives and a fresh narrative that is trying to level the playing field. 

“The festival encompasses an inclusive line-up that represents many subverted identities of all ages and abilities, highlighting a diverse spectrum of communities produced by virtual reality designers, sound artists, filmmakers, animators, and games creators. As a woman of colour, I’m particularly interested in highlighting the work of black women artists and filmmakers, as well as those from the LGBTQI+ communities. 

“We’re hoping that members of the public can explore an otherly world, and through modes of collaborative visual lensing, soundscapes, and screen activities they leave Reel Lives re- energised with alternative perspectives away from mainstream industry, as well as a taster of what we do here at LCC.” 

London College of Communication, UAL, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB until February 13th. Admission: Free (Booking necessary)

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