Saturday 10 April | 13:00 - 14:30 | Zoom webinar
This event is free but must be booked through Eventbrite.

How can you use archival film to inspire and inform new stories? Filmmaker and artist Esther Johnson leads this workshop on the creative re-use of archive film, in collaboration with the Make Film History project, which makes available archive films from the BBC, BFI National Archive, Irish Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen for educational use by young filmmakers. Using examples from Johnson's own films and Make Film History collection, the workshop will demonstrate the rich potential of using archive footage in developing fresh work. 

You can sign up to the Make Film History project here: 

To accompany this workshop we are also screening Esther Johnson's 2016 documentary Asunder, about the impact of the First World War on a town in the North East of England. Anyone booking onto this workshop will receive a free ticket to watch the film, available on the Leeds Film Player from 29 March - 30 April.

In partnership with the Make Film History project, funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council.

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Supported and presented in collaboration with Hyde Park Picture House

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Colm McAuliffe, Researcher, Make Film History

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Colm has over 10 years’ film programming and booking experience in the UK and Ireland. He has also worked as consultant on a variety of festivals across Europe and is an experienced film critic, writing for The Guardian, Sight & Sound, New Statesman and many more. Past work includes collaborations with Academy Award nominated composer Mica Levi, electronic pioneers Wrangler, and avant-garde artist Jennifer Walshe, incorporating their artistic work into cinematic and non-­cinematic events and festivals.


Esther Johnson, Filmmaker & Artist

Prof. Esther Johnson

Professor of Film and Media Arts in the Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Esther's work is at the intersection of artist moving image and documentary where she reveals stories that may otherwise remain hidden or ignored. Her films have been exhibited in over 40 countries and Esther has written for many art and culture publications. 


Shane O'Sullivan, Head of Film and Photography, Kingston School of Art

Shane O'Sullivan