The Spirit of '13

The Spirit of ’13 is a short film project for young people in the United Kingdom aged 25 and under.  For A Level students, subject curriculum links include Media Studies, Citizenship, History, Government and Politics, Art, Performing Arts and English. But the project is open to everyone in the age range.   

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, in collaboration with Sixteen Films, The Media Education Association and Media Magazine, invited anyone aged 25 and under to share short films (3-5 minutes) in response to the issues raised by Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45, a film which “movingly argues that we should look to the past for a better future” (Dave Calhoun, Time Out).

A selection of the films produced were selected for public screening and discussion with the team behind The Spirit of ’45 in London in December 2013.

The Event

On 6th December 2013, CEMP convened a screening and panel discussion at the British Film Institute, with the Spirit of 13 film makers, Ken Loach and Rebecca O'Brien from Sixteen Films, Dr Jonathon Tomlinson and Dot Gibson, who appeared in The Spirit of '45 and an inter-generational audience who took part in an open forum about issues arising from the young peoples' films. The panel discussion was chaired by CEMP's Mark Readman and the film of the event was produced by a crew led by Bournemouth University student Daniel Weissman.

View the film of the event, including the panel discussion and the Spirit of 13 films screened on the day, here: