We are very pleased to announce the winner of our Picturehouse Members Short Film Competition – a contest that gave all of our Members the opportunity to write a short film to be shown before each full-length feature in our cinemas.
The competition, devised in partnership with creative agency McCann London, launched in January and we were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries. We received over 400 original story treatments relating to the theme of ‘belonging’.
We’re thrilled to present the winning film, We Rise – the brainchild of Rosie Baldwin, a Member of The Ritzy in Brixton. The film is a short documentary about a rock band from Eastbourne, East Sussex, called Delta Seven. It tells the uplifting story of how seven individuals with learning disabilities have come together to express themselves through music and challenge stereotypes.
Rosie said: “It’s been an amazing opportunity to make a film I’m very passionate about. For it to be shown in cinemas nationwide is an incredible platform, not only for me as a filmmaker but also for the band, who really deserve the chance to show everyone just how great they are.”
The Picturehouse Members’ Film Competition was judged by industry luminaries, including the award-winning director of Senna and Amy, Asif Kapadia; the legendary producer of Skyfall and Spectre, Barbara Broccoli; Ben Roberts, the director of the BFI Film Fund; Gurinder Chadha, the director of Bend It Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice; and TV presenter Edith Bowman.
The prize for winning the competition was to have We Rise professionally produced and shown on all Picturehouse cinema screens to millions of people throughout the year.
We Rise premiered at Picturehouse Central on Tuesday 27 September and, from Friday 30 September, will be shown in Picturehouse Cinemas across the land. Let us know what you think of Rosie’s film by tweeting @Picturehouse and including #WeRise.
You can find out more about Picturehouse Membership here.