Sky Arts showcasing the work of ten Coventry filmmakers - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Sky Arts showcasing the work of ten Coventry filmmakers

Ryan Smith 18th May, 2022

SKY Arts are now screening ‘Unlocked’, a new series of ten short films that will showcase some of Coventry’s filmmakers of the future.

Sky Arts awarded ten commissions to create a series of short films last year focusing around the theme of freedom.

The first set of films aired on television for the first time on May 16 at 11pm, with the next five airing on May 23 at the same time.

The films will showcase a variety of elements including drama, dance, poetry, love, despair and freedom.

The project is a collaboration between Sky Arts and Arts Council England, Coventry City of Culture Trust, The Space and Shoot Festival.

It was designed to celebrate Coventry’s year as the UK’s City of Culture and to unlock the potential in a diverse group of local artists.

Artists were invited to submit their short film ideas by answering what it means to be free.

Each chosen artist was given mentoring and support from industry professionals to help them in their films production.

Next Monday’s lineup includes Alexandra Johnson’s short film, ‘Widow’s Might’ which follows a Coventry woman who had given up everything to look after her dying husband, but his death unlocks her life.

Viewers will also get to watch Boaz Adelekan’s ‘It Starts With Me’, which uses the spoken word to delve into the difficulties of manhood.

The film shows a young black man who tries to feel free through identifying his fears and reflecting on the stabbing of his friend.

Sky Arts director Phil Edgar-Jones said: “We really have been impressed by the films, they’re all so rich in narrative and diverse in nature.

“The films truly have unlocked an enormous amount of creative talent from across the Coventry region.

“I’m delighted that Sky Arts is able to provide a platform on which we can showcase and celebrate their stories.”

Coventry City of Culture Trusts creative director Chenine Bhathena added: “This selection of new short films represent many different voices and views of the world, from a range of Coventry based creatives – stories that are local but global in their resonance.”

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