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Reel Lives

image of multi coloured silhouettes made out of swirls

21 January – 13 February 2019
Free and open to all

Reel Lives reflects on how people co-exist in modern society. This festival of screen and sound portrays different modes of gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and disability identity.

Filmmakers, animators, sound and visual artists, and VR and game designers invite audiences to participate and experience the world through the lens of identity, diversity and locality.

Presented by the Screen School at London College of Communication, Reel Lives will feature an inclusive and diverse programme of screenings, workshops, discussions, performances, interactive activities and more.


22 January: Launch Night Events 
22 January: Screenings and Panel Discussion – Why We Are More Than Black Filmmakers
22 January: Performance – Here, there and in-between: Concert 1, Voices – material and virtual
22 – 29 January: Workshops – In here, I am: Creating Virtual Identities – Collaborative Virtual Reality Project 
24 January: Screenings – Creativity and Diversity: a celebration of one decade of LCC PhD student films
28 January: Screening and Q&A – Hit So Hard
29 January: Podcast – VR Ethics and Agency: Conversations on Immersion, Accessibility and the Democratisation of VR
30 January: Performance – Here, there and in-between: Concert 2, There
4 – 8 February: Workshops – Tyrus Wong: A Celebration of Colour, Light and Life
4 February: Screening and Panel Discussion – Element 1: Amateur, DIY and ‘Imperfect’ filmmaking
5 – 13 February: Workshops – Diverse Experiences: The Play-Jam
7 February: Performance – Here, there and in-between: Concert 3, Here
7 February: Screening – Hale County, This Morning, This Evening
12 February: Screening – Tyrus
12 February: Screening and Panel Discussion – Who Speaks for the Homeless?
13 February: Screening and Q&A – The Hard Stop 


Reel Lives will feature a showcase of works across the gallery spaces at London College of Communication, including a special Reel Lives pop-up cinema.

Works from students, staff, and artists will span sound arts and design, short film, documentary, animation and more.

Guests are invited to explore the works on show, or take a seat for a series of short films showing in the pop-up cinema, grouped into themes throughout the exhibition run.

Pop-up cinema programme:

21 – 25 January: Beyond Nollywood
28 January – 1 February: Aesthetica Short Film Festival selection
4 – 13 February: Noise & In/Visible 3.00

Open 21 January – 13 February, Monday to Friday (11am-7pm), free and open to all.