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Screen Stories – Archive Sessions

Sat 13 Jul 2024



FREE (Booking required)


2pm - 4pm

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Screen Stories – Archive Sessions


Dive into a newly digitised archive film footage from the 1930s-60s with filmmakers Xenia and Antosh and learn about the process of filmmaking.

Xenia and Antosh are creating a film using the ‘Exeter Phoenix Archive’, a mysterious collection of found footage recorded decades ago on 16mm film… And we want you to help shape the final film!

We’ll be engaging with sequences of archive footage, creating responses, characters and telling stories to the images, guided through writing prompts, activities and conversation. These fun, active sessions are open to all aged 16+ and we welcome participants of all backgrounds and abilities, be you a film hobbyist, a curious archivist, a creative writer, or someone with an interest in heritage & history!

This session will run for 2 hours with comfort breaks throughout. All sequences of footage will be accessible through a shared link for ease of access.

Workshop Activities:

· Watching select parts of the ‘Exeter Phoenix Archive’.

· Discussing what we witness, thinking about the focus of the footage in terms of people and places and the differences/similarities that have arisen since the ’30s in how we document our everyday lives through film.

· Exploring the processes of making a film.

· Reflective & creative writing using sequences of the archive.

· Sharing and recording of any material the group are comfortable with contributing. Please note: sharing & recording is not mandatory and will be conducted as an opt-in process.


Antosh and Xenia are filmmakers, writers, and co-founders of Sleepwalker, a Dorset-based production company that was founded as a filmmaker collective in 2017. Antosh and Xenia’s films have premiered at the London Film Festival, the London Short Film Festival, and on BBC3.

Antosh & Xenia Headshots

The Phoenix Archive Project has been made possible thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Radcliffe Trust.


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