Brighton Film City

11 Nov – 3 Dec 2016 University of Brighton Gallery

Screen Archive South East and CINECITY present ‘Brighton Film City’ an exhibition of new work from Hong-Kong based media artist Choi Sai-Ho (Brighton is Our Playground), film-maker Lizzie Thynne (Brighton: Symphony of a City) with a musical score by composer Ed Hughes alongside newly digitised archive film from Brighton in the 1940s shot by Winston Robinson and immersive virtual reality images from Driftwood360.

Visit the Free exhibition at the University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade
opening 11 Nov – 3 Dec
Tuesdays – Fridays, 12-7pm
Saturdays, 11am,-4pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Presented in partnership with Videoclub and Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (Experimental Motion). Screen Archive South East (SASE) is part of the University of Brighton and based within the College of Arts and Humanities.



Choi Sai-Ho: Brighton is our Playground

This installation presents three works by the Hong-Kong based artist Choi Sai-Ho. Brighton is Our Playground is his latest film and it was developed during a month-long residency in Brighton in the summer of 2016. Choi works extensively with edited and overlaid found footage combined with his compositions of electronica sounds. The interplay between contemporary sound and archive image combines to create a poetic portrait of the city. Brighton is Our Playground is presented here as part of Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation, now on display at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Commissioned by videoclub in partnership with Screen Archive South East and Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Directed, composed & edited by Choi Sai-Ho. Audio mastered by Anthony Yeung.


Brighton Film City

For over a century film-makers have been inspired to make films in Brighton. By using a range of technologies, shooting at different times and in special places, working in back & white and colour, fascinated by the connections between people and places, this work explores Brighton in the past and in the present.

DRIFTWOOD 360 Brighton artists and tech companies are now using VR/Film360 to explore a new visual frontier. For CINECITY 2016, Driftwood 360 have created new panoramas of Brighton in response to the themes, images, places and people found in the film collection of Screen Archive South East. Music by Kevin Matthews.

SCREEN ARCHIVE SOUTH EAST: WINSTON ROBINSON This is a compilation drawn from three films made from 1940 to 1945 by Winston Robinson, the General Manager of Brighton Corporation Transport. Shot on 16mm film, they feature dog fights in the sky, destroyed homes and buildings, Tank Week in 1942 and Princess Elizabeth opening a new wing of the Royal Alexandra Hospital on 4 December 1945. These edited silent films are representative of Robinson’s work as the town’s most significant cinematographer throughout the Second World War.

BRIGHTON: SYMPHONY OF A CITY (2016) Commissioned by this year’s Brighton Festival, this modern take on the ‘city symphony’ is a portrait of Brighton in music and images. Made by film-maker Lizzie Thynne and composer Ed Hughes, it animates daily activities and extraordinary events from dawn to dusk, echoing the silent classic, Berlin Symphony of a City (1927).


Archive film digitised with the support of the British Film Institute’s Unlocking Film Heritage Fund.

BFI Unlocking Film Heritage


Screen Archive South East (SASE) is part of the University of Brighton and based within the College of Arts and Humanities.

University of Brighton Arts and Humanities