IDEA1- My Guest Post

It has recently been announced that this will be the last month of IDEA1’s operation. I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to them for always supporting the events I put on. I was the final guest editor for the site and wanted to post my top choices for events in the city this month here also:


Emily Steele’s Top 5 choices for March 2019

I’m a freelance filmmaker and director of Cine-Sister, which puts on film screenings and workshops promoting female identifying filmmakers. I am also a current Emerge Young Producer at Peterborough Presents planning a film festival that will launch later this year.

There’s so many amazing arts events happening in the city every month but here are just a few of my personal favourites:

1) CINE-SISTER FILM PREMIERE (7th March, 7pm, Open Door Baptist Church, Harris Street) & CINE-SISTER PETERBOROUGH WOMEN’S FESTIVAL (14th March, 7:30pm, Metal)

It would be silly for me to not shout out the two events, celebrating women filmmakers coming up with Cine-Sister. Over the past few months, I ran a mobile filmmaking course for women in Millfield in partnership with Peterborough Presents. Come along to this event to watch the final films and celebrate the work! There will also be guest speakers from the area sharing stories and insight into the themes of womanhood and local community. The event is completely free including (some rather fancy) refreshments.

For Cine-Sister’s second year participating in Peterborough Women’s Festival, Cine-Sister is putting on a free screening of international short films, by female identifying filmmakers in a leadership role. The evening will have a mixture of documentary, animation and fiction short films. Celebrating some of the best in contemporary short filmmaking. This event is also completely free!

Cine-Sister Film Premiere, 7th March

Cine-Sister Peterborough Women’s Festival 14th March


2) PETERBOROUGH WOMEN’S FESTIVAL (9th March, 11am-3pm, Peterborough Town Hall)

To celebrate Women’s History Month the Peterborough Trades Union Council are back with this year’s Peterborough Women’s Festival. As part of the week long celebration the town hall is hosting a full day of activities on the 9th of March including stalls, speakers, poetry as well as some great food.

There are loads of events going on during the rest of the week including the Feminist Book Club, theatre at both the Undercroft and the John Clare Theatre as well of course, the Cine-Sister event mentioned earlier to close it. Full details here. 
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3) COLD WAR, PETERBOROUGH ARTS CINEMA (21st March, 7:30pm, John Clare Theatre)

A chance to see one of my favourite films from 2018! Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s, two performing musicians are brought together by their dream of escaping the propaganda machine they are part of to escape to more creative freedom. They embark on a turbulent and destructive relationship spanning decades and nations.

Stunningly shot in black and white, and set to a gorgeous soundtrack of rural Polish folk songs to Parisian jazz.

The film earned a Best Director award for Paweł Pawlikowski at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 and was a Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography nominee at the Academy Awards 2019.

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4) ART OUT II, RESPACE (23rd of March from 12pm to 8:30pm. New England Project, Occupation Road PE1 2LJ)

In collaboration with the Peterborough Art Society, ReSpace is bringing you a celebration of local artists. This includes live painting, craft tables, art for sale and live music. This will be the culmination of a week-long Art Festival in the space running from the 16th of March 10am until 4pm every day.

ReSpace Peterborough was handed the keys to the derelict New England Institute a few months ago, together with a handful of committed local people, they transformed a third of the building into the thriving New England project for under £500. It aims to bring people together to celebrate art, music and each other. More info here. 


5) TREASURED PEOPLE AND POSSESSIONS EXHIBITION (Peterborough Museum, Exhibition open 16 February – 30 June 2019)

This is a fantastic exploration of today’s Peterborians, and celebrates the rich heritage of our city and its citizens. It features photos, treasured objects and the true stories of the people and communities behind them.

A highlight includes the film “Workers” Directed by Jay Gearing and Produced by Ben Rogaly in which ten individuals give personal and moving accounts of warehouse and food factory work, and reflect on their creative lives beyond the workplace. Full details here. 
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A BONUS RECOMMENDATION: THE BUSTER KEATON PICTURE SHOW! (Stamford Arts Centre on the 28th of March, 7pm)

Where classic comedy meets contemporary music performance in this screening of Buster Keaton’s The General (1926), accompanied by original live score and immersive light show by instrumental-trio Haiku Salut.

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Cine-Sister’s first screening!

If you’re in Manchester this weekend come and see the launch of my first film programming venture Cine-Sister!

Support female filmmakers and some fantastic charities (MASH, Women’s Aid, & Shelter) and there’s loads of other great stuff happening at the event. The screening starts at 2pm on the 4th of March 2017 in at Texture, 67 Lever St, Manchester.

Cine-Sister will be launching with a short film screening featuring 7 female directed/produced films. The films in this screening deal with themes of gender, race, religion, body and identity. There is a mixture of drama, comedy, animation and documentary short films so there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

You can find out more about the films here:

This screening is part of Wonder Women 2017 at an event held by Traffic MCR and you can find out more here:

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 3)

The third and final day of Manchester Animation Festival! The stars of the show were, of course, the Ray Harryhausen puppets on display during the day. In the morning, John Walsh and Connor Heaney gave a talk on the lost treasures of Harryhausen and an insight into his world of stop-motion creature effects. Other highlights included the live recording of the Skwigly podcast, which included interviews with some of the filmmakers from the festival.

In between events I was able to watch the short film programme “Student Films 2,” my personal highlights were Ama by Emilie Almaida, Liang Huang, Mansoureh Kamari, Julie Robert, Juliette Peuportier and Tony Unser. Perched directed by Liam Harris and Mr Madila by Rory Waudby-Tolley which although I had seen before at a This Is Not a Cartoon screening a few months ago it’s still a fantastic and funny film.

Overall, this was a fantastic event to photograph and attend. I wish I could’ve stayed for the award ceremony right at the end but unfortunately, I had to set off.

I hope to come back next year and I hope anyone reading this gets the opportunity to attend next year also!

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 2)

Day 2 of Manchester Animation Festival kicked off with a special virtual reality animated experience called HooDoo by the animation company BlueZoo who gave a masterclass later in the afternoon. There was also the fantastic “Women in Animation” panel discussing the representation of women in animated films (something right up my street as you may know) as well as loads of great screenings although unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any films on this day!

Above are my photos for day 2 of the festival.

You can keep up with the festival itself on Facebook and Twitter.

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 1)

Last week I was a volunteer photographer for the Manchester Animation Festival 2016, it was a great experience I met so many lovely people and saw some weird and wonderful short films. The itinerary for day one featured highlights such as a masterclass about the film Phantom Boy, a life drawing class and a conversation/award ceremony for Aardman Animation.

Above are some of the photos I took for the festival of day one.

I was also able to see a programme called “Student Films 1”, my personal highlights of this were Fishwitch, a fantastic stop-motion short directed by Adrienne DowlingTough an interesting look at familial cultural differences by Jennifer Zheng.

I will be posting a selection from Day 2 and 3 later this week!

You can keep up with the festival itself on Facebook and Twitter.

The Witch of Wilmslow Road- Screening

The film I directed as my graduate project starring Emilie Degioanni and Umer Farooq will be screening in Manchester on the 11th of September as part of Scalarama- Directed by Women month in Gullivers NQ at 7:15pm thanks to Film Vault Manchester.

Facebook Event is here:

and you can find out more here:

I hope to see you there! The event is FREE!

Grad Film Update- “Soul”

I recently finished production on one of Grad films Soul on which I was the Producer. The film is currently in the post-production stage.

Soul is an exploration of a support group for people who believe they have lost their souls. “Every morning at 9am a group gather on an urban wasteland – they are all connected by an emptiness in their lives – a lack of a human soul. Together they try to find meaning in their blank existence. However, their world is thrown into chaos by a jogger.” 

You can follow the project on:



and I will post more updates here also!