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Young filmmakers create drama in the Drama Block

— May 2015

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Filming in progress at the BBC Television Centre

The Listeners Project, a Hackney-based initiative that works with young filmmakers in unique spaces to create special short films, has taken residence in Television Centre, White City. Over the space of two weeks, four directors and crews were given access to four different spaces in Television Centre's Drama Block, a warehouse space where television sets and props were historically created and stored. They were each given 24 hours to make a short film, taking the theme of 'resurrection' and the jumping off point of Emily Dickinson's poem Afraid? Of whom am I afraid?.

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By creating a series of short films the Listeners Project aims to acknowledge the history of the space and tell stories that keep it for ever.

Ben Lambert, Creative director on the Hackney based project, said:
The Listeners project is all about honouring the space, the walls, before they change into something different. London is always developing, which is great, but it's also good to take a pause and acknowledge a space before it goes. We create short films that preserve the memory of the walls for ever. The Listeners Project is also about bringing together established writers and directors with those that are up and coming and giving everyone a chance to create and 'play' in the space.

Natasha Coleman, executive producer on the project said:
We are really excited about the Listeners project being at Television Centre. It's a great space and we hope the films will showcase both the past and the present of Television Centre, as well as giving a nod to the exciting new development that's taking place. It's great to work with Stanhope on this and acknowledge both the old and the new life of the Television Centre.

About The Listeners Project

The Listeners Project goes into old buildings that are soon to be demolished or regenerated, and makes short films in the space. Each director gets allocated a room in the space at random and working with their crew they must create a story within that space (and only that space) within a specified time limit.

About Television Centre

Television Centre is a mixed use development by Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan, which will create 950 new homes, a new Soho House club and over 500,000 sq ft of office space aimed at occupiers in the creative sector. The forecourt will be remodelled and enlivened by new shops, leisure and entertainment uses including a cinema, gym, restaurants and cafes. The BBC will return to Television Centre in 2017 to operate refurbished studios through its commercial subsidiary BBC Studios and Post Production, with BBC Worldwide having moved into a new home at Television Centre early in 2015.

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