The Farmer’s Arms Young Person’s August Film School

4-Day School: Sat. 7, Sun. 8, Sat. 21 and Sun. 22 August, 10.00am – 4.00pm
10:00 - 16:00 GMT

The Farmer’s Arms
£40.00, includes refreshments and lunch

About this Workshop

Grizedale Arts Associate Artist Philip Speakman invites young people across the South Lakes to bring their creative and destructive energies to a 4 day hands-on experimental filmmaking school. 

Hosted over two weekends at The Farmer’s Arms, the school is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 17 interested in gaining experience in front and behind the camera. Participants don’t need any previous experience in film-making to get involved, just a keen interest to learn.

During the school, participants will collaboratively develop and produce a new film with Philip based on a legendary 1990s rumour about a group of teenagers threatening to burn down National Trust Properties in the Lake District. Exploring a wide range of approaches to artist film and video works, the drive and direction of the final piece will be steered by the participants interests and ideas as they work in alongside Philip. The finished film will be showcased during Grizedale Arts Open Valley event in September. 

All participants will gain hands-on practical experience in video camera operating, lighting, sound recording and editing, script writing for artist film, green screening, special effects, and filming with a drone. It is also hoped that we will be able to host a day of the school’s programme at a National Trust property not far from The Famer’s Arms.

The school costs £40.00 per person and includes all materials, refreshments and lunch. Advanced booking is essential by Tuesday 3 August. Book Here.  Bursary places are available for low income households, please email for more information. 

About the School Leader:

Philip Speakman is an artist who graduated in 2017 from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins where he also taught in the Film and Video Unit. In 2020 he was awarded Grizedale Arts inaugural Volunteer Commission for ‘The Err’ and an audio commission for BBC Radio and Arts Council England’s Petrichor Project.

Philip’s filmmaking practice explores his interested in fiction and storytelling, myths around landscapes, sci-fi and romanticism, creating new worlds through his own collaborative production approach. Over the lockdown, he also got very into Hyperpop and rollerskating.