Hotchi - TT’s Lisa Smith and her brother Jason make short film for Ch4

7 June 2017
Hotchi - TT’s Lisa Smith and her brother Jason make short film for Ch4

Lisa and Jason Smith brother and sister duo are Romani filmakers from Worcestershire.

“Hotchi is the British Romani word for hedgehog. Our film is called this because we felt it captured the very essence of our lead characters’ personality. An introvert at heart with a hard exterior.

Here we offer you a glimpse into the life of a stranger and invite you to determine the parameters of perception and reality”.

Starting life in 2012 as a late-night shorts strand on Channel 4, Random Acts has grown into a compilation TV programme dedicated website. First Acts is a partnership with Arts Council England and Channel 4 to give young artists and filmmakers, aged 16-24 the opportunity to receive production support, mentoring and a small budget to create their own short films (90 secs to 3 mins). All the short films are ‘bold expressions of creativity’ all are engaging, experimental, beautiful and quirky.

You can watch the short film here:  

Rural Media, publishers of Travellers’ Times, chose Jason and Lisa’s idea out of 100s submitted. Grant Black, Creative Director said “we were really impressed with the idea and the script that Lisa and Jason sent in and although they didn’t have any formal filmmaking experience we felt sure that with the right support they could go on to make a fantastic film”

The film is now live on the Random Acts website and the Rural Media First Acts team will be working hard to also get into festivals, exhibitions and cinemas as well as offering further mentorship for Lisa and Jason to work towards their next creative adventure!

If you are aged 16-24 and based anywhere in the Midlands and have a great idea for a short film we’d love to hear from you – you can find out more here

You don’t have to be a filmmaker – Rural Media are looking for artists, poets, musicians, dancers, writers and performers with an interesting or unusual idea 

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