David Knight - 18th Oct 2016

The third annual talent-nurturing film competition Homespun Yarns has been won by Thomas Ralph with a powerful documentary/music video about the impact of Brexit upon British youth, featuring the Lyves’ haunting alternative electro soul track, Darkest Hour.

In a vote by the audience at a screening party held at Ministry of Sound in London last Thursday (October 20th), Ralph's film was chosen ahead of three other films, in the competition organised by Homespun, the music video and content arm of Stitch Editing. Ralph collected his award and £500 prize from Tim Hardy, partner and senior editor at Stitch and Homespun (above). 

This year Homespun partnered with Wave Music, and invited filmmakers to submit their ideas for a short film inspired by Lyves’ Darkest Hour. After a biggest number of entries in the three-year history of the event, four scripts were chosen to be given funding to complete the films.

The finalists at the screening on October 20th, all featuring the Lyves track in some way, were Ralph's Darkest Hour, JJ Augustavo’s UNDDRCVJRR LOVYYUURS, Thomas James's Bliss and Lee Thomas's Darkest Hour. Ralph's film, edited by Paul O’Reilly at Homespun, presents the stark reality of British youth culture, following the EU referendum earlier this year. 

“After listening to the track, with it’s beautiful, atmospheric tone, the open brief got me thinking I had an opportunity to make something out of the box,” explains Ralph. “It was the week following the EU referendum that I was brainstorming ideas - I was struck by both the divide in the country but also the media ignorance to the people most affected, the youth of Britain today."

Ralph, who works as a creative researcher at Caviar, as well as having directed videos for Turtle and Vessels, adds: "I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the four finalists when I say that having the opportunity to openly interpret Lyves haunting track as well as collaborate with Homespun’s talented roster (big shout out to Paul O’Reilly) has been a unique and one-off experience all of us have thrived under.  To win it, well that’s just the icing on the cake.

"Having received such humbling feedback and responses from the kids and families portrayed in the piece; I’ve learnt as a filmmaker that when you explore something as honestly as you can, film is the most powerful of artistic mediums.”

Managing Director, Angela Hart, and Head Producer at Homespun, Alice Clarke, commented: “This year saw the most entries we’ve ever-had for Homespun Yarns. The standard of the films and the craft involved absolutely blew us away. We can’t thank everyone enough, and most of all, Wave and Lyves for providing such beautiful inspiration for all the filmmakers this year. 

"We’d also like to thank all the other generous people who gave their time and expertise to ensure these films became a reality including, Work, The Mill, MPC, Mad Ruffian, Splice, Freeform, Electric Theatre Collective and Jogger Studios.”

• View all Homespun Yarns 2016 finalists here

David Knight - 18th Oct 2016

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