Lost and Found, Streets Apart – double bill from Hull collective Women of Words

An online double-billing of films by Hull’s spoken word collective Women of Words, is to be screened on December 2nd.

The Women of Words at Little Wold Plantation.
The Women of Words at Little Wold Plantation.

Lost and Found is a new film short featuring Cassandra Parkin, Louise Beech, Lynda Harrison and Michelle Dee, made on location at Little Wold Plantation, East Riding of Yorkshire. 

Lost and Found is a reaction to the isolating effects of the restrictions to movement and social gathering, felt by the collective during the pandemic. Taking a pre-arranged creative writing prompt the four writers reimagine what is possible within the six minute free write framework, and then share their responses with each other. While indoor events are curtailed, the film is a reminder that the outdoors can serve you well as a setting to inspire new work. 

“A prompt is only a starting point, it should never be a barrier,” said Cassandra Parkin.

Lost and Found was kindly funded through the Grants to Arts initiative via City Arts, Hull City Council. Film by Sarah and Phil of Mollusc Films. 

Women of Words hope that their short film will be enjoyed by their regular monthly audience, whom they continue to miss during 2020, despite the welcome but never the same switch to online WoW events. The collective invite individual writers, other creative collectives and performers to respond to the theme of ‘lost and found’ and encourage them to share their words online using the hashtag: #lostandfound2020 

Duration 10 mins approx. 

The online premiere of Lost and Found will also feature a second film, Streets Apart.  

Streets Apart consists of nine spoken word pieces written and performed by Cassandra Parkin, Louise Beech, Lynda Harrison and Michelle Dee. Working remotely with visual artist Anna Bean the collective have created a unique series of performances inspired by their experiences of lockdown. Edited by Anna Bean with original music by Ben Parkin, each performer appears within a subtle frame designed by the artist that reflect both character and content.  

Duration: 25 mins approx. 

To watch the films, please register for the event here:

(Attendees must be registered to view the film)

Headphones or external speakers advised to achieve the best sound reproduction whilst watching the films.  

Women of Words Streets Apart, created during the first lockdown, was previously screened as part of She Fest Digital 2020 : She Productions, East Riding Theatre. 

Women of Words is an acclaimed spoken-word collective creating work individually and as an ensemble. Through a residency at Hull Central Library they showcase the talents of women in and around the Hull region, giving each voice a space to perform. 

Follow us: Facebook.com/womenofwordshull 

Tweet @womenofwordshul using: #lostandfound2020 

Website: www.womenofwordshull.wordpress.com

[Michelle Dee – Women of Words]