Over 200 short films made by up and coming artist filmmakers aged 16 – 24 from across England will be showcased in Playback, a touring interactive exhibition.

These remarkable and award winning short films made by emerging talent capture today’s world: from underground zine cultures, to urban communities and digital lives.

The exhibition features individual touchscreens that let you choose your own films; from drama, comedy, dance and spoken word. Curate your own selection on screen and try out new ways of watching film.

Playback at the De La Warr Pavilion will feature short films by young people from across the South East. Each three-minute film fizzes with energy and excitement and creates an astonishingly powerful mini-world. Thought-proving, evocative and visually stunning Playback highlights bold expressions of creativity by emerging and future talent. At the Pavilion, all the films will be shown on individual touchscreens that let you choose your own films and will be shown on the North Staircase. Films on show range from animation and drama to dance, documentary and spoken-word.

Playback is funded by Arts Council England and is a joint initiative with Channel 4 Random Acts.


The project develops talent by offering film education, training and production support to 16 -24 year olds to make their short films. By 2018, 360 films will have been made and screened to audiences nationwide. The films range from 90 seconds to 3 minutes in length.

Playback Touring Exhibition wraps up with Playback Festival at the ICA in London (21 –25 March 2018), which hosts the exhibition alongside an accompanying festival of events aimed at emerging artist filmmakers. Playback also tours concurrently with Random Acts Presents, where cinemas across the country screen curated selections of the films.

Local highlights

This exhibition features a number of works by local artists, see some of them below

Street Ballet

Hastings based Jason Butler, Indiana Hamilton-Brown and Jake Burnett have made Street Ballet, a beautifully choreographed film linking ballet and skateboarding.

This is Colour

This is Colour is a film written and performed by Josh Wildman, also from Hastings.  At a time when acts of racism and homophobia are on the march in the UK, this cautionary tale from a young gay black performer is a reminder about the value of colour in a dull world.


The Mask

A very special film for the De La Warr Pavilion is Sharif Persaud’s The Mask. Filmed in Hastings and Bexhill, Sharif, who has autism, talks about his life whilst wearing a mask of Al Murray’s face.  We see him go backstage at the Pavilion to interview Murray, whilst still wearing the mask.  Sharif has been an exhibiting artist at the Pavilion where he showed in Project Artwork’s In The Realm Of Others exhibition in 2015.


Ellie Taylor from Peasmarsh has written and directed Hear – an insightful film about what it feels like living with a hearing impairment.

Its All In The Mind

Eden Kötting from St Leonards has made Its All In The Mind, an exquisite and finely drawn animation celebrating nature.

Feeling inspired?

The De La Warr Pavilion is inviting filmmakers of all ages to take part in our Short Film Challenge with a chance to win a £300 cash prize.

View full brief here.



Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following :

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free. There is also lmiited free car parking along the seafront.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on 01424 229 111 to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.