“I’d like to think that we strive in film and theatre to tell great stories, and I believe in the power of storytelling in our culture.” – Andy Serkis

Storytelling is something that Birmingham has long been known for. From the lyricism and music of the heavy metal and reggae movements, though to late night coffee evenings surrounded by spoken word, stories and Brum go hand in hand.

Today, thanks to the marvel of technology, we can create moving stories, pieces of aesthetic beauty that not only tell the story visually, but can transform streets into post-apocalyptic pathways, and gardens into magical forests. Through the medium of film, we can not only create fantastical stories but also document real ones, and moving image powered by social media connectivity has created some of the biggest ripples in social action and awareness we’ve seen in recent years.

Birmingham needs stories. We need to tell the stories of our city, its people, the successes and failures, but most of all we need more representation on the big screen. Birmingham has always played its part in both movies and TV shows, sometimes for itself, but often as a cheaper alternative to London. We need to no longer be the alternative. We need to become the protagonist.

There are many film makers rising from Brum, and Impact Hub Birmingham is going to count itself amongst one of the vibrant spaces to discover, consume and discuss film in the city.

Starting in September, a monthly film night Yellow Wednesdays (think Orange Wednesdays with a hub twist) will be showing work by local filmmakers.

For this to work, we need your submissions, so grab a camera and make it happen!

To get involved with Yellow Wednesdays send a link to your films or trailers to: info@paulstringerartist.co.uk