Open Sessions #17: How We Tell Our Stories In Film

Join us for Open Sessions #17 and hear from experts on the power of visual storytelling
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Friday 24th November 2023

Lighthouse, Brighton

Open Sessions #17: How We Tell Our Stories In Film


Open Sessions #17: How We Tell Our Stories In Film

Date: Friday 24 November 2023

Doors: 6.30 pm

Event: 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Location: Lighthouse, Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ

Tickets: FREE. Booking Required

Join us to explore the captivating world of visual storytelling through moving image. This Open Session, curated by our current Lighthouse Young Creatives cohort, presents a panel discussion covering music videos that transport us to another world to documentaries that shed light on real-life narratives. Bringing together experts and visionaries who will share their diverse approaches and perspectives on the art of cinematic storytelling, the evening will cover how we tell our stories through film.

Our incredible panel includes:

Chelsea Mtada - Journalist, content creator, poet and founder of NIGHTSTAND SERVICE.

Lewis Jones - Director, editor, and co-founder of post-production company Cousin Films.

Nosa Eke - A platform agnostic director writer, whose work crosses technology and storytelling.

Matt Hopkins - Award-winning director and co-founder of The Progress Film Company.

Our brilliant host for the evening is artist-filmmaker and Lighthouse producer Lucie Rachel.

Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker, an avid fan of the medium, or simply curious about the magic of cinematic narratives, this event promises to be an engaging and enriching experience.

Register now to secure your spot and be part of an unforgettable evening of storytelling, creativity, and inspiration. We look forward to seeing you there!


Lighthouse is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. This event will be held in the ground floor, level access, reception space. For further information email info@lighthouse.org.uk or call 01273 647197.

About the Speakers and Panel Host

Lucie Rachel (host) is an artist-filmmaker exploring gender, sexuality and domesticity, with a wider interest in conversations about class and the creative industries. Lucie has directed award winning short films with the Scottish Documentary Institute, Glasgow Film, Channel 4 RA and Art With Impact. Their films have screened worldwide, toured with the British Council, BFI and videoclub, and have been broadcast on Channel 4. Lucie is a producer at Lighthouse, film curator for Queer the Pier project, BMAG, and is a member of the Working Class Creatives Database.

Chelsea Mtada is the founder and editor of NIGHTSTAND SERVICE, which she launched whilst working at the global creative agency "Amplify". Chelsea specialises in connecting beauty brands to youth culture and a new generation of consumers. Her versatile storytelling style has contributed to her portfolio as a journalist, content creator, poet and beauty thought leader. In her career as a creative writer, her work has contributed to the award-winning short poetry film 'Bluebird' by Ella Ezeike and self-published poetry collection "Daughter."

Lewis Jones is a director & editor, and co-founder of creative post-production company Cousin Films. Lewis is self-taught, starting his journey in the industry behind the camera, filming short films and music videos. He is crafting his own path into the world of directing, establishing a reputation for creating emotionally resonant and visually compelling content. He strives for his work to evoke genuine emotional responses, captivating attention and inspiring action.

Nosa Eke is a platform agnostic director writer. Her work in the cross section between technology and storytelling has led her to being named “Britain’s Next Level Gaming Talent” by the Apple app store, a future creative leader by Google Creative Labs CreativeDirector, Tea Uglow, as well as a Trailblazer by Accenture. She is an alumnus of the National Film and Television School and the Soho Theatre Writers Lab. She has also written an episodic interactive digital experience on mobile for a Future Book award winning start-up, has been in the writers room for an EA game and written an episodic narrative on the Amazon Alexa for the BBC.

In 2018, Nosa was picked for the BFI Flare/BAFTA mentorship programme as well as co-writing and directing short film, Something In The Closet, which played festivals including BFI Flare Festival 2020 and BFI London Film Festival 2019. Nosa recently directed episodes of Big Age for Channel 4/Tiger Aspect, Six Foot Something for Sky/Hattrick and Still So Awkward for BBC/Channel X as well as been 2nd Unit director on BBC Three show Peacock. Nosa was picked as one of the recipients of the inaugural BBC Comedy Collective Bursary 2023 and she was also one of Edinburgh TV Festival’s Ones To Watch for 2022. She currently has a show in development with Red Productions/StudioCanal, is directing an Audible podcast and has her debut feature, The Young And The Dopeness, in development with the British Film Institute.

Matt Hopkins is an award-winning director from the UK, known for his ability to tell cinematic stories featuring real people from all walks of life. Alongside branded work, Matt regularly creates independent documentaries for his acclaimed series England Your England, and currently has two long form documentaries in production. Matt’s work has screened worldwide, winning awards at The Climate Change Film Festival, The Brand Film Festival and The British Independent Film Festival as well as garnering multiple coveted Vimeo staff picks. His work regularly features in industry press, achieving Campaign’s ‘Ad of Day’ as well as 5 star ratings in David Reviews.

On top of his work as a director, Matt co-founded The Progress Film Company in 2010, a UK based creative studio which exists to tell stories that matter, as well as develop the next generation of filmmaking talent.

About Lighthouse Young Creatives

Lighthouse Open Sessions are an opportunity to make new connections, meet like-minded people, hear from creative people about their career-defining moments and gain advice for getting started in the creative and digital sector.

Lighthouse Young Creatives is a personal and professional development scheme for young people in Brighton & Hove aged 16-25 who aspire to work in the creative industries but face exclusion through lack of access and barriers to participation.

First launched in 2018, the scheme equips participants with the skills, confidence and connections they need to enhance their employability, entrepreneurship and future career prospects through a six-month programme of production skills training, business development support, mentoring, showcasing and networking.


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