This October half term (15 – 20 October) WHALE Arts is hosting the very first Wester Hailes Film and Moving Image Festival. Changing Perspectives, so- named after a short film made by pupils from Wester Hailes Education Centre earlier this year, is a community-wide event showcasing archival, community and artist film and moving image work.

Changing Perspectives | Tinderbox Score | 2018 from Screen Education Edinburgh on Vimeo.


Access to Film Making with Screen Education Edinburgh
Mon 15-Fri 19 Oct, 10-3pm daily
Wester Hailes Education Centre

Interested in learning how to make your own short film? During this course, you will learn, and be trained in the key aspects of film making from camera and sound to screenwriting, directing and editing. You will be using state of the art film equipment, working towards the overall outcome of developing, filming and editing your very own short film.

For young people aged S1-S4 from Wester Hailes Education Centre. Please register in advance with Alan (WHEC) or Helena (WHALE Arts).

Revolutionary Optimists with SCOREscotland
Tuesday 16 October, 2-5pm

SCOREscotland’s Green Futures project brings you a unique screening event of Revolutionary Optimists, provided by Take One Action. Filmed over the course of three and a half years, The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and three of the children he works with on an intimate journey through adolescence, as they fight for the better future he encourages them to imagine is deservedly theirs.

Can our young people be inspired by the child activists in this film aiming to bring about desperately needed change in their own community?

Drop in, Suitable for all ages, will include crèche for under 5s

Clovenstone Family Film Night
Wednesday 17 October, 6-9pm
Clovenstone Community Centre

Come along to Clovenstone Community Centre for a special family film themed event with fun digi-arts activities including 3D drawing with Wee Replicators, tasty food, and screenings of short films that celebrate the local community of Clovenstone over the years.

Drop in, suitable for all ages

Expecting Something: ‘This is no ordinary playgroup’
Thursday 18 Oct, 10.30-12.30pm

Every week a group of young parents and their little ones age 0-2 meet at WHALE Arts to have fun and be creative together. Art, music, dancing for everyone – Expecting Something is no ordinary playgroup. Over the past few weeks the group have worked with artist Becky Manson creating a short film to celebrate Expecting Something with the wider community. They’re delighted to share their work with you as part of Wester Hailes’ Changing Perspectives Film Festival.

Drop in or pre-book with WHALE Arts, For parents/carers 25 and under, bumps and babies under 2

Wester Hailes Kids on Film
Friday 19 Oct, 2-4.30pm

Description copy: Join WHALE Arts and Wester Hailes Youth Agency for a one off screening and workshop event celebrating our local kids through film. Including screenings of films made by WHALE’s smARTies group and a vlogging film made by Wester Hailes Youth Agency alongside an exciting Introduction to animation workshop with the Zoom Club. Think, make, create and disrupt using digital technology alongside more traditional hands-on making.

Book with WHYA or WHALE Arts, for ages 8-13

Dads Rock Screening
Saturday 20th October, 10-11.30pm

Dads Rock‘s Wester Hailes play group is a fun, positive a rocking place to be for dads/male carers and kids 0-5. As part of their Saturday play group they will screen a fun film made with their dads/kids over the past few weeks. This is a great opportunity to come along and find out more about what Dads Rock get up to every Saturday.

Drop in, For dads/male carers and kids 0-5

WHEC Film Makers
Saturday 20th October, 11am-12pm
Odeon Luxe Edinburgh West

Join us at Odeon Luxe Edinburgh West to celebrate the achievements of the young film makers from Wester Hailes Education Centre. This event will present a trio of films created in 2018 through partnerships with WHALE Arts and Screen Education Edinburgh, including their debut film ‘Changing Perspectives’ with an orchestral score by Tinderbox Youth Orchestra, the premiere screening of ‘Demon Hunters’ and their first community commission, a short documentary on Prospect Community Housing. 

By invite only. Please RSVP to Helena at WHALE Arts on Helena@whalearts.co.uk

Over the Hedge with ELF Library Film Club
Saturday 20th October, 2-4pm
Wester Hailes Library

The special edition of the ELF Library Film Club at Wester Hailes Library will include a preview screening of ‘Master of Time’, a short film made by young people from the library this summer in partnership with WHALE Arts. Following this short film the library will screen Over the Hedge. In this animated comedy from the makers of Shrek, a group of forest animals awake after winter hibernation to discover that a huge hedge has been planted in the middle of their home – and what’s on the other side is a new housing development.

Drop in, suitable for families

Changing Perspectives Projection Trail
 Saturday 20th October, 6-10pm
Westside Plaza and surrounding areas

Join us on Saturday night for the festival climax with an outdoor projection mapping trail at Westside Plaza brought to you by Double Take Projections. Local spaces will appear like never before, as we illuminate the Wester Hailes Library, Odeon cinema and underpasses with short films and moving images.

On the building surface of the Wester Hailes Library you will see footage from the WHALE VHS Archive; whilst a new animation inspired by the Sentinel newspaper, created by artists Morwenna Kearsley and Bernie Reid, will be projected on to the Odeon cinema. Lastly explore the local underpasses for light installations and a musical and text installation of community song ‘Let’s Meet at the Underpass’ at the railway underpass near the Healthy Living Centre.

Pick up a map from WHALE Arts and just explore, suitable for all ages.

Changing Perspectives Festival Hub
Saturday 20th October, 6-10pm

Visiting the Projection Trail? Why not pop into WHALE Arts to find out more about the event with the WHALE Community Cinema and warm yourself up with some tasty autumnal treats from Tasting Change. Also at this event see an experimental film piece showcasing the highlights of WHALE and Tasting Change by film maker Ollie Benton and join us for a family friendly disco in memory of World Disco Soup Day earlier this year.  Music, films, food and friendly faces – what more could you need?

Drop in, suitable for all ages

Changing Perspectives Local Screen Take Over
All week
Healthy Living Centre and local Libraries

Across the week look out for films popping up at your local services, such as the Healthy Living Centre or local libraries. Wherever you see at screen, check to see if there is something on offer from Changing Perspectives. Short films will include the Wester Hailes poem, and an exciting selection from the WHALE VHS Archive.

Following a week of local screenings and workshops the festival will climax with the outdoor projection mapping trail at Westside Plaza with Double Take Projections on Saturday 20 October 2018.

Double Take Projections have created spectacles at the Queensferry Crossing, Salisbury Crags and Edinburgh Castle to name a few. Local spaces will appear like never before, as we illuminate the Wester Hailes Library, Odeon cinema and community underpasses with short films and moving images. Projected moving images will include footage from the recently digitised WHALE VHS Archive; a new animation inspired by the Sentinel newspaper, created by artists Morwenna Kearsely and Bernie Reid, and a musical and text installation of community song ‘Let’s Meet at the Underpass’.Throughout the night visitors can get warmed up at WHALE Arts with tasty food from local project Tasting Change, a family friendly disco and a highlights reel with WHALE Community Cinema.

Highlights during the week include a screening of Revolutionary Optimists with SCOREscotland in association with Take One Action Film Festival, a family film night archive films celebrating the community in Clovenstone Community Centre, presentations of new films from Starcatchers: Expecting Something and Dads Rock; and a special screening of the WHEC Film Makers at Odeon Luxe Edinburgh West.

There will also be an abundance of opportunities for young people to get hands on with film making, such as a half term Access to Film course at Wester Hailes

Education Centre with SEE and introduction to animating with Zoom Club at WHALE Arts in partnership with Wester Hailes Youth Agency.

The full programme can be found at www.whalearts.co.uk