Directed by Kirsty Housley
30 October 2023 – 31 March 2024

A new film from Clean Break
Co-created by Nicole Hall, Michelle Hamilton, Kirsty Housley, Carina Murray, Natasha Jean Sparkes, and River.

Directed by Kirsty Housley

Co-created by Nicole Hall, Michelle Hamilton, Kirsty Housley, Carina Murray,  Natasha Jean Sparkes,  and River.

Running time: 27 minutes

Age guidance: 12

Available to screen on the Hub
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30 October 2023 – 31 March 2024

“It’s not us that needs to change, it’s the world.”

Hope is an uplifting story of personal growth and community activism, exploring what hope means for women facing adversity. Through personal stories, reflection, poetry and movement, Natasha, Carina, Michelle and Nicole navigate how we can hold on to hope in times of uncertainty, and what to do when the world makes you feel there is none to be found.

This lyrical documentary offers an intimate portrait of four women pushing back against oppressive forces which threaten to squash their spirit. It invites us all to consider: where does hope come from, what sustains it during times of darkness, and how can we share it with others?

Tickets are now on sale for a number of screening events this Autumn.

Hope has been released digitally and is available to watch on Clean Break’s Knowledge Hub.

Full credits

Cast: Nicole Hall, Michelle Hamilton, Carina Murray, Natasha Jean Sparkes 

Ensemble: Amy-Jane Pearce, Aseema, C.C., Cici Clarke, Clare, Delia Jane McCorry, Denise Ennis, Eddy Queens, Elizabeth, Ellen, Emma Monnickendam, Jean, Jennifer Joseph, K.T. Marsh, Oriana White, Sarah, Sharon Leigh, Sof M, and Yvonne Jeffrey.

Director: Kirsty Housley
Director of Photography: Tracy Kiryango
Associate Director: River
Editor: Cydney Adams
Sound Designer and Composer: Elena Peña
Sound Mixer: Jasmine Allodi
Movement Director: Jennifer Jackson
Producer: Maya Ellis
Colourist: Tash Hicks
VFX Producer: Sorrel Higgins

With thanks to all Clean Break Members involved in the development of the Hope project; Myah Jeffers; Nic Connaughton and Neil McNab; FiLMiC Pro; the team at Clean Break; Catherine Thornborrow, Harvey Dhadda, Mica Taylor, Johnny Wilson, David McSevent, TJ Chappell-Meade, Rachel Dudley, and all the staff at the Royal Court Theatre.

With special thanks to all those that supported Hope by donating to the Big Give Women & Girls Match Fund 2022.

The co-creators would like to dedicate this film to Molnár Bálint, Violetta Garcia, Sarah Morag Hamilton, Jámbor Margit, Elijah Murray, Denis Power, Carrie Rock, Nirvana Valentino, and Paula Williamson.

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