Young Electrics is a group of young people who meet at Sussex Coast College Hastings Campus on Thursdays 3 - 5pm during term time, to learn about cultural cinema, research film titles and plan cool film screenings, principally aimed at 16 – 25 year olds, but all screenings open to all.

Look out for events by 'Young Electrics Presents...' in the programme.

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Saturday 17 July, 8pm: Honey Boy

15, 94 Mins / 2019 / USA

A brave, bold, unique autobiography that you won't be able to forget.

From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams.

Fictionalizing his childhood ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career.

LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA Twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbour and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home.

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is applied to all films which are directed by women and/or written by women. Find out more about F-Rating.

Why The Young Electrics chose the film:

"It is really difficult being creative, you have to really believe in yourself to make things happen. That’s hard when it seems like for every person who is there to pick you up, there is another to knock you down. Sometimes you can take the smallest comment in the wrong way. The hard part is believing in yourself, consistently enough to shut negativity out and to succeed, whether or not you have support and understanding from friends and family.

It is also hard to show all that through a film, without being too precious or serious about it so that people don’t enjoy the entertainment - this film has all those things and we all need a serious laugh."

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Young Electrics film creations

Below is a selection of film and moving image work created and curated by the Young Electrics. The shorts reflect a diverse and creative consciousness and explore a variety of themes through the medium of film. Viewer discretion is advised. We hope to screen the films at the cinema when we're able to open again post lockdown.

You can see more of the group's work on the Art Hastings website.

Mid 90s skateboard-themed evening
In October 2019 the Young Electrics hosted a fantastic skateboarding themed evening of screenings, including Jonah Hill's debut film Mid 90s, plus a double bill of short films from local filmmakers about the Hastings skate scene.

See a selection of snaps from the event on our Facebook page.

Some good news - we've received some BFI National Lottery support specifically to develop our Young Electrics programming group offering! 

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If you are passionate about film, marketing or eventising then email our group organiser, Aimée, for more information or to register interest!

Main image credit: Simon Booth