Hansel of Film

Visit the website: http://hansel2012.org

Hansel definition: ‘a gift to commemorate an inaugural occasion, the launching of a new boat, the birth of a child, a new home, new enterprise.’ John J Graham – The Shetland Dictionary.

Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back was a UK wide relay of screenings of short films made by the public as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Shetland Arts took a UK-wide part in the London 2012 Festival celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  ‘A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back’ was a relay of screenings of short films made by the public in each of the nations and many of the regions of the UK.

It launched in Shetland on 10th June with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the isles as it reached its UK most northerly point. The films were then relayed between participating venues by ‘runners’; that is, creative and energetic individuals who employed whatever means of transport they can devise to get the right films to the right venue on time. This culminated in a marathon screening of over 100 short films at Shetland’s annual film festival, Screenplay 2012, between 4th and 9th September.

The project took films made by Shetlanders and others to twenty one venues around the country and formed a celebration of ‘home made’ short films similar to that which takes place annually at Screenplay.

Acclaimed film critic Mark Kermode and film historian Linda Ruth Williams, who are the curators of Screenplay, were very active in promoting the project across the country.

Photograph: Billy Fox



The London 2012 Festival was the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.  Spread over four years, it was designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

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