Director, editor, co-writer and producer
Client: Dazed Digital
LifA Best Experimental Short, Official Selection East London Film Festival, LifA, Barbican Festival Chronic Youth, Black International Film Festival, LABF Festival, movies4movies & Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017
“'Kids often grow up fast, and with a clear vision of what success looks like. There’s a powerful sense of autonomy - a mix of imagination and trust that gets young people through difficult situations”
— Stella Scott
As we draw closer to the end of a politically turbulent year, the commentary of the short gives us a glimpse into the minds of the next generation who will have to eventually handle the fallout of a post-Trump, post-Brexit world.
Reverie is a film and photography series capturing the dreams and aspirations of young people. The British filmmaker has taken photos of all the young people involved, who then uploaded the images to their personal Instagram accounts. The posts were accompanied by the hashtag #thisisreverie, along with each individual’s thoughts and dreams. Having run groups with her partner Joanna Vieira with youth workers from Platform Islington, The Participation People, Kids Company (since closed) and Kings Corner Project (since closed), Scott and Viera collected over 50 voices.
The young people involved unanimously decided the project’s focus. “The conversations were vast but they all hated associations with the word ‘struggle’ – they wanted to focus on the possibility of sculpting a future undefined by the past,” says Scott. She discovered that for all those interviewed, dreams were a way to “form a sense of self and a way to stay afloat through difficult times.”
Scott adds: “There’s a lot of conflict between what people want and what people see around them, between the life they are sold and the one they are living. People are taught to be free thinkers, to dream big but they are still trapped in archaic stereotypes and systems. We have long been intoxicated by the idea of self-made success, but as the promise of possibility expands, the reality of inequality continues.”