Inspiration and Ideas

Films

Interesting and inspiring films – by us and others – about playing out and making use of shared public space:

The Playing Out Film

A short introduction to playing out.

Watch here

Hackney Play Streets

A wonderful heart-warming film about Hackney Play Streets made by Hackney Council and Hackney Play Association and produced by Mother Brown Films. The film features children, parents, carers, stewards, teachers and drivers and shows the benefits of playing out in the street spaces across the borough. Watch here

Stories From The Street - a short documentary by children in a south Bristol street

Children in a playing out street in south Bristol became astute interviewers during their summer street party in 2014. They asked some interesting questions of the adult residents to understand better what it was like when they were growing up. Watch here

Playing out in the snow, Hackney

A wintry scene in Hackney, North London, as Winston Road holds a playing out session in the snow. Watch here

Liveable Streets

Revisiting Donald Appleyard’s Liveable Streets. Watch here

A 1972 View of Dutch Play Streets

Children living in the Amsterdam neighbourhood De Pijp fight for a play street without cars in 1972. Watch here You can read our blog piece on it here.

Playing Out pilot, Newcastle

Great to see what residents in Newcastle are doing to make their streets more playable. Watch here

BCC Creative Seed Film

How Bristol City Council funded a project for an artist to get people thinking how their streets could be different for play… Watch here

Bounce Skate Play

Made by children from the ‘Ashton Gate Documenters’ group, south Bristol, led by artist Kamina Walton, this film explores children’s feelings and ideas about play. Watch here

Playing Out in Birmingham on national Play Day 2013

Three streets in Kings Heath in Birmingham closed their road for the afternoon on national Play Day 2013. You can watch a short film about it here

Spreading the word about Playing Out

Young filmmaker Ewan French made this film about Playing Out on his street in Bristol.