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Tune In — Blanche Pictures — work by artist and filmmaker Esther Johnson

Tune In

Film Stills · Please click on image for further stills

2006 // 14’16” // 16mm // mono // UK // IMDb // British Films Catalogue

a film by
Esther Johnson

Peter Graylen
Steven Overall
and enthusiasts from the amateur radio community

Nicolas Schröder

Esther Johnson
Winnie O’Neil

Radovan Scasascia

sound recording and design
Chu-Li Shewring

Film London executive producer
Maggie Elllis

Film London LAFVA producer
Pinky Ghundale


funded by
Arts Council England with the support of Film London through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Award

A portrait of the fascinating world of amateur radio operators, better known as HAMS. Dealing with the politics of space and social communication, Tune In blends documentary and abstract audio to reflect on the use of DIY radio equipment in an ever-changing modern world.
‘The Space-age hobby where the world is your friend.’

“An unusual delight…beautifully composed study of a dying breed of enthusiasts and hobbyists…The more I think about this film the more I love it and it well deserved to be fifteen minutes long which few films do.”
– Ben Blaine Shooting People Film Programmer 2006

“An astute and affectionate portrait on the unseen community of HAM radio enthusiasts.”
– London Film Festival


Finalist Yorkshire Film Award 20th Leeds International Film Festival

Solo Gallery Exhibitions

Always and Never at Home ARGOS centre for art and media Brussels, Belgium 08–16.10.16
Wireless Worlds Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University 07.03.13–20.04.13
This Is Not A Gateway Hanbury Hall, London 22–25.10.09

Group Gallery Exhibitions

Light Field The Lab, San Francisco, USA, 11–13.11.16
The Super Estate: EXHIBIT Gallery London 06.07.09
Let the User Speak Next: Purescreen #20: Castlefield Gallery Manchester, UK 30.04.08
Film Showcase: 42 Briggate Gallery Leeds, UK 26–29.08.07
DCA, Dundee, Scotland 07.07
ARTRADIO: Cornerhouse Manchester 06–08.07
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh 05.07
Magic Lantern The Centre for Contemporary Arts: CCA Glasgow, Scotland 05.07
I Seek You: S1 Art Salon S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK 02.07
Archeopology Bureau Gallery, Salford, UK 10–12.06

Film Festivals and Special Events

Edited Arts presents BBC Radiophonic Workshop 60th Anniversary The Cause, Ashley House Depot, London 21.04.18
Ghost Station: Bletchley Park National Codes Centre, Milton Keynes, UK 30.09.12
Film Brigade, Flyway Film Festival Pepin, Wisconsin, USA 10.10
Film Brigade, Voices From the Warehouse District Bubuque Museum of Art Iowa, USA 09.10
SoundFjord Gallery, London 07.10
Rooftop Film Festival New York 09.09
Art.Tech San Francisco 04–06.09.09
Yuri’s Night Bay Area 08 NASA Ames Research Center California, USA 12.04.08
UK Space Conference Charterhouse, Surrey, UK 27.03.08
Glasgow Film Festival CCA, Scotland 14–24.02.08
FinalCut: Komedia Brighton, UK 08.10.07
Saltaire Arts Festival: popup Arts Trail, 7 Shirley Street Saltaire, UK 08–09.09.07 and 15–16.09.07
6th Silhouette Short Film Festival: UK Programme Paris, France 09.07
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 08.07
Portobello Film Festival London 08.07
European Short Film Biennale, Stuttgart, Germany 07.07
54th Sydney Film Festival, Australia 06.07
EXPO: Sonic Arts Network & i-DAT, Plymouth UK 06.07
Cannes Film Festival, UK Film Centre France 05.07
Sound Forest/Skanu Mezs Andrejsala, Latvia 05.07
East End Film Festival: Four Corners Film London 04.07
International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund and Köln, Germany 04.07
Loesje Short Film Festival Berlin 04.07
Fools Tricks: MadCat Film Festival US Tour 2007
Pushing the Form: MadCat Film Festival US Tour 2007
20th Leeds International Film Festival 11.06
Numero Festival, Lisbon, Portugal 11.06
50th BFI London Film Festival, UK 10.06
Feedback Radio, Media Space 06, Wand 5 Stuttgart, Germany 10.06
MadCat Film Festival, San Francisco, USA 09.06
VideoClub, Brighton 07.06
Artist Moving Image, Into Outer Space: 26th Cambridge Film Festival Cambridge, UK 07.06

Radio Broadcast

Soundart Radio 102.5fm First Spark Radio Festival The Gallery, Dartington College of Arts, Devon, UK 31.01–07.02.09