Playing with hobbyhorses is a traditional children’s play, but today’s teenagers have brought the scene to a new level. They are unofficially organized and have the attitude of punk rocking anarchists. They are serious – and an ever-growing international group of thousands of girls. Hobbyhorse Revolution is a joyful and adventurous film in the interface between reality and imagination. Through the documentary material shot during a period of three years, selected animation sequences and the hobbyists’ own videos we experience a portrait of a hobby that defies categories and of young people who are brave enough to be true to themselves.
Selma Vilhunen (b.1976) is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director. She has won the Finnish competition of Tampere Short Film Festival twice with her documentaries My Little Elephants (2003) and Pony Girls (2008). In 2005 she co-wrote the feature film Homesick with Berlinale Golden Bear nominee Petri Kotwica.