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) started her professional career as a screenwriter. Her collaboration with screenwriter Kirsikka Saari resulted in aninternational festival hit, the short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2014. Vilhunen’s debut fiction feature Little Wing received the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2017, and her documentary feature Hobbyhorse Revolution was nominated for the EFA Young Audience Award in 2018. Vilhunen is a co-founder of the production company Tuffi Films Oy.