Documentary - Completed 2017

Never stop doing what you love: A funny and moving film about teenagers with growing pains, who discover their own voice and talent through riding and making hobbyhorses.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary, True Story, Children's
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 88 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Selma VILHUNEN
    • Producer(s)
    • Venla HELLSTEDT (Tuffi Films), Elli TOIVONIEMI (Tuffi Films)
    • Synopsis
    • The Oscar-nominated Selma Vilhunen has directed a documentary about young hobbyhorse enthusiasts. Over the past ten years hobbyhorse riding has become a global phenomenon and a way of life for thousands of young people.
      Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny and moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of a community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa whose lives have been transformed by their new interest: hobbyhorses. Despite a lack of understanding by some, the girls bravely and spiritedly pursue their hobby.
      Playing with hobbyhorses is a traditional children’s activity, but today’s Finnish teenagers have created a versatile hobby around it, raising the scene to a whole new level. The hobbyists’ are organised, working on a voluntary basis. In one hand they are active online with their Instagram accounts, blogs and fo- rums while on the other they practise the sport by exercising outdoors in woods and parks - and they are serious. They are an ever-growing group that trains determinedly and organises nationwide competitions. Every handcrafted hobbyhorse has its own name and personality. The age range of hobbyists’ is continuously expanding with the eldest now over 20 years old. The hobbyhorse fever is now spreading abroad as well.
      Director Selma Vilhunen says: ”Making this film has been a sort of an exercise in leaving go of my own preconceptions. I have never seen such a diverse and inclusive community as this. I’m forever grateful for the chance to explore this world.”