March of the Women

Balsall Heath and Moseley Women’s Institute wanted to mark the Centenary of the first women casting their votes in a General Election. They came together to sing a song written by a Suffragette alongside a series of songs written by the group and by women migrants.  I documented the event through film and photography and passed it on to John Hill-Daniel who worked his magic with editing the piece together into a wonderful celebration of women of today and yesteryear.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth: Then and Now – 40 Years at The Warehouse

Join us as we delve into the archives to explore the history of Birmingham Friends of the Earth and ‘The Warehouse’. This film features the early days of Push Bikes Birmingham Cycling Campaign Page and The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country’s predecessor, the ‘Urban Wildlife Group’.

The film was produced as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project to mark 40 Years since Birmingham Friends of the Earth first took on the lease of ‘The Warehouse’ in Digbeth.

Lichfield Festival 2017

A timelapse of a community workshop in a pop up shop during the 2017 Lichfield Festival.  Based on the theme of ‘travels’, I invited passers by to interact with a wall sized map of the world – marking where they currently live, where they have lived or worked and where they want to go.  They also produced patches to make a patchwork quilt of journeys – real and imaginary.

Building Bridges

This advocacy film was made with a group of adults with Learning Disabilities in Rowley Regis.  Based on research by Building Bridges, the film outlines some of the key challenges members of the research group find in their daily lives.  It identifies a number of areas where organisations could improve their services to make lives easier for anyone with a learning disability.

Early Education Entitlement for 2 year olds

If you have a 2 year old child then they could access 15 hours of free childcare per week during term time through the Early Education Entitlement.

This film to promote this Government Scheme was produced for Balsall Heath Children’s Centre to encourage local parents to take up the offer. Balsall Heath and surrounding neighbourhoods have low rates of pre-school children in education, yet attending an early education setting can have real benefits to children and their families.

Sparklers

‘Sparklers’ are a group of parents in Birmingham who are doing dynamic, life changing work in their local community. Through parenting classes and peer support they are pushing themselves to take on important roles as mentors whilst assisting other families through signposting. The project which is a collaboration between Balsall Heath Children’s Centre, Washwood Heath Children’s Centre, Clifton Primary School and Approachable Parenting, has been recognised at a national level through the prestigious ‘Nursery World’ awards. This is their story.

Help for Hedgehogs

Join the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery, The Wildllife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, Birmingham City Council Park Rangers and pupils from St Albans RC Primary School and Woodthorpe Primary School as they give ‘Help for Hedgehogs’!

This short film was made by pupils at both schools, alongside Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker. It is packed with information about how YOU can help encourage hedgehogs into your own garden and neighbourhood. Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically in the past 50 years – unless communities take urgent action we may witness their terminal decline in our lifetime.

This project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has taken place between August 2016 and July 2017.

Playing Out in Birmingham on National Play Day

Would you like to close your street for play? Space Explorers commissioned this short film about the Playing Out initiative that we supported in Kings Heath, Birmingham for National Play Day Wednesday 7 August 2013. You can find out more about the Playing Out movement at playingout.net

BCOP 70th Anniversary Events

As part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations for ‘Broadening Choices for Older People’, this film was commissioned to document a year of community events and parties for the Charity. Founded in 1946 to house elderly people made homeless by the Blitz, BCOP has gone on to ‘broaden choices’ through developing high quality accommodation to suit a range of circumstances in addition to a variety of community services.

The film was produced alongside Sam Lockyer and James Watson of Iconic Productions.

The Care Act – Nottinghamshire County Council

Iconic Productions were commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council to produce a suite of films relating to changes in Health and Social Care in the area.  The films were aimed at service users and their families, as well as professionals in the care sector.  Rachel worked alongside Iconic Productions doing camera work, interviewing and recording a voiceover.