Extant – Home: The Way I See It

A group of storytellers, made up of Blind Veterans and friends have worked together for 10 weeks.

They have learnt to tell as story from their childhood; to move you, make you laugh and prompt you to think about your own life and if it were you, what you might tell others.

It’s an intimate portrait of how we can gather, despite differences, to share a piece of our history.

And you’re invited.

Produced for Extant, May 2019
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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.

Breaking the Silence

This film features testimonies of survivors of genocidal rape and was produced for Remembering Srebrenica.  The Charity is encouraging the public to ‘Break the Silence’ on violence against women and girls, and has used these powerful stories to highlight just how important it is to speak out against such extreme violence and hatred.

Content warning: this video features personal testimony from rape survivors.

Breaking the Silence: The Women of Bosnia

This film features testimonies of survivors of genocidal rape and was produced for Remembering Srebrenica.  The Charity is encouraging the public to ‘Break the Silence’ on violence against women and girls, and has used these powerful stories to highlight just how important it is to speak out against such extreme violence and hatred.

Content warning: this video features personal testimony from rape survivors.

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.

Untold Stories: Lauren Taylor – Relative enlisted from Hartlepool

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Untold Stories: Lt. Col. Steve Jeffery – Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Untold Stories: Gordon Duggins – Korean War Veteran

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Pool of Memories – Viv Harrison

‘Pool of Memories’ was a three year Heritage Lottery Funded project which documented the history of Moseley Road Baths, a Grade II* listed Edwardian Swimming Pool in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.  As well as being used for swimming, the building houses washing baths and an old laundry and it was also a popular dance hall in the Winter months.