Mary Stevens Hospice Charity Film
I lost my Mother this year and towards the end of her life she spent 13 days receiving respite care at Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge, in the West Midlands. They are a charity who need to raise £1.8 million a year from donations in order to offer the care that they do for people like my Mum. This short film is part of a longer-term commitment I made to make a film about the work of the Hospice so as to aid their future fundraising strategy. It's a simple film - self-shot and edited with a few captions designed to lead to a call to action. marystevenshospice.co.uk
The Secret of My Success
Writer and director of a short recruitment film for Rasgas in Qatar aimed at young locals; produced through Resolution Productions locally. The client brief asked for a film that would bring to life and give visual expression to the secret that lay behind their success in the organisation.
Concept and direction: made for PWC. An IVCA Silver Award winner in Recruitment/Induction.
Concept & Director; produced through Resolution Films in Doha, Qatar for their client Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). Recruitment film.
Winner of 3 awards: a prestigious IVCA Clarion for Best Video, two IVCA Awards - Silver for Documentary and a Bronze for Best Charity/Welfare.
Immigration is a major issue in British politics and the media in Britain. I set out to dig deeper into the story as so much of what I saw and heard felt like persecution and prejudice.
What followed was a personal journey of exploration behind the headlines. Eventually I met someone from a charity working with refugee's, who was keen to make a film addressing the human side and the everyday realities faced by people arriving in Britain. I met some remarkable people who told some extraordinary story's and selected three of them to be in the film. Torn is a campaigning film and, I hope, a testament to the human cost of asylum and a plea for inclusion.
'This is a film about Sidra...'
Commissioned by Sidra in Qatar and made by Resolution Productions. I was working as their Creative Director and it was the first sizeable project I directed for the company. Sidra (the client) is set to become one of the largest medical research developments in the world. The organisation wanted a film that would help with a worldwide recruitment drive as they gear up to staff the expanding institution. They asked for a film that would tell a story about life in Qatar from the point of view of ex-pat's with a medical background. We found 3 families willing to take part and the task then was to weave together their stories and create parallel narratives that would bounce off each other. 'This is a film about Sidra' were the opening words uttered by the Erskine's young son at the beginning of the film. The film had a huge impact via the social networks out there.