A strong documentary telling the stories of three disabled adults and following on from their first film in 2010, “BELT, BRACES & DISABILITY 2” updates the lives of Dan, Rachel and Troy. Time has not been friendly to all of them but their resilience and character shines through.

Especially pleasing about this production was that Troy edited his section of the film and selected all the music tracks, and both Dan and Rachel produced their sections of the film.

MENders in Peckham

CTVT is producing short videos for Peckham Settlement, funders of community focused initiatives and organisations in Peckham SE15.

Here is a look at the ‘shed’ world of older men and their creativity, based in Peckham’s old library building. Meet “MENders”:

The venture is full of characters and character. Meet Francis, Dennis, Nico and others who express themselves in practical projects and amiable sharing all under the guidance of the vastly experienced Axel. Well done to Age UK Lewisham & Southwark who run the scheme. The ‘shed’ is oopen on Fridays and Saturdays at 122 Peckham Hill Street SE15.

This short film is the first of many more to come as Peckham Settlement aims to increase awareness of its desires to support local ventures with modest grants. This means Community TV Trust will be busy in production, publishing the video stories both here and on other websites.

Breaking Bonnie

Here is a crime drama, a single 52 minute film, produced with Freewheelers media group via the services of Chris Haydon who has worked as their media tutor since 2006. This complex story of drugs, corruption and redemption was produced in eighteen months. As is the custom, dialogue is improvised after lengthy discussions and planning over plot and character.

Ems Dooley, who came up with the story, plays Supt. Bonnie De’ath whose drug habit leads her astray. Redemption comes at a price, with a significant sacrifice.

Bede House at 70 documentary

Newly uploaded is our 2008 film celebrating seven decades of work in Bermondsey for Bede House. Old stories, archive film and photographies, valuable historical testimony from the main players some of whom are no longer with us …

The commission came from Nick Dunne who is still Bede’s Director these several years later. He wrote and narrated the film.

New Work / 2017 & Beyond

CTVT  has been reflecting on our future activities: over the years we have engaged with mental health service users, special needs education for 11-16 year olds, and the adult disability sector with which we busily continue. Ex-offenders too have come our way for both documentary and drama work, all of which was very rewarding. We have explored international dimensions too.

CTVT’s documentary work producing formal fifty minute and half hour films includes productions for Bede House, for the Shame/Violence Intervention practice with ex-offenders, for Freewheelers Theatre Company members whom we have supported, as well as at Cavendish School where we have made formal documentary alongside students’ film drama projects – all of which encourages us as we move forward.

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Local broadcast TV is now relatively established and across the UK assumes vastly different character and personality. Here at Community TV Trust we had high hopes for the London channel (Freeview channel 8) but they have focused on ‘entertainment’ rather than tapping down into true local voices raising true local issues, whether celebratory or other.