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.

Cavendish Link Continues

Funding has been raised to support more filmmaking at Southwark’s Cavendish School in Bermondsey. We are delighted to continue our work with this wonderful school and its excellent young people. The current project is scheduled to run till the end of January 2017.

Community Channel – funding drive

The national platform that is the Community Channel via crowdfunding has found a way forward, not least due to Sky giving 50% of the target figure of £300,000. Congratulations to Caroline Diehl and her team!

A Community Channel owned by the community offers a tantalising prospect: local media organisations together with local radio/TV stations could create a network across the country that feed a national platform as well as their own individual outlet. Campaigning anyone?

When you consider the disconnect shown by the Labour Party’s current difficulties over working with a leader whose popular mandate is not mirrored by the Parliamentary Labour Party, social media plus local broadcasting becomes a real player for change.