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.

LET’S TALK Knife Crime Project 2019-2022

LET’S TALK, CTVT’s four year project looking for breakthrough initiatives to confront the scourge of knife crime, has now commenced its second year. The country generally but inner cities and London especially are still facing loss of life, fear and a rise in violent crime. This is usually perpetrated by just a few but affects the many.

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Community TV Trust [CTVT], in schools and PRUs and workshops for the disabled and marginalised, offers media training & filmmaking, engaging people and young people in open-ended creative work, linking Community to Education. Featured above is a scene from a musical drama about knife crime created by Year 9 students at Harris Academy Peckham.

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Partnering CTVT in the first year of LET’S TALK were Harris Academy Peckham, Surrey Square Primary School and Bede Youth Adventure Project.

In an amazing example of doors opening on unexpected developments, two members of the LET’S TALK Panel were able to facilitate a meeting with the Prime Minister for two recently bereaved parents.

Theresa MayTheir son had only left Harris Academy Peckham a year before he was killed trying to separate others fighting. Theresa May released £200,000 to fund two additional case workers for the National Homicide Service supporting victims of violent crime in London as a direct result of listening to the father’s story.

The benefits of bringing people together.

CTVT has produced a large number of film dramas with the students at local Southwark schools, primary and secondary, and youth clubs, and shot a one-hour documentary with students and staff at Cavendish School in Bermondsey.

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Chris Haydon, who founded Community TV Trust in 1999, worked in broadcast TV as a director and producer, learning his trade as a documentary filmmaker on 16mm at Granada TV in Manchester.

 

Chris Haydon
Director
Community TV Trust
07970 970 715

chris@communitytvtrust.org

CAVENDISH FILMMAKING

CTVT raised funds in early 2014 for a filmmaking project at Southwark’s special Cavendish School which works with young people from all over London. Students usually come from very difficult backgrounds and have found formal education problematic. Over the course of ten weeks, a film drama was created of which all were proud. Chris Haydon led the project with Siren Turner as writing coach.

We have run an extended project from January 2015 at Cavendish School, combining workshops for student films with a long term documentary production which is now due for completion in October 2015.

CTVT 2011 Update

The Travellers heritage DVD commissioned by Southwark Council was launched at Tate Modern in June 2011 in the presence of the Mayor of Southwark; films inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s Fourth Plinth ‘Ship In A Bottle’, made by students at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s, were screened at South London Galler on 23 March; CTVT Director Chris Haydon was commissioned to write the Media curriculum for 2011’s The Challenge, a national summer project for young people; we planned our next educational DVD, on gangs and gang culture in south London, and forged links with a new partner for this project.