Featured in this Gallery are Disability Arts and Freewheelers Theatre & Media Company, documentary projects, London Young Voices, Cavendish School, Southwark.TV and first Peckham Settlement
Community TV Trust is supporting local funding charity Peckham Settlement with film production aimed at raising awareness of the rich variety of projects bubbling away in London SE15 that it supports with small grants. MenDERS, run by Age UK, is for older men and provides a ‘shed’ environment for creative and practical work, with guidance, cakes, tea and coffee all available:
CTVT supports disability arts in various places out in Surrey, both through the services of Chris Haydon as media tutor/filmmaker and through the use of CTVT equipment. In the summer we supported a Play In A Week, an annual theatre project of mayhem and merriment involving a large cast and many helpers volunteers craftspeople and professionals who perform at the Nomad Theatre in East Horsley, Surrey.
The play’s director and choreographer both work with Freewheelers Theatre, as does the musical director and two of the technical volunteers, plus Chris Haydon too. “Once Upon A Forest” was written for Play In A Week by Rachel Barnett.
In Cobham, Chris Haydon runs a media group who recently completed production of four seasonal films shot at Painshill Park. This stylish landscaped world with a lake, follies, a vineyard, woods and wildlife offers filmmakers a host of splendid locations.
A simple theme links the four films which the learning disabled participants and their carers and project volunteers combine in fun storytelling. The Summer film played on the idea of Midsummer Night’s Dream and as with the other three films in the series leads the central character Tom to revise his ideas about special things in life: in Summer it’s Fairies, in Autumn it is ghosts, in Spring the Easter Bunny, in Winter Father Christmas.
The videos in this next screen showcase work done by Southwark.TV, the full online listing of videos can be seen here
A year-long film documentary project with counsellor Jonathan Asser has concluded with a fifty minute film about his unique therapeutic work with violent prisoners. Nine ex-offenders from HMP Wandsworth collaborated with CTVT, along with Lord Ramsbotham, British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, Howard League for Penal Reform, and Prison Reform Trust.
London Young Voices
In August 2012 Community TV Trust completed its three-year project encouraging positive media from young people.
At 2012’s Bold Tendencies programme, a venture run by Hannah Barry Gallery in the heart of Peckham, Chris Haydon presented films that reflected the range of subjects, from dark to light, that have emerged in the project since 2009. London Young Voices portrays the young urban mind on its journey from the innocent exuberance of Primary School to the turmoil, hormones, peer pressure, and the question of gang affiliation and violence that come with passage into secondary education.
Via South London Gallery in January 2011 and via the new Borough Road Gallery in June 2012 London Young Voices worked with Year 12 A-level Photography students at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School. The former linked to the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, the latter to a collection of David Bomberg paintings given their own gallery space by London South Bank University. High quality, imaginative, thoughtful, if sometimes tangential, films resulted.
From September 2011 CTVT worked with Year 7 students at a secondary school in Lewisham, utilising a 2-camera studio facility to produce news reports, short dramas and studio discussion features on subjects including climate change and gangs. Teamwork was a noticeable gain, with students ten at a time organised into production teams directing, vision mixing, camera operating, floor managing, running auto-cue, presenting, performing, etc.
CTVT showed early on a good range of films from local schools and from Bermondsey’s Bede Youth Adventure Project, at the PECKHAM SPACE screening in June 2010. The Space was packed with participants from Goose Green Primary School and St Michael & All Angels; with key staff from Southwark Council, two people from Crimestoppers, Decima Francis (founder of From Boyhood To Manhood), Evolution Quarter TRA, friends trustees and associates of Community TV Trust. The event served to track the journey of young minds across the years from primary school into turbulent mid-teenage youth.
Two films in particular stood out: DECISIONS by Millie Cook and Bede Youth Adventure Project, and CHOICES from St Michael & All Angles Academy. Former rap star Napoleon, Mutah Beale, visited this Southwark school and got the students’ attention.
Under the London Young Voices banner we ran a project with BEDE YOUTH ADVENTURE, making three films which were exhibited at the Coleman Project Space in Bermondsey. The show opened in April and closed on 9th May 2010.
We are proud that two London Young Voices films were screened at the National Film Theatre in July 2010 as part of the Flipside Film Festival. Young filmmakers from Bede Youth Adventure Project and from St Michael & All Angels Academy attended, with staff.
CAVENDISH 2014 – 2016
CTVT has produced a full length documentary and a number of film dramas created, developed, planned and acted by students.
Bede House commission
We were commissioned by Nick Dunne at Bede House to produce a film commemorating the 70th anniversary of his organisation.
CTVT SUPPORTS FREEWHEELERS THEATRE & MEDIA COMPANY
Community TV Trust supports the work of inclusive Leatherhead-based disabled arts company, Freewheelers Theatre Company. Documentary and substantial film drama feature on the production lists. A recent addition is “Breaking Bonnie”, a police crime drama.