RED NOSE DAY (Camera-Director)
Comic Relief 2-5 minutes.
Three short films made for Red Nose Day, and used on Comic Relief’s schools website. Each focuses on an Ethiopian child who is supported by a local NGO and Comic Relief partner. Rameden is an orphan who lives with his brothers, one of whom is an acrobat. Beyan lives in a “moon” house with his family and their goats, and attends after school tutoring. Mahder is a star pupil who hopes one day to become a doctor.
LOCAL VOICES, GLOBAL CHOICES:
Christian Aid UK 4 minutes.
Part of a film showing disaster risk reduction work in developing countries, shown at an international disaster reduction forum in Panama City. Made by Christian Aid for a consortium of NGOs.
This chapter shows Noor Islam, a poor manual worker in northern Bangladesh, an area on the frontline of climate change. With the help of Friends in Village Development Bangladesh, a partner of Christian Aid, he’s been able to protect his home and and his livelihood - by learning how to farm ducks that flourish in a flood.
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FIELDS OF GOLD (Director)
Media Trust for Fairtrade Foundation 14 minutes.
Two U.K. women venture onto the banana plantations of St. Vincent, in the Windward Islands, to see how Fairtrade bananas are grown for British supermarkets. They each meet up with a woman farmer who shows them why they get a better deal from Fairtrade. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Shown at Toronto Environmental Film Festival.
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FREEDOM TO CHOOSE (Camera-Director)
Media Trust for International Planned Parenthood Federation 6 minutes.
This film visits two very different kind of family planning projects - one in Tbilisi, Georgia and the other in Lima, Peru - to show the work of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the biggest NGO of its kind. Both projects were in danger of losing their US funding because of the ‘Global Gag Rule’ reimposed by George W. Bush, which prohibits any abortion counselling in clinics that receive US funds.
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ENVIRONMENT: JOURNEYS THROUGH A CHANGING WORLD
Nomad Productions for The Open University 6 minutes.
One of a series of short programmes produced for an Open University environment course. This short film contrasts a “day in the life” of two different women in Ethiopia, one urban, one rural. They explain how they access water and sanitation, and the impact of water availability on family life.
Awarded “Highly Commended“ by MEDEA awards for excellence and creativity in media in education. More information about the award: MEDEA AWARDS
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WORKERS MATTER (Director)
Resource Base for Institute of Development Studies 22 minutes.
Training film about a worker-centred system for ethical & social monitoring of farms and factories supplying the global market. How can UK businesses ensure that their overseas sub-contractors are abiding by agreements such as the Ethical Trading Initiative?
Filmed at a South African vineyard and a garment factory in Wales.
TOGETHER TV (Camera-Director)
EU / Christian Aid / Discovery Europe 1-2 minutes.
Short “commercials”, profiles of individuals from developing countries, shown on Discovery Channel Europe to introduce mainstream European audiences to development issues. “Karrus” is about a Liberian living in a refugee camp in Ghana who starts a school. “Shakuntula“ is about a Dalit (so-called Untouchable) Indian woman who learns to make videos, and “Sunita” is about a young Indian woman who escapes an abusive background to become a teacher.
DISCRIMINATION AND DENIAL: ABORTION IN NORTHERN IRELAND (Director)
Nomad Productions for International Planned Parenthood Federation 12 minutes. Short film about the culture of repression and silence that surrounds discussion of abortion in Northern Ireland. Women in Northern Ireland pay tax and contribute to the NHS, but are denied the same rights as other UK women enjoy under the 1967 Abortion Act. Campaigners and legislators, including MP Diane Abbott, argue that this is discrimination.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF UCLH (Director)
Media Trust for University College London Hospital 9 minutes.
Six hospitals, twelve interviews, no commentary - a promotional film for University College London Hospital Trust.
SPICE CARAVAN (Camera-Director-Editor)
Independent 4 minutes
A group of refugee women in London form a social enterprise to provide catering at festivals, markets and events, aided by people from their local community. They also learn to ride bicycles for the first time…
CARMEN GOES TO SCHOOL (Director)
Abbotsbury Music 14 minutes.
Record of a project in West Dorset bringing a professional outdoor performance of Carmen to local schools, and the workshops for students in singing, dancing, artwork that preceded it.
UK TODAY (Director)
Worldwide for Foreign & Commonwealth Office 6 minutes.
Hampstead Comprehensive in north London welcomes refugee children. Many arrive traumatised and some unaccompanied, hastily put onto planes by relatives or aid workers. In this short film, made for the Foreign Office’s magazine programme, sixth formers show how friendship between local kids and the newcomers has enriched both, and led them to form a charity for refugee children.
GREENING EDEN and WALKING LIGHTLY YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT (Director)
Nomad Productions 2 x 10 minutes.
Two short films for Open University Dept of Environment & Design, looking at reducing carbon footprints at the individual and institutional levels, partly filmed at the Eden Project, Cornwall.
BODY OF EVIDENCE; THE RELIGIOUS CASE AGAINST FGM (Director)
Womankind Worldwide 10 minutes.
Film using amateur footage of a conference in Cairo where Muslim and Orthodox Christian clergy refuted any links between religion and the practice of female genital mutilation, and urged others to condemn it.
MAKING SOCIAL WORLDS (Director)
Nomad Productions for Open University various lengths.
Short films for an Open University sociology course. A sociological analysis of the modern airport, showing how it relates closely to the course themes of security, conduct and attachment, using a trip through Stansted Airport as an example.
SOUNDS-WRITE (Director, Second Camera)
Nomad Productions 65 minutes.
Training film to show the new “Sounds-Write” method of teaching reading to primary school children, filmed in Milton Keynes.
VOLUNTARY MATTERS (Series Producer-Director)
Media Trust for Learning Zone Six x 30 minutes.
Series of training films about the management of voluntary groups and charities in the U.K. Each of the six episodes looks at a real organisation and how they deal with issues such as partnerships, conflict resolution, use of I.T., fundraising, and managing volunteers. Presented by Aminatta Forna.
REALISING DIVERSITY (Director)
Resource Base for Welsh Development Agency/European Union 26 minutes.
Four businesses shown in this film provide examples of diversity in small and medium sized enterprises, from doll-making to furniture design. Filmed in Greece, Ireland, Austria, and Wales.
FIRST LIGHT MOVIES (Director)
First Light 6 minutes.
UK charity First Light Movies sponsors the making of hundreds of short films every year, collaborations between young people age 7 18 and professional filmmakers. This film meets the participants at the annual awards ceremony, and at the Downing Street reception where Gordon Brown meets the young filmmakers.
MYTHS ABOUT MADNESS (Director)
Mental Health Media for Dept of Health 21 minutes.
Does the media stigmatise people with mental health problems?
In this programme, six people with psychiatric diagnoses, plus a journalist (Jonathan Freedland) and a psychiatric nurse attempt to overturn common prejudices. The film is aimed at professionals teachers, health workers, police who might deal with people with mental health problems in the course of their work.
HIT THE HEADLINES (Director)
Mental Health Media 22 minutes.
People with mental health problems, and user groups associated with psychiatric units are reluctant to expose themselves to media scrutiny for fear of being misrepresented. This video encourages them to participate in media coverage of mental health issues. Among those discussing strategies to avoid the “Psycho Killer” syndrome is journalist Martin Bashir.
WIRED UP COMMUNITIES (Camera-Director)
Media Trust for DFES 2 x 13 minutes.
Two films showcasing the Dept for Education‘s scheme to provide deprived communities with I.T. hardware and internet connections, and to create a private television station on an east London housing estate with programmes made by residents.
WELCOME TO THE I.A.S. (Director)
Media Trust for Immigration Advisory Service 10 minutes.
Film introducing asylum-seekers and immigrants to the work of the Immigration Advisory Service, and showing how it can benefit them. Three people tell their stories of stalled legal cases, illegal deportations and recalcitrant British Consulates, and how the I.A.S. got to the bottom of their problems. Produced in 12 languages.