Writing Britain, an extension project to the ‘Writing Leeds’ film delivered in 2012, commissioned by the British Library and Delivered by Studio12 – Leeds Library service. The aim, to produce short films written by young people, their films to reflect their sense of place, belonging, hopes, dreams they have for the future.

After months of workshops with young writers, the majority of which were first time writers, individuals are chosen to have their words put to film. In partnership, Investment in each film was undertaken by Studio12 a media initiative dedicated to working with 16 – 30 years and supported and developed by the industry film production companies.

Shot on cinema cameras, underwater and on fire, the films provide a cinematic perspective to the harsh reality faced by our young writers. Writing Britain highlights how investment in young people can result in new, informative, reflective and exceptional ideas for film.

Writing Britain: Saph Holden

Addressed to government the film is an agonising tale of her teenage self and how she coped with the death of her sister at this time. Developed over nine months, the script and subsequent film was created by Saph working in collaboration with Industry filmmakers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NArHvZGgG3g

Writing Britain: Hassan Abdullahi

Provides his powerful poetical perspective on growing up in Leeds. Developed over nine months, the script and subsequent film was created by Hassan working in collaboration with Industry filmmakers

Writing Britain: Mandlenkosi Maposa (Ma’s story is really interesting from disadvantaged troubled background to now an entrepreneurial guy developing apps and setting up as powerful role model in the city) “Live how you sleep. Live how you dream.” Ma reflects on the power of dreams in this uplifting Writing Britain short.

Leeds – Writing Britain from LEFT EYE BLIND on Vimeo.

Writing Britain is a national project lead by the British Library and generously funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This two year initiative will create a sustainable partnership with four city libraries: Newcastle City Library, Leeds Central Library, Norwich & Norfolk Millennium Library and Bristol Central Library. The project aims to engage young people aged 16 – 24, outside of formal education, with library and heritage collections.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. www.bl.uk

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the larger independent grant-making foundations in the UK. It makes grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future. www.phf.org.uk



Writing Britian – Documentry
from Studio12 on Vimeo.

The supporting documentary questions the social problems facing an emerging social class and asks what more can be provided to todays’s youth living within it.

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“If you want to be moved, inspired and impressed this is where to look; some extraordinarily powerful work produced by some of the city’s newest emerging talent. Take it seriously – it’s not to be missed.” Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire

“We are always delighted to support projects such as this one delivered by Studio 12, which provide our young people with the opportunity to not only harness their creative talents but also learn new skills.” Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills

“The films is absolutely beautiful and so moving” Ellie Kirby Programme Coordinator – Arts, Channel4

“The films are great (!) – congratulations on getting them finished..” Simon Reeve, BBC presenter.

“Leeds must be the European Capital of Words on Film already!” Steve Dearden, The Writing Squad

“Amazing & humbling project” Culture Vultures