Writing Britain: Mandlenkosi Maposa
“Live how you sleep. Live how you dream.” Ma reflects on the power of dreams in this uplifting Writing Britain short. Developed over nine months, the script and subsequent film was created by Hassan working in collaboration with Industry filmmakers Left Eye Blind.
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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 Left Eye Blind.
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Writing Britain: Saph Holden
Addressed to Mr Cameron and Michael Gove 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 Left Eye Blind.
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Writing Britain – Leeds, an extension project to the ‘Writing Britain’ film delivered in 2012, commissioned by the British Library. The aim, to produce three short films written by young people of leeds, their films to reflect their sense of place, belonging, hopes, dreams they have for the future.
After months of workshops with over 15 young writers, the majority of which were first time writers, three individuals were 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 company Left Eye Blind.
Shot on RED cinema cameras, underwater and on fire, the films provide a cinematic perspective to the harsh reality faced by our young writers and millions of others growing up in poverty. The supporting documentary questions the social problems facing an emerging social class and asks what more can be provided to today’s youth living within it.
The result, three films produced to a industry standard, which British Library, Studio12, Left Eye Blind and the young people are conferment to take to main stream media. Writing Leeds highlights how investment in young people can result in new, informative, reflective and exceptional ideas for film.
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.
“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
WRITING BRITAIN – 2013
In 2013, we challenged a group of young people to create a spoken word film that explores language and notions based on their cities sense of place. Delivered as a response to the national project “Writing Britain” by the British Library.
Set in locations close to the lyricists’ hearts the film depicts the challenges, choices and difficulties that young people face today. Below is the link to the first film produced for this project.
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